Cadarn Learning Portal
Supports and stimulates the production of online and open educational media across its partnership of Welsh universities. These resources are promoted online at www.cadarn.ac.uk to inspire new students from all walks of life into higher education.
For Teaching Staff
- The portal offers a platform for sharing best practice through informative articles and case studies. The project facilitates and encourages innovation by providing a focal point for sharing ideas, experience and publishing highlights to the world.
- The website also offers advice and guidance on the production of educational media. There are tips on improving audio for film-makers, a brief guide to copyright clearance, a guide to choosing creative commons licenses, location release forms as well as introductions to the methods and equipment used in productions and much more.
- The project has funded a set of audio visual equipment to be used exclusively by teaching staff to create educational resources. This ranges from easy to use video cameras to high end PCs for creating rich media content and from portable lighting to a small recording booth for voice-overs.
- The project has a resident and mobile production team, producing guidance for the website about educational media production and the equipment.
- The team run regular workshops and bespoke parachute sessions about educational media production which are open to teaching staff across the partnership. Finally, they are also collaborating by working alongside teaching staff to get them started on their own productions.
- The project provides its partners with access to the online video editing and publishing suite, WeVideo. This provides a powerful, yet easy-to-use, cloud-based collaborative video creation platform with functionality including transitions, subtitles, fast/slow motion and green screen.
- For potential new students, The CADARN Learning Portal offers a bilingual searchable and browsable catalogue of higher education courses of study, with inspiring rich media ‘tasters’ of course content from across its partners. Currently, the catalogue consists of courses leading to traditional HE qualifications and this will be expanded over time. Visitors can locate content based upon their location, view a map of where it relates to them along with transport options. Additionally, employers offer information about their graduate schemes relevant to each course.
- CADARN is currently engaging with employers to make explicit the link between education and jobs; also helping potential students map out their educational and career journey.