Hi, we’re CARET and we make web tools…
We design stuff that helps researchers bring their discoveries to light, and we create online learning spaces for lecturers and students. We love working with people who are ahead of the game and making their ideas come alive – it means that together we can push technology forward and then share those tools with the rest of the world. CARET also has a growing group of researchers involved in a wide variety of activities related to new technologies in higher education, ranging from needs analysis and evaluation to broader, externally funded research projects.
Basically we are an innovation unit focused on learning and research technologies here at the University of Cambridge. Essentially innovation is a creative process that endeavors to solve problems by exploring a range of ideas and concepts. There are no assurances of success; until discoveries are made how can we know what will work and what will fail? In a world where avoiding risk becomes an obstacle to innovation, it is important to remember that sometimes the greatest risk is to take no risk at all.
At CARET we really care about establishing a creative space where talented people can bring their ideas into being and realise the potential of their discoveries. At all stages of development we use our expertise to work out how best to take things forward, understanding that while some of our projects will become widely used successful products, others may remain thriving in their own little niches. Find out more about what we can do for you.
We are committed to the principals of open source software and develop robust applications. We play a leading role in many major international community source projects including Sakai, Fluid, Dspace and OpenCast. We also publish our work in accessible forms, research briefings, books and peer-reviewed research journals.
We were given a European Schoolnet’s eLearning award in 2005 for the Personal Demons project. The Plant Sciences team supported by CARET won first prize in the SAGE awards for the most outstanding “research into practice” education project in 2007.