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 Students

  • 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.
  • For Employers

  • 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.

Nia Parry, Elan Clos Stephens, Mark Williams and Rob Stockton discuss why the CADARN Learning Portal is important to Higher Education in Wales

Key facts about CADARN

  • HEFCW funded budget of £1.5M aiming to stimulate the use of technology in education and the production of educational resources, and then to use these resources to inspire new students into higher education.
  • Current partners are: Aberystwyth University, Bangor University, Glyndwr University, Grwp Llandrillo Menai and The Open University in Wales.
  • Significant website offering:
    • A browsable database of higher education courses with inspirational tasters of course material.
    • Media rich articles and a forum for sharing the best and most innovative teaching practice, guides to educational resource production and project news.
  • Audio visual production equipment has been supplied to project partners to ensure teaching staff have access to suitable equipment and space to create resources.
  • A small mobile production team, based in Aberystwyth, is creating guidance material, running workshops and working alongside teaching staff at each project partner.
  • Production team and kit now available for use by teaching staff.

If you have any enquires about the CADARN Learning Portal or are interested in how you can take part, please contact us at enquiries@cadarn.ac.uk or call 01970 622288.

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