The Cadarn Learning Portal aims to lower barriers, provide support and enable teaching staff across Wales to produce educational media using best and open practice. The resultant educational media is then used to entice the next generation of students by showing inspirational OERS alongside information about the courses they are used in.
The portal has two aspects:
Firstly, information for lecturers supporting best practice in TEL and many OER’s created by us about OER production in HE and the equipment the project has provided our partners.
Secondly (but at least as importantly) a browseable extensive database of study schemes from across Welsh HE along with ‘tasters’ of content from these courses and more.
The site is fully bilingual and through collaboration with the Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol also promotes bilingual education opportunities.
In addition to the website, we have been fostering a network of good practice. We have supplied each of our five current partners with a selection of media equipment. We have run several workshops and parachute sessions to teach staff both how to use the equipment but also how to go about a production and the accompanying process from writing a script, shooting, editing to distributing media and choosing a license. We have also been working on collaborative projects at each partner university. Each collobaration has been selected to maximise the chance of fostering culture change and aims to get staff enabled to continue working by themselves.
We would like to share our progress, introduce our new and massively expanded website, share our experience working with staff to produce media. Currently the portal services our partners in Mid & North Wales but we are now working towards including all Welsh HEI’s.
I would like to propose the following format:-
15m – Tom Bartlett (Cadarn Learning Portal Director) – Present intro to project
15m – Lizi Hesling (Cadarn Learning Educational Media Producer) – Present experience working alongside teaching staff, challenges overcome
15m – Alicia Owen (Glyndwr University, TEL Officer) – Glyndwr’s experience of the project
Remaining time – Q&A
During the talks we would show some brief clips as examples of what is being produced as a result of the project.