OERs – Part 2 – Presentations

This is the second post in a series in which I test whether CCSearch can find me Open Educational Resources and whether OpenAttribute makes it easier to provide the attribution. The overall test involves finding the following materials.

  1. An image of a British car factory – preferably in the 21st century.
  2. A presentation about the decline of the British car industry
  3. A text about the decline of the British car industry.
  4. A piece of audio (maybe an interview?) about decline of the British car industry
  5. A video about the decline of the British car industry
  6. A ready-made course about the decline of the British car industry.

I’m going to try to find material that I can modify, adapt and build upon and I do not want it for commercial purposes.  This post is about finding the presentation.


The first thing that becomes apparent is that CCSearch does not search SlideShare or any other sites dedicated to presentations. Therefore, I went to SlideShare itself and searched there. Despite varying my search terms – UK/British, car/auto/automobile/motor etc I could find no presentations on the British car industry, let alone one on its decline.  I turned to Google and searched for ‘presentation on the decline of the British motor industry’ and of course got millions of results. I added ppt to the search string and netted myself a good presentation from Coventry University Business School entitled “Dealing with Auto Industry Rundown and Closures: A Perspective from Birmingham.” However, it had no licensing information on it. I could contact David Bailey and Caroline Chapain from Coventry University but that was not really what I wanted to do. I only gave myself a further five minutes (OK, not very realistic) but did not find anything.

Before calling it a day I decided to visit some dedicated repositories of OERs.

This site doesn’t have ‘presentation’ listed as a material or media type but I thought presentations might be included in other areas.  However, I couldn’t find anything here.

No and couldn’t see anything about the British motor industry at all, which surprised me.

Not within the short time I gave it.  It did however point me to other resources (e.g. papers on OpenLearn) which were not presentations.

Lots of results in this custom Google search but I didn’t spot a presentation amongst them.

So in conclusion, I haven’t had any luck in finding a ready-made open presentation.  Maybe my search terms weren’t the best and maybe I should have been using different search strategies and tools.  Easiest thing is to make one myself!

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