Project extension for CADARN Learning Portal

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16th July 2015

The project timeline for the CADARN Learning Portal has been extended, as agreed by HEFCW and with the support of the portal’s partners, Aberystwyth University, Bangor University, Glyndŵr University, Grŵp Llandrillo Menai, The Open University in Wales and Y Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol. This will enable the CADARN team to provide continued support until December 2016 and will ensure the website is fully maintained until December 2018.

The portal supports and stimulates the production of online and open educational resources across a partnership of Welsh universities. The educational media produced by the partnership are promoted online within a comprehensive database of courses maintained at the Learning Portal, to inspire new students from all walks of life into higher education.

Tom Bartlett, Project Manager at The CADARN Learning Portal, said:

"When we embarked on this project, we wanted to give teaching staff in higher education the tools and support needed to kickstart the production of educational media. We are now showcasing these productions to open up higher education to potential students from every walk and stage of life.

"The first two years of the project established a need for this support and as revealed in the feedback we’ve received to date, our ability to provide it. We are dedicated to ensuring that the portal itself is a comprehensive and valued source of information for potential students and teaching staff alike for years to come, with new features and much more content to follow.

"Higher education institutions are operating under increasingly difficult conditions, not least from a financial perspective. Keeping up with technological advancements and sharing ideas with other institutions can help in maintaining a competitive edge. The CADARN Learning Portal presents the best of technology enhanced learning from across our partners to inspire potential new students and to support and promote best practice amongst teaching staff. The project has also funded a set of audio visual equipment, recording spaces and a small mobile production team to assist teaching staff to produce some of the educational resources that will be shared through the portal."

The main elements of CADARN’s work covers:

The Learning Portal

A platform for sharing best practice and providing advice and guidance on the production of educational resources; facilitating and encouraging innovation by providing a focal point for sharing ideas.

A browsable database of courses offered by the partnership with a growing collection of educational media used during studies as inspirational tasters of the student experience.


Training and support in how to produce educational media. A core two-day workshop has been designed to cover production and post-production and will be run at regular intervals. The workshops are currently held in Aberystwyth and are open to all academics and staff at CADARN’s partner institutions.

Parachute Sessions

More bespoke and responsive assistance in the form of surgeries and “parachute sessions”. Designed to meet specific needs, the CADARN production team visit a university and focus support on a particular area of production. 


Collaborative projects with individual academics and staff, who are given the direct support of our production team to help create an educational resource. The aim is to impart production knowledge as a kickstarter to enable local staff to work on future projects by themselves.

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