New Youtube Guide Resource - for creating subtitles, and more!

By Amy Daniel
Media Lab

It came as a nice surprise to the CADARN team to find that YouTube have developed a wonderfully simple way for users to add subtitles and closed captions to their videos, without the pressure of grappling with complicated pieces of software to create subtitle files. And not only has YouTube created a fantastically easy way to subtitle videos, you can also easily download your subtitles as an .srt file to add them to other online hosts, such as Vimeo, as well as to offline media players, such as VLC.

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Using Social Media for Engagement

By Daniel Pullin
Social Media Icons

Covering a talk and discussion chaired by George Veletsianos of Royal Roads University, Canada on the uses of social media by academics and professionals a like. This overview tries to explain some of the discussion viewpoints on the usage of social media and the motivations behind them.

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Online Security on Websites Explained

By Daniel Pullin
Security

When creating resources for online consumption you are aware of all the aspects of creating beyond the material itself. Where will it be hosted? What form will it take? What licence should it be released under?

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Using "Found" Materials

By Lizi Hesling
"Banksy Girl and Heart Balloon" by Dominic Robinson, CC-BY-SA

This blog was written following a parachute training session at Aberystwyth University on the subject of using found materials. It gives some advice on how to search for Creative Commons materials such as music, photos, and footage, and how use these elements in the educational media you create.

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OER and Widening Access

By Gayle Hudson

Guest blogger: Gayle Hudson, Widening Access Manager North Wales - The Open University in Wales. Many thanks to Gayle for publishing her thoughts here - we'd love to hear your comments.

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Online Resources for Learning and Using Welsh

By Geoff Constable
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With cariad@iaith having recently finished airing on S4C, it seems like a good time  to look at what resources are available for those of us who have Welsh as a second language, or are learning Welsh. Some of these are also useful resources for those fluent in Welsh and those who wish to  work through the medium of Welsh.

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Brief Guide to Copyright Clearance for OER

By Geoff Constable
PDF choice

The second in our series of bilingual guides to aspects of producing OER has now been published. It concerns the steps needed to clear existing or legacy materials used in the classroom so that they can safely be published as OER. All items re-used should be attributed where this is a condition of the licence.

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Brief Guide to Choosing Creative Commons Licenses

By Geoff Constable
393 PDF preview

The CADARN Learning Portal has produced and published the first of a series of brief guides aimed at helping staff to create OER. The aim has been to distill the main issues so that they can be presented on a single page of A4. They will be published bilingually (Welsh on one side, English on the other). The first takes staff through the decision making process regarding what they wish to allow or disallow in the use of their published material.

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Useful information kits on OER

By Geoff Constable
David Kernohan

David Kernohan (@dkernohan) is Programme Manager, for e-learning at the Jisc. He works on online and open education within Jisc's eLearning Innovation team. He has managed a range of major initiatives in this area, most notably the Open Education Resources (OER) programme and emerging work around Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs). He recently sent us some very useful links on Open Educational Resources which we wanted to share.

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Tablet Teleprompters

By Geoff Constable
telepromptor in use

Some CADARN partners have expressed an interest in purchasing teleprompter systems for producing Educational Resources.

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