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Learning Objects and More
Textbooks, Curricula, etc.
When using OERs, it is important to understand that just because it is online, doesn't mean it is free to use in your class. Laws such as the TEACH Act and Fair Use allow for the use of copyrighted materials in certain circumstances. Click the links below to learn more about copyright and fair use.
Copyright and OERs
Columbia University Guidance on Fair Use
Creative Commons Licensing
Many OERs have Creative Commons licenses which allow you to use, share, and modify works for the classroom. You can also license how you would like your OERs used in the future. More information can be found on the Creative Commons website.
About Creative Commons Licenses
How to License Your Work
Flickr Advanced Search - Creative Commons
At the bottom of the search options, put a check in the box next to "Only search within Creative Commons-licensed content."
Google Image Search (Limited to "Labeled for Reuse")
After entering search terms and getting a list of results, click on "Search tools" in the menu above the results. Then click on "Usage rights" and choose "Labeled for reuse" or other appropriate option from the drop-down menu. This searches Flickr Creative Commons licensed photos, Wikimedia, and other sites.
Photos and animations. Faculty can contact Bruce Naples with image number for purchase.
Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)
Enter keywords in the "Search the Collection" box. On the results page, put a checkmark in the box for "Show only results with unrestricted images" to see images that are freely available to use (under public domain).
National Gallery of Art Images
Images of art in the National Gallery, available at no cost.
National Park Service Digital Images Archive
Public domain photos from the National Park Service.
NOAA Photo Library
"The NOAA Photo Library has been built so as to capture the work, observations, and studies that are carried on by the scientists, engineers, commissioned officers, and administrative personnel that make up this complex and scientifically diverse agency."
No-cost photos that are specifically available for use in education.
Public Domain Images
From the site description: "Public domain images, royalty free stock photos, copyright friendly free images. Not copyrighted, no rights reserved. All pictures on this site are explicitly placed in the public domain, free for any personal or commercial use."
SIRIS (Smithsonian images)
"The Image Gallery includes over 530,000 electronic images from several archival repositories and museums at the Smithsonian."
Search box is in upper right. On results page scroll down for media (photos, etc.). Includes photos and more that are no-cost, under public domain, Creative Commons and other licenses.