I was asked to speak about OER in general and our OER project Skills for Scientists at our event celebrating the last ten years and looking forward to the future…
Having, by chance, a number of our project partners present at the event kept me to the facts of the project; no idealising the benefits of OER without mentioning the time and effort it can take to produce them.
Again, by chance, one of our partners Nick Greeves was speaking about ChemTube3D which is one of the OER that will be released through Skills for Scientists and provided a great example of what will be on offer.
And I noticed on the final slide of another partner’s talk a Creative Commons licence graphic, and on questioning I found that this licencing was done as a consequence of having been involved in Skills for Scientists.
I hoped to raise awareness of OER, as well as our project, and also to inspire the audience to become involved, either creating OER, using them or both. Members of the community displaying their OER and embracing the idea of openess does more than I could ever do with a talk.