VAL was produced by Biomedical Science staff in the School of Allied Health Sciences at De Montfort University, Leicester in 2008. Over the years, the VAL website was left lurking on a server in the basement, and in 2014, it was finally decomissionsed and the original VAL website died.
Today, most of the open educational resources have been shared via Jorum, OER Commons, on YouTube and on our other OER websites, but I thought it nice that we rescue VAL, and like a phoenix from the ashes, relaunch it as originally intended as a set of basic LABORATORY SKILLS RESOURCES.
VAL, in all its simplicity, has helped bioscience students for many years to build their confidence in their laboratory skills, from pipetting, microscopy and basic microbiological techniques. VAL was part of the Jisc / HEA Open Educational Respource Programme that ran 2009 - 2012, and a component of the Higher Education Academy Subject Centre for Bioscience project in 2009. This project shared open educational resources (OER) supporting science and laboratory work in universities. Is is absolutely vital to say most of my open education work would not have been possible at all without the centre of the Bioscience Subject Centre. Unfortunately now the subject centres are no more, and gone with them are opportunities to network and share teaching ideas and practices with fellow lecturers across the UK university sector.