“…unless our words, concepts, ideas are hooked onto an image, they will go in one ear, sail through the brain, and go out the other ear. Words are processed by our short-term memory where we can only retain about seven bits of information… Images, on the other hand, go directly into long-term memory where they are indelibly etched.”. Images enhance and improve eLearning content. Most, but not all, federal government images are in the public domain.

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4 reasons to use Creative Commons

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In the social media age, sharing and repurposing are common place. This raises a number of tensions around creativity, intellectual property and copyright. Creative Commons (CC) is a copyright management system that goes a long way to addressing these issues. Creative Commons licences can enable teachers everywhere to access content and share their ideas freely.


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Creative Commons Use in For-Profit Company eLearning?

Tony Karrer

And, since Open Content comes in under the Creative Commons license structure. Actually, I’m curious if Open Content ever is not Creative Commons? In any case, to understand the use of Open Content, it’s important to understand Creative Commons licensing. Creative Commons Licensing Terms Creative Commons licensing terms. Most of the OCW content appears to come under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.0

What instructional designers should know about Creative Commons


There is a real bounty of images, videos and infographics on the internet yet this richness comes with the constant worry that they may be protected by copyright. Creative Commons is a tool that is designed to shed some light on the free, ready to use stuff that is out on the web. What instructional designers should know about Creative Commons. The Creative Commons database is very large.

Experiencing E-Learning » Daily Bookmarks 11/15/2007

Experiencing eLearning


The Logical Blog by IconLogic

When trying to find quality images for use in PowerPoint presentations or eLearning projects created with any development tool such as Articulate Storyline, Adobe Captivate, or TechSmith Camtasia, most people turn to Google. With a quick search you are sure to find the image you’re looking for.   For instance, I recently wanted to find an image of a puppy for use in an eLearning project. (I   Check out some of the awesome puppy images Google found for me.

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What works and what doesn’t?

Technology Enhanced Learning Blog

I try and use good quality royalty free images available under a Creative Commons license, but I am also conscious that they may fall into the trap I describe above. Sometimes we need imagery of situations we cant easily manufacture ourselves for the purpose of enhancing the understanding or engagement of a case study or theory, but we should be mindful of the chosen images enhancing the learning experience, not detracting from it.


The Logical Blog by IconLogic

When trying to find quality images for use in PowerPoint presentations or eLearning projects created with any development tool such as Articulate Storyline, Adobe Captivate, or TechSmith Camtasia, most people turn to Google. With a quick search you are sure to find the image you’re looking for.   For instance, I recently wanted to find an image of a puppy for use in an eLearning project. (I   Check out some of the awesome puppy images Google found for me.

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Top 15 Websites to Get Free Stock Images


Images, videos, infographics, and other media-related material are amongst the most important elements your site should include. Ready to Get Creative With Stock Photography? million images, vectors, illustrations, and videos that you can browse and download for free.

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Making a splash!

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Image by Craig Whitehead on Unsplash While in conversation last week at the EDEN annual conference in Bruges, my good friend Marci Powell told me about a brilliant resource called Unsplash. It's a website that hosts a huge, and ever growing repository of superb images, shared freely by talented photographers. The image on this page was found using that search phrase. It's by Craig Whitehead and is free to download and use, just like all of the other images on the site.

Guide to copyright-free images and other resources


Images are expensive, and you do not want to violate copyrights. Finding good images that you are allowed to use can be a challenge. Here is a list with free services to images and other resources that you are allowed to use. Copyright free images via search engines. Both of them allow you to search for images that are free to reuse. My list of websites with free images, sounds and videos. A website with free resources images, sounds, backgrounds.

Integrity, credibility and plagiarism

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Image by TilerX on Flickr I was in the audience at a recent conference when a keynote speaker (who will remain nameless) presented several of my images and ideas in his slideshow. The following half a dozen or so slides were also from one of my presentations, but I was annoyed to see that my name and the Creative Commons licence I always apply to my slides had been removed.

Getty Offers Copyright Safe Images

Web Tools for Learners

Responding to @dougpete, I’m adding some more information about copyright safe practices, this time with images. As described in the previous post on safe sounds for podcasting - [link] - Creative Commons and, using Creative Commons licenses, Flickr , provide copyright safe images. On Google Images, you can find safe content, if you search under Tools.

Humanline - more free images for educational use

E-Learning Acupuncture

It’s an image library of arts, history and science that is mainly focused on licensing images for use in education ( your ears should perk up now ) and for commercial use. The usual credit-line requirement is there; much like a Creative Commons-type license. At this time the database of images is not gigantic; however, it is growing. Heck – maybe they should partner with Wikimedia Commons - they are HUGE! image database free education

Image Copyright Made Easy

Web Tools for Learners

Original image: 'All Rights Reserved*' [link] by: Paul Gallo Released under an Attribution License. My experience teaching university students has led me to believe that they don’t know enough about how to attribute images that they haven’t created themselves. From my own experience as both a student and a teacher, I am familiar with applications that make creative bibliographies much easier ( BibMe , EasyBib , etc.).

My favorite free images resources for online courses


When creating online courses it can be hard to pick and choose the perfect image and put it in the perfect spot in your lesson. While I could go on and on about not knowing your target audience when selecting images for your courses, this post will focus on the second reason only. The Creative Commons licensing. Pictures, along with text, were the most common example of this kind of theft. Creative Commons makes sure this doesn’t happen anymore.

45 Free Stock Images for Your E-Learning Courses

Rapid eLearning

One of my favorite sites for free stock images is They provide hundreds of free stock images with a Creative Commons Zero license. That means you can do anything with the images, whether free or commercial. As you can see above, I used one of the city images provided by Philipp Henzler for the Storyline 2 tutorials. I also used one of the free images for this free template that I shared a while back. Download Free Stock Images.

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Is sharing caring? #OpenBlog19

Learning with 'e's

Photo by Krzyboy2o on Wikimedia Commons This is a post for #OpenBlog19. The event was called 'Show that you Share' and focused on tools such as Creative Commons , personal learning environments and mobile phones as a means of creating, sharing and repurposing content, knowledge and artefacts for education. OpenBlog19 by Steve Wheeler was written in Plymouth, England and is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0

In our own image

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Each carries its own coded warning about what happens when we try to create machines in our own image, and each poses fundamental questions about the inevitable problems of relationships, ethical dilemmas and the threat to humankind. Image by Richard Greenhill and Marie De Ryck on Wikimedia Commons In our own image by Steve Wheeler was written in Plymouth, England and is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0

Created in our image

Learning with 'e's

The real problems emerge when we create robots in our own image. Created in our image by Steve Wheeler was written in Plymouth, England and is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Photo by Steve Wheeler (3D printed robots) There is no doubt. Robots are going to feature significantly in our future. They are already overtly embedded in manufacturing and retailing (e.g.

Even More Free Stock Images for E-Learning

Rapid eLearning

Apparently, the internet can’t get enough of free stock images as it seems there are new sites popping up every day. Truth be told, many of the sites aren’t very good and most of the images probably don’t have a good context for e-learning design. Free Stock Images for E-Learning Resources. I’ve already shared some resources for free stock images in previous posts, as well as a few sites that seem to curate most of the free stock images.

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Share and share alike

Learning with 'e's

Since I took the decision to offer all my blogposts and slideshows for free under a Creative Commons License, allowing anyone to freely copy and also repurpose my work, some interesting things have happened. The image at the top of this post shows one that was recently translated into French by Frédéric Domon. It was self evident in the licence I applied from Creative Commons.

Yesterday's blog post

Learning with e's

We can debate the ethics of changing a blog post once it has been posted, and yes, there are those who take content under Creative Commons licensing and repurpose it, translate it, embed it. Image source by Kristina Barnett Yesterday's blog post by Steve Wheeler is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 creative commons ethics bloggingYou are only as good as your last game - so goes the sporting maxim.

Digital literacy 8: Repurposing content

Learning with e's

Most of my recent slide presentations are freely available on this Slideshare site , and I publish them under a Creative Commons license that allows others to download and use them either as complete slideshows, or to select individual slides that can be inserted into their own slideshows. I also allow derivatives - that is, you can take the images or texts, or even the design themes of my slides, and repurpose them for your own use - for free.

Movements for change

Learning with e's

What is Creative Commons and how does it work? Image source Posted by Steve Wheeler from Learning with e's. Tags: creative commons Alistair Creelman OER The learning technology landscape is changing and many questions are being asked. Why should teachers give away their resources, and why should they share their hard work with other teachers? What is open scholarship and what does it have to offer me?

9 Tips to Use Images in your eLearning Programs


Images have amazing convincing powers. But the wrong image can totally offset an otherwise smooth-running eLearning course. How can you be sure if your images have been well-received? In this article, we bring forward some useful tips to select the apt image for your eLearning programs. And we all know, nothing captures the mind and imagination of an eLearner faster than an image. The key is to use the correct image for the situation. Emotions in Images.

Top 10 Free Stock Image Sites for E-Learning

E-learning Uncovered

It’s not always easy to find high-quality images for your e-learning when you’re working on a budget. If you can’t afford the popular stock image sites, you might think you’re only option is to take your own photos. In recent years, there has been a huge surge of free stock image sites that offer photos, vector graphics, and even videos! Many of these free stock image sites make their photos available with the Creative Commons Zero (CC0) license.

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Giving it all away

Learning with e's

Increasingly, due to the good offices of Creative Commons, much of the content on the web can be legally repurposed or appropriated for other use. A lot of art and music could be said to be 'derivative' - and there have been many court cases and fallings out over this grey area of creativity, but here's my point: I don't mind at all if other people borrow my content for their own purposes, as long as they attribute it to me and don't make any commercial profit at my expense.

The importance of being networked

Learning with 'e's

Never before have there been so many opportunities to make contact with educators world wide, many of whom have wonderful creative ideas to share. When I share my slides and blogposts under a Creative Commons licence that enables repurposing, somewhere, someone has translated my content into Spanish, opening up a huge new audience for me in Latin America. 2010) Cognitive Surplus: Creativity and Generosity in a Connected Age.

The Commons touch

Learning with 'e's

In the last few years, the introduction of Creative Commons licensing has ensured that a lot of web based content is now open for reuse, repurposing and even commercial use. Essentially, Creative Commons has established a set of licences that enables content creators to waive their right to receive any royalties or other payment for their work. Finding free for use images on the web is now fairly easy. Normal search will unearth lots of images.

Going viral

Learning with 'e's

This results in an amplification of your ideas, but usually, it won't happen unless you license your content for free sharing and repurposing (see my Creative Commons licence at the bottom of this post). The secret to its success I believe, lies in the image I used (I always include an evocative image at the top of each of my blog posts) - which I have included on this page. The image is a free stock image of fire. It's all about the image.

Me and Malcolm McLaren

Learning with 'e's

The one I considered to be the best was posted up onto my Flickr account , and labelled it for free reuse as I always do, under Creative Commons licencing. I also used the image in my subsequent blog post entitled Karaoke Culture. When Malcolm McLaren died, guess where many of the journals and newspapers went to find copyright free images of him? Me and Malcolm McLaren by Steve Wheeler is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0

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Dialogue, debate and destinations

Learning with 'e's

I was challenged by delegates at Solstice to elaborate on the legal and ethical issues of Creative Commons and other Copyleft approaches. Creative Commons, I explained, is a means of circumventing Internet Copyright constraints. As each table came to grips with the Cultural, Cognitive, Constructive, Communicative, Confidence, Creative, Critical and Civic aspects of using technology to learn, we were then asked to choose two and develop a learning activity around them.

Stock Photo Image and Other Media Sources

Tony Karrer

Weird - after posting, I just saw a post in my blog reader from HeyJude - Find free images online - my list! 10 Places to Find Free Image FlickrCC - offers pictures from around the world, including America, Asia, Europe, Africa, and Pacific. EveryStockPhoto is a search engine for creative commons photos, located in Vancouver, BC. has over 2000 free images that you can use in commercial and noncommercial work.

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15 Best Image Sites to Visually Enhance Your Online Training Modules

CommLab India

Are you looking for first-rate, attention-grabbing images for your online training modules? For an instructional designer, getting the right images is a daunting task. It is often hard to find images suitable for a e-module. It is hard to find images relevant to the content in our internal libraries. Purchasing new images seems a good option, but we need to think of the project budget. com : This website consists of 132549 images, organized into 183 sections.

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How To Fill The Void of Missing Powerpoint Clipart

eLearning Brothers

Their existing library within the MS Office programs fails to capitalize on a huge piece of their business: Bing/Images/Image Search. It would be impossible to produce an offering natively within the MS Office programs that possess the depth of the entire Bing Images index. Additionally, there is no way of knowing that the Clipart library will be the same as the images offered by Bing.

#40years of educational technology: The moving image

Learning with 'e's

To give you a flavour of 1976, here are some of the moving image technologies I worked with: Video Video was a relatively new thing for us all in the 1970s. Next time: The computer age Photo by Tasmanian Archive and Heritage Office on Fickr #40years of educational technology: The moving image by Steve Wheeler was written in Plymouth, England and is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0

Remixing culture - a 'C' change?

Learning with e's

For those of us who are still getting our heads around the concept of 'C reative Commons ' and the idea of 'free culture' on the Web, an interesting and illuminating video entitled ' Reticulum Rex ' comes highly recommended. The title Reticulum Rex you will discover, is a clever anagram of a phrase that is relevant to the ethos of creative commons! Watch the video if you want to get to grips with Creative Commons.

How Reusable Learning Objects Can Help You Design Online Courses Faster


These tools can be creatively reused to save time when designing eLearning lessons or creating editable course templates. By looking at the bigger picture during your course design and development phases, you’ll start to see opportunities to build RLOs that can be creatively re-used for multiple applications. Icons and reference images. Image by Juhan Sonin via Flickr Commercial Use Creative Commons License.

How To Find The Best Free Image/Photo/Graphics

Take an e-Learning Break

This article discusses finding the best free images etc. It also discusses Creative Commons Images - a set of free licenses that allow artists to share their work, while still retaining some of their rights. for your blog but I think it's appropriate for e-learning as well. Check out this article: [link

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