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.
- An image of a British car factory – preferably in the 21st century.
- A presentation about the decline of the British car industry
- A text about the decline of the British car industry.
- A piece of audio (maybe an interview?) about decline of the British car industry
- A video about the decline of the British car industry
- 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 a text –
(I’m not sure what I want here, not exactly an academic paper. I think I am seeking some sort of reading about the decline of the British motor industry for Level 4 undergraduates that I can modify, adapt and add to.)
CCSearch offers media, images, music and video so I decided not to use that but to look at http://www.oercommons.org instead. Couldn’t find anything there so went on to look for some sort of audio clip.
Part 4 – A piece of audio. I couldn’t find anything.
Part 5 – A piece of video. I couldn’t find anything. (found some good video but they weren’t OERs)
I went on to looking for a complete course on Open Learn and there found a 5 minute piece of video that might be useful: Gerry Robinson explaining his thoughts about the car scrappage scheme, government investment and over-capacity in the car industry in an exclusive interview with the Money Programme team. However, the Open Attribution icon did not appear in my address bar and I noticed it was BBC copyright.
This whole test was very unscientific and doesn’t prove anything really. All these resources might exist as OERs but maybe I failed to find them because my search skills are not good enough. However, I doubt it. I think that probably there are very few OERs associated with the history of the British Motor Industry. So the impression I am left with is that CC is useful when searching for images but not that great for other resources.
Of course it probably depends on the discipline too. I used to teach theory of flight years ago and I bet there are lots of little animations and diagrams illustrating Bernoulli’s principle but for what I sought not so good.
Still, as an exercise on OLDSMOOC it was worthwhile since I met quite a few new sources of OERS and ways of searching for them and I was introduced to the Open Attribute tool.