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Creating a Screen-Cast Training Video of Adobe Premiere CS6

By Matt Cawte
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Premiere Pro has been covered many times on websites such as Lynda, however our aim of creating another online screen-cast of Premiere Pro for CADARN, was to create a free resource at a very accessible level so that people with no prior knowledge of the software or video editing in general, can pick it up. CADARN and it's partners use Adobe Premiere CS6 most of the time, all of the skills that can be learnt in this earlier version of Premiere are directly transferable to the newer Creative Cloud versions of the software.

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Of Time and Tides: Making the “Tides of the Menai Strait” Video

By Lizi Hesling

It was back in December of 2014 that Bangor University’s Professor David Bowers first came to us with the idea of making a video about the tides. It's taken a while, but the video has now, finally, been released. And it's definitely been worth all the time and effort. This article charts the production process to show why this collaboration has been such a success.

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Using Greenscreen to Make Educational Videos

By Russ Basford
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When Dylan Phillips was asked to produce teaching materials for Aberystwyth University's MSc in Sustainable and Efficient Food Production, he taught himself how to make videos and use green screen/chroma key techniques simply by researching online and trying things out.

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Reflecmedia Cromaflex: The Grey Green Screen

By Russ Basford
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When I joined the CADARN team in May 2014 one of my initial responsibilities was to familiarise myself with the equipment that had been bought for the project’s various partners across Wales. On my first day, I was shown to a store room where Aberystwyth University were housing their kit.

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Using wikis for Student Engagement

By Geoff Constable
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What is a wiki? According to the most well-known wiki, Wikipedia, "A wiki is a web application which allows people to add, modify, or delete content in collaboration with others. " (Here, wikipedia is quoting the Encyclopedia Britannica). Some teaching staff at Universities have begun to integrate this editing and reviewing tool into their teaching. The VLE, Blackboard has a component called Campus Pack that allows staff to give students assignments that are based around contributing to a wiki. Here, Psychology Lecturer, Gareth Hall of Aberystwyth University discusses his experience of getting students to engage with reviewing work and creating an online glossary using a wiki.

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Metflix – Cardiff Met Library and IT Video Project

By Geoff Constable

The CADARN Learning Portal Project has agreed to fund resources to create learning objects such as instructional videos. Jamie Finch, of Cardiff Metropolitan University has kindly agreed to provide a guest blog on the experience of creating some videos for instructing students in using facilities at the Cardiff Met Learning Centres. His experience and practical tips might help CADARN partners in their approach to producing videos for the portal.

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Making and Using Pencasts in Education

By Geoff Constable
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In her chat with CADARN about the design and presentation of the Introduction to Psychology module on the Aberystwyth University VLE; Victoria Wright mentioned that she puts all related materials in the VLE, including ‘pencasts’.

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IPR and Copyright Issues - videos and podcast

By Geoff Constable
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While at the Gregynog Colloquium recently, CADARN took the opportunity to talk to Jason Miles-Campbell, copyright and law expert at JISC legal. Jason very kindly agreed for the chat to be videoed, so we set up a camera in the library and had a really interesting chat about the copyright issues around educational material. In the first video I asked Jason if he could summarise what copyright actually is, and what are the copyright considerations that CADARN partners should consider and be aware of when releasing educational resources.

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Forestry M.Sc’s at Bangor University by Distance Learning – “If it ain’t broke don’t fix it!”

By Geoff Constable

Since 2001, CADARN Learning Portal Partner, Bangor University, has offered various MSc’s in Forestry related subjects. The courses (like the Bangor/Aberystwyth ATP courses blogged previously) offer an opportunity for people at any stage of their career to gain new expertise, change the course of their career or simply pursue a personal interest in a vigorous and challenging academic curricula. The courses include a residential period at Bangor, but as they are taken by people across the globe, this isn't compulsory.

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Creative Media Service at the Information Commons, University of Sheffield

By Geoff Constable

The Corporate Information and Computing Services Department at the University of Sheffield has a building - the Information Commons - which is a combination of Library, IT, study space, teaching spaces, workstations, group rooms and a cafe. It is a hub for students and has a relaxed but busy vibe. Open 24/7 and very popular with students, it houses about 500 computers that are available for student use, a wealth of books and periodicals, and the Creative Media Service (CM).

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