I have been interviewed about OER twice recently for TV programmes. The first time was in Madrid at a meeting of the OER- HE project (see Is OER at the heart of EuROpe?). The second time was in Hanoi at the OCW Consortium Global meeting. Both interviews were in English but I wonder whether they have ended up being sub titled or dubbed. Whatever, both instances indicate significant interest in OER by the media in those countries (well more significant than most new educational topics) and that the OU is acknowledged as a leader in the field.

While we probably are leader at the OU as an institution I also think that the UK is a leader as a country with respect to OER and that is as much due to the JISC/HEA managed UKOER programme, which is just about to enter its second phase. Malcolm Read, Executive Secretary of JISC, was one of the invited Keynote speakers at the OCW Consortium Global conference and certainly impressed participants from other countries about the scope and ambition in the UKHE behind all types of openness related to education (open access publishing, open innovation, open source software, open data as well as open educational resources). His slides are here and a video of his talk here.

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