What this page is for
This page lists sources of media (e.g. images, sounds) suitable for embedding in interactive educational modules. The most difficult part of finding suitable resources is licencing. Many people wrongly think that they can use copyrighted images. Others think that educators can always claim fair use on any image. This list serves to steer inexperienced educators towards resources which they can probably legally use.
Disclaimer: the legality of use must always be checked by the person building the module. Qedoc Quiz Wiki, its staff, contributors and its associated organisations cannot guarantee that any of the following resources can be legally used.
How to use this page
If you know of a useful resource, add it to the bottom of the list below. Add a sentence or two describing and assessing the resource. Resources should be online and accompanied with a hyperlink.
List of resources which you can draw from
Before adding anything to this list, please ensure that the resources are Creative Commons licenced, GFDL or public domain.
Most important resources
- Wikipedia Most images on Wikipedia are licenced under Creative Commons or GFDL. Stay clear of fair use images. Always click on an image first to find out what the applicable licence is. See also: Getting Wikipedia image licences right
- http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:LadyofHats has some excellent images for use in teaching sciences.
- Flickr Huge, but watch the copyright issues carefully. Many images are not free-to-reuse, and others are subject to a variety of different licences. Look for Creative Commons licences. There are over 30 million Creative Commons licenced resources.
- The Gutenberg project Provides full texts of books whose copyright has expired and which are therefore now in the public domain. Also has some illustrations from these books, and a good collection of public domain audio books (spoken versions of its texts).
- The Open University's "Open Learn Learning Space" Project. The Open University in the United Kingdom uses the CC-BY-NC-SA licence for its materials, which means that content can be freely exchanged between Qedoc and this project. The Open Learn project has several hundred "units" from which you can borrow text, media and teaching ideas. Don't forget that you must attribute your source (i.e. say where you got everything from).
- CityPhotos.info: This site provides free city photos, travel tips, information and remarks about world cities. Images become public domain property upon submission.
- MyGeo Maps: Here you will find maps from the World Factbook. The maps are sorted by contintent, country and year of publication. The World Factbook is published by the CIA. Its maps are in the public domain and may be used freely by anyone at anytime without seeking permission.
- Ourmedia Learning Center: this is more a how-to site than a repository itself.
- pdphoto.org/: Thousands of royalty free pictures here. To view the photos: Click on a category, or use the search interface for keywords.
- Purdue & Japan Project Clipart For foreign language instructors. The clip art is carefully categorised and listed by the words which each picture is intended to illustrate. You can freely use these drawings without any fee as long as they are used for not-for-profit educational purposes.
- TeachPol: A collection of over 500 public domain images of American Political History.
- The open clipart library
- www.wpclipart.com: about 10,000 public domain images in categories. The owner of this site has gone to considerable length to check that the resources are genuinely public domain. (Public domain means that anyone can use images for any purpose.)
- http://simple.wikipedia.org:80/wiki/Wikipedia:Basic_English_picture_wordlist 200 picturable words from Wikipedia. Useful for basic language teaching.
- http://www.101languages.net - large vocabulary lists for many languages, issued under the CC-BY-SA licence.
List of resources which you cannot draw from
This list exists because people often add things to the above list by mistake. Unfortunately there are many excellent educational resources on the web which you cannot draw from for Qedoc projects because they are not Open educational resources and because they do not use Creative Commons licences.
- HippoCampus: A project of the Monterey Institute for Technology and Education (MITE). Mistakenly thought to be OER. In fact for personal use only (e.g. no redistribution) and strictly copyright.
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- Getting Wikipedia image licences right
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