the cadarn learning portal educational media awards

The CADARN Learning Portal has launched an award event to recognise high quality educational media from higher education institutions across Wales, will be held at the Millennium Centre, Cardiff on 22nd September 2016. In its role, supporting and stimulating the production of online and open educational media across its partnership of Welsh universities, CADARN is holding this event to acknowledge, celebrate and promote the creative and pioneering work undertaken by teaching staff in higher education to produce educational media, and encourage some new productions along the way.

The winner/s in each category will receive a trophy and funding of up to £500 towards a future educational media production. We will also promote the productions on our website and across numerous media.

A panel of distinguished judges - Tom Bartlett, CADARN Learning Portal project manager; Julian Ellis, head of QAA Wales; Fflur Elin, NUS Wales president; Nia Parry, TV presenter, producer and teacher; Peter Swanson, aero and chemical engineer, lecturer MRAeS, FIChemE; Mark Williams, MP and Leader of the Welsh Liberal Democrats - were given the all-important task of selecting the deserving winners.


Award Winners

Overall Winner

The Atlantic Ocean and Wales' weather Bangor University / Bethan Wyn Jones

This OER cleverly uses simple techiques to visually demonstrate the processes that occur in the ocean. It comprises original photos and videos from recent trips by Bangor scientists to the Arctic ocean as well as existing copyright free material.

View the Entry (stream.bangor.ac.uk)

Most Effective Educational Tool

Syniad i'r Sgrin Y Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol with the University of South Wales / Rhys Williams with Gwawr Jones

The main purpose is to offer basic skills and specific guidelines for all aspects of the production of visual digital content – from the idea to the screen. The resource has been created as a multimedia eBook, with versions available for print and online on the Coleg Cymraeg Library. The use of video is to reinforce the lessons contained within the eBook and illustrations have been created for the edition too. The resource is targeted at film and television undergraduate students and isn’t associated with any particular degree scheme, but is relevant and open to any student of film and television to use.

View the Entry (llyfrgell.porth.ac.uk)

Best Production Values

The Atlantic Ocean and Wales' weather Bangor University / Bethan Wyn Jones

This OER cleverly uses simple techiques to visually demonstrate the processes that occur in the ocean. It comprises original photos and videos from recent trips by Bangor scientists to the Arctic ocean as well as existing copyright free material.

View the Entry (stream.bangor.ac.uk)

Best Welsh Language

CAEA Gwaith Cymdeithasol Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol NB - Cais am adnodd a ddatblygwyd gan / Dr Dafydd Trystan

Students should be able to: grasp, on an emotional level, the language needs of bilingual users; analyse the significance of Welsh when working with bilingual users in Wales today; describe the main features of bilingualism; understand the factors that drive bilingual behaviour; analyse the significance of bilingualism for social workers working in a bilingual context; explore the concept of preferred language and the language required; analyse the relationship between language and power; interpret the active offer and be prepared to apply it in practice; analysing the fundamentals of good practice; take a critical look at the operation of the Language Skills Strategy; and identify your personal strengths and plan the next steps in your professional development in relation to the Welsh language. It fits with the Welsh Government's strategy - More than Words, and Care Council for Wales was consulted regularly during its development. Targeted at social work students in every university in Wales. Social and care workers who wish to develop their understanding of language awareness. All Social Work courses at the universities in Wales including the postgraduate course at Bangor University and undergraduate courses at the Open University, Swansea University and the University of South Wales.

View the Entry (adnoddau.porth.ac.uk)

Student Award

The Lungs: The Ins and Outs of Breathing! Bangor University / Bethan Wyn Jones

This video was made by first year undergraduate Biomedical Science and Medical Biology students from the School of Medical Sciences at Bangor University with the aim of explaining the function and structure of the lungs. It is one of a series of videos explaining elements of the human body not only of educational benefit to students studying medicine or health sciences, but also provides an example for students assigned video/vodcast assessments.

This resource is an example of how working with students can be a way of creating an educational, effective and popular video. The students have used sheep’s lungs during their demonstration as well as a combination of graphics, talking heads and a little humour, to create an engaging and informative film.

View the Entry (www.cadarn.ac.uk)

Best External Entry

Flowcharting 1: decisions, processing and looping University of South Wales / Sue Burnett

In this video a simple scenario takes the learner through structured, logical steps, supported by a clear animation and voiceover, to explain how a flowchart is used to analyse, plan and guide the logical process that underpins the design and writing of a computer program. In this way the learner can understand the steps that are required.

This video was the first of a series developed for a free online iTunes U course: ‘Basics of Computer Programming, with Raspberry Pi’ (http://bit.ly/USWPi); this video (and the rest of the series) is also available as a stand-alone resource in an iTunes U collection, entitled ‘Basics of Computer Programming’ (http://bit.ly/USWProgramming).

View the Entry (itunes.apple.com)


Honourable Mentions

Most Effective Educational Tool

CS31310 Week 1 - No Silver Bullet...?

This video is designed to introduce the topic that will be discussed in the first week of lectures on a module in Computer Science.

It makes use of green screen recording, images, talking to camera, animation, overlays and music. The talking to camera material was recorded using the Green Screen facilities provided by Cadarn in Aberystwyth.

This is aimed at students taking a 3rd year module in Semester 1; the module is CS31310 Agile Methodologies. The students might have come directly from the 2nd year, so will have completed the group project (mentioned in the video) in the past year. Alternatively, the students might be returning from a year working in industry between their 2nd and 3rd years. The experience of those who have been in industry can prompt some interesting discussions in the module, which is something that I try to encourage in the video.

View the Entry (youtu.be)

CAEA Gwaith Cymdeithasol

Students should be able to: grasp, on an emotional level, the language needs of bilingual users; analyse the significance of Welsh when working with bilingual users in Wales today; describe the main features of bilingualism; understand the factors that drive bilingual behaviour; analyse the significance of bilingualism for social workers working in a bilingual context; explore the concept of preferred language and the language required; analyse the relationship between language and power; interpret the active offer and be prepared to apply it in practice; analysing the fundamentals of good practice; take a critical look at the operation of the Language Skills Strategy; and identify your personal strengths and plan the next steps in your professional development in relation to the Welsh language. It fits with the Welsh Government's strategy - More than Words, and Care Council for Wales was consulted regularly during its development. Targeted at social work students in every university in Wales. Social and care workers who wish to develop their understanding of language awareness. All Social Work courses at the universities in Wales including the postgraduate course at Bangor University and undergraduate courses at the Open University, Swansea University and the University of South Wales.

View the Entry (adnoddau.porth.ac.uk)

What about me? A personal development course for carers / Beth amdana i? Cwrs datblygiad personol ar gyfer gofalwyr yng Nghymru

This is a short 5 hour personal development course aimed at carers in Wales. It was developed in Wales by The Open University in Wales and Carers Trust Wales over the summer and autumn of 2015. OU Widening Access manager, Gayle Hudson, used the skills developed from the Cadarn training workshops and the equipment purchased through the Cadarn Project to record and edit the case studies which are embedded through the course. The course is available in both English and Welsh medium.

The intended audience for this course are carers of all ages. A carer is anyone who cares, unpaid, for a friend or family member who due to illness, disability, a mental health problem or an addiction cannot cope without their support.

View the Entry (www.open.edu) | View the Entry (www.open.edu)

Miss Canthus

We have achieved in making distance learning interactive and engaging using digital storytelling. Though the services of CADARN, we have produced high quality digital stories to supplement online lectures to enrich a distance learning masters degree in Industrial Biotechnology. In doing so, we have turned transmissive teaching into transformative teaching, inviting the viewer to interact and reflect with each digital story.

View the Entry (vimeo.com)

Best Production Values

Rethinking Child Development (COBIS)

The purpose of this course is to challenge thinking in the area of Child Development through a 4 week short CPD programme. The course should introduce students to level 4 online University study before committing themselves to a full online degree programme. The course is offered free of charge and is designed to deliver a high quality learning experience using sound pedagogical principles.

View the Entry (moodle.glyndwr.ac.uk)

Best Welsh Language

Llinell Amser Cymru

Here is a multimedia Timeline celebrating and raising awareness of the richness of creative and historical Welsh culture. It includes 10 collections of the types of art that were being created in Wales within certain periods. This is a resource to support Welsh medium students studying degree programmes in the field of Art and Design.

The Timeline is a starting point for understanding the history of art in Wales, and can be used as a resource for lecturing or studying. The aim is to help students understand the importance of context in the interpretation of art, to learn about the Welsh context and to understand and compare different techniques. This is the initial phase to ensuring professional standard Welsh medium resources in the field of art and design. Intended for Welsh students who study within the field of Art and Design within HE institutions as well as A Level students.

View the Entry (www.llinell-amser.co.uk)

Y Wers- gwefan datblygiad proffesiynol i diwtoriaid Cymraeg

The intention is to:
• Provide an ongoing professional development site for tutors of Welsh for Adults in Wales and internationally
• Use original videos and educational graphics to display good teaching practices across the field
• Provide an opportunity for tutors to develop new skills in areas such as Assessment For Learning, Digital Learning and much more
• Provide an opportunity for tutors to reflect on aspects of what they have viewed before giving their opinion through a survey at the end of the text.

This is an innovative tool in the Welsh for Adults and Welsh medium education fields. It provides access to tutors and teachers across Wales, as well as in other countries (tutors from Argentina have shown interest in using the site for training Welsh tutors there). It uses digital media in an effective way to offer online training for tutors through a series of videos, graphics and opinion questionnaires. It also uses the excellent skills that are available in the field already, for the benefit of other tutors. It is an effective model for sharing good practices and increasing the hours of continuing professional development for tutors and students in a digital age. Intended audience includes Welsh for Adults tutors, the National Qualification Student, Student Education and covers the National Welsh for Adults qualifications from Access to Proficiency levels.

View the Entry (ywers.com)

Best External Entry

Gwasgariad a gwyriad safonol (Measuring dispersion and standard deviation)

Standard deviation is a difficult concept in quantative analysis that many students struggle to understand. In this video a simple scenario takes the learner through structured, logical steps, supported by a clear animation and voiceover, to explain how dispersion of data is measured. In this way the learner can more easily grasp this theoretical approach.

This unique and original animation was first developed to support the Quantitative Analysis chapter of the ‘Research Methods’ interactive book. The original was in English, but the submitted video was rebuilt with Welsh content and a new voiceover for the book in translation, ‘Dulliau Ymchwil’ (http://bit.ly/LlyfrDulliauYmchwil). This is the first such academic resource on the subject to be made available in Welsh. The ‘Gwasgariad a gwyriad safonol’ video (and the rest of the animations) is also available as a stand-alone resource in an iTunes U collection, entitled ‘Research Methods / Dulliau Ymchwil’ (http://bit.ly/ResearchMethodsAnimations).

The interactive book and the iTunes U collection which include this video are used as a core resources for all Welsh-medium degree schemes in the School of Business at the University of South Wales. (The English version is also used extensively in the USW School of Business and is a named resource for business students at other universities.)

View the Entry (www.youtube.com) | View the Entry (itunes.apple.com)


General Judging Criteria

The judges decision is final! However, we will definitely be assessing the following in no particular order and not limited to:

  • Good script - Does it make sense? Is there a clear learning outcome? Is it engaging and informative?
  • Audio quality - Can we easily understand what is being said? Is the sound clear? Was a suitable microphone used?
  • Are shots well lit? Can we see the subject clearly? Are shots nicely framed?
  • Do edits feel natural and avoid “jump shots” etc. Does it “flow”? Has unengaging and unnecessary content been removed?
  • Is all content appropriately licensed?

We don't expect a perfect production, but these are some of the things we will use to discriminate. However, if you have a production you think works for your purposes, send it in! We'd like to see it and you have nothing to lose.

The judging panel will consist of people from a variety of backgrounds and will include at least someone from The CADARN Learning Portal staff, academic staff from a Welsh University, a media professional, students and an employer. The panel will be announced in the near future.

Award Categories

Most Effective Educational Tool
Has a clear learning outcome, uses media in a pedagogically innovative or especially effective way.
Best Production Values
A technically proficient production.
Best Welsh Language
Best entry where Welsh is the primary language or Welsh Language has been used effectively or innovatively.
Student Award
The media most liked by students
Best External Entry
The best submission from a Welsh University that is NOT Aberystwyth University, Bangor University, Glyndŵr University, Grŵp Llandrillo Menai, The Open University in Wales.

Prizes

Each category winner will be awarded a trophy to commemorate their success and up to £500 may be claimed towards the production of some educational media (with a clear learning outcome). Some examples of how this fund may be used, include the purchase of required production equipment, expenses for production costs or funding to pay for a postgraduate to assist with a production. Additionally, the CADARN Learning Portal will supply one of its team for a day of production. Once awarded, winners must submit a proposal for their claim, documenting how the money will be used by September 31st 2016.

The overall winner will be selected from one of the other five categories and will be awarded an iPad Pro to be used during production for reviewing content, developing storyboards, editing and so forth.

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