We often hear “a picture is worth 1000 words”, and ” images support learning”, but where can you find quality images to use in your teaching?
The legal side to use using free images:
People who take beautiful pictures and create images sometimes want others to use them. A common strategy to this is to release the image under a Creatice Commons Licence. Creative commons licensing is a strategy many authors use to encourage re-use of their materials, see this article at The Conversation for an overveiw of the licences and restrictions. CC0 licences are typically the most permissive, but the author can put some restrictions on what can be done with it. At RMIT, we are considered a non-commercial enterprise so items which are been released with a non-commercial attribution can be used when producing teaching and learning materials.
Some sites we recommend for finding suitable images, graphics and stock for teaching:
ISO Republic: The images are free to use for personal and commercial projects. (http://isorepublic.com)
New Old Stock: Great vintage photos from Public Archives. (http://nos.twnsnd.co)
Noun Project: Icons for everything (https://thenounproject.com)
Picjumbo: Is a free stock photo site created. The images are free and can be used for anything you want. (https://picjumbo.com)
Pixabay: All images and videos on Pixabay are free of copyrights under Creative Commons CC0. You may download, modify, distribute, and use them royalty free for anything you like, even in commercial applications. Attribution is not required (https://pixabay.com)
Start Up Stock Photos: Free photos for startups, bloggers, publishers, websites, designers, developers, creators, & everyone else. (http://startupstockphotos.com)
Travel Coffee Book: Amazing travel photos that are all listed under CC0. (http://travelcoffeebook.com)
Visualhunt: As the name suggests, this site searches high quality free photos from many sites and display them all in the one spot. Most of the photos are CC0 license but also offer all Creative Commons and Public Domain photos from sources like Flickr. (https://visualhunt.com)
Wikimedia commons: Wikimedia has a large database of public domain images, there are many high quality images for scientific available (including the drawings from Grey’s Anatomy). (https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Main_Page)
Unsplash: All photos published on Unsplash can be used for free. You can use them for commercial and noncommercial purposes. You do not need to ask permission from or provide credit to the photographer or Unsplash, although it is appreciated when possible.
RMIT Library also has a Copyright guide with information and links to free and creative commons content (Images, music and video). http://rmit.libguides.com/copyright
This blog post from Medium has even more links to free images. (http://bit.ly/1WC8lt2)