Time and Money - Key Challenges to Creating Educational Media

Nearly three quarters (73%) of graduates* believe time is the main challenge to higher education teaching staff when it comes to producing educational media, with two thirds (66%) citing money as a significant challenge. The research** is published by The CADARN Learning Portal https://www.cadarn.ac.uk , which supports and stimulates the production of online and open educational resources.

Tom Bartlett, project manager, The CADARN Learning Portal, comments: “It’s not surprising that this is the perception graduates have of the constraints on higher education teaching staff. We understand from speaking to our partners and peers that there is an appetite amongst teaching staff and students for digital educational media but the current climate is making it very difficult to meet that demand.

“As a portal, we encourage collaborative working and believe it could be the key to meeting students’ expectations of educational media. Sharing best practice and resources could help higher education institutions combat the restraints that time and money place on them. And to help encourage production even further, we have recently launched an awards to recognise the work done by teaching staff in this area.”

The awards, to be held at the Millennium Centre, Cardiff on 22nd September 2016, are open to higher education institutions across Wales in the external award category and to CADARN’s partner institutions in the remaining four categories. Further information can be found here: www.cadarn.ac.uk/awards

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*Graduates from 1960s to 2010s

**CADARN surveyed 156 people across the UK in April 2016.

For further information, please contact:

CADARN Press Office

Esyllt Sears, 07980 782 484 / 01970 800 524

esyllt@cadarn.ac.uk

Notes to editors:

The CADARN Learning Portal supports and stimulates the production of online and open educational resources and access to bilingual learning across its partnership of Welsh universities and higher education institutions: Aberystwyth University, Bangor University, Glyndŵr University, Grŵp Llandrillo Menai, The Open University in Wales, Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol & Reaching Wider. These resources are promoted on the online Learning Portal to also inspire new students from all walks of life into higher education.

In addition to the Learning Portal, the £1.5m HEFCW funded project has financed 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.

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