Biomedical Science Laboratory Photographs

Image: Laboratory safety open educational resources
Creative Commons BY-SA (3.0)

Content Authors:                            Level:

Dr Viv Rolfe                                                       School, College, University, General interest

OER Features:

Laboratory safety photo gallery on Flickr

Spectrophotometry photo gallery on Flickr

Microbiology photo gallery on Flickr


OER Description:

We have uploaded three sets of biomedical science laboratory photographs onto FLICKR for your use and reuse.

The first is a set of images relating to laboratory safety. In the lab the understanding and compliance of health and safety procedures is hugely important for the safety of the individual and others working there. Here is a bundle of photographs illustrating safety signage, protective equipment and waste disposal equipment that you can use and reuse in either your own studies or to compile your own educational resources.

The second set relates to the use of the spectrophotometer and illustrations of a simple assay that we conducted as part of one of our other open educational resources. The photographs for example illustrate how to correctly place a cuvette into the machine, obtain readings, and how to prepare the relevant samples for an assay including a blank, standards of known concentrations and unknown samples.

The final set is relating to microbiology.

Feel free to use these biomedical science resources under the following Creative Commons license terms:

BY – by means please attribute us – De Montfort University HALSOER Project

SA – means if you adapt, crop or alter the images, please share alike – or share back what you have developed.

Open Technology to Support Biology Courses and Resources

Phil Tubman is a learning technologist at Lancaster University and is working on the present Biology Courses project, and he has just delivered a presentation to “Psychology in Education” students on open education.

Biology courses talk

To see Phil’s presentation, go to:

Phil has talked about open education from the technological perspective, which is actually very important. An awful lot of material released to share on the internet is just in one format, and this not just restricts the “openness” and flexibility of the resource, but it is restrictive in terms of accessibility and availability to learners with different approaches and study requirements.

In this presentation he talks about the emergence of open working which was led by the “open source” community and facilitated by open licences. In parallel, open education is growing around a dedicated community of participants and is facilitated by the open content licence Creative Commons.

The talk points out to be truly open, resources need to be produced using open source technology and software. As a second step, it needs to be produced in multiple formats to greaten the chance of the resources being adapted and reused. In biology courses, we use these approaches, and further try and enhance the open availability of resources using search engine optimisation to make our biology OERs discovered on the internet.

We are very lucky to have Phil Tubman as part of our technology team working on this project. We will report on technology developments and innovations as our biology courses website develops.


Open Education and Using Resources

Open education is growing in the UK

Increasing numbers of academic institutions are becoming involved in open education. In the UK, many universities and colleges are participating in the national “Open Educational Resources” programme. Large numbers of useful learning materials are being shared on websites, but often it isn’t clear how a resource can or cannot be used.

Open education pumpkin field

Christchurch: Pumpkin Field. © Nigel Cox. Creative Commons BY SA.

Open licenses for open education

I really like this Geograph website which is a project to photograph and capture every aspect of Britain. The photographs are beautiful, and the contributors have licensed them using Creative Commons. This means the copyright ownership remains with the individual but the license allows other to use the picture.

What is nice about the website it makes it really clear how to use the picture, whether for reasons of open education or just general interest? Under each photograph is a link called “reuse” which takes you to a page explaining exactly what to do.

It informs me that the work is the copyright of Nigel Cox and is licensed for reuse under Creative Commons BY SA. “BY” means I must attribute the owner, and “SA” means share alike – I can alter or transform the work as long as I share it. So I can incorporate the photograph into this blog article and also crop it for the banner, thus enhancing my open education website. If the licence was a “ND” no derivatives variant, I would not be permitted to alter it at all.

The terms of the license do not require me to provide a weblink but I think that is helpful.

Well, that has been a little lesson on how to use any asset / resource / learning material provided by an open education project. Look for the Creative Commons license and follow the requirements.