Free Graphics Editors

Monday, January 11th, 2010

Do you need to edit images for your course or are your students required to post graphics for assignments? If you do not have access to a nifty graphics editor like Photoshop, you will be interested to know that there are some free options available, which will provide you with many of the same features:

  • Photofiltre (free for educational or private use – Windows)
    This application includes many of the filters you find in PhotoShop and other software. The interface is intuitive and similar to other photo editing software so you’ll feel right at home for free.
  • LiveQuartz (MAC only)
    This one is for you MAC users. Created for Leopard, this free image editor uses layers and filters. View screencast of LiveQuartz.
  • Gimp Portable (Windows)
    Graphics application with many advanced features, a portable application that you can store on a flashdrive or other portable storage, interface is a bit complicated but the many features are worth it.
  • Photoscape (Windows)
    This graphics editor includes batch editing and a screen capture tool.

OpenSource Free Textbooks

Friday, December 11th, 2009

When considering textbooks for your courses, you might take a look resources offered by the Community College Consortium for Open Educational Resources.  The goal of the consortium is for educators to pool their expertise to create resources  for community college students and faculty.

Community College Open Textbook Collaborative  offers a growing selection of subjects suitable for community colleges.  Textbooks submitted must follow guidelines regarding copyright, formatting and accessibility. Textbooks are peer-reviewed; the Peer Reviews section will identify the results of reviews. Books are rated for clarity and comprehension, readability, consistency, appropriateness, interface, content usefulness, modularity, errors, reading level, and cultural relevance.

If you would like to get involved with the College Open Textbooks Professional Network, consider joining the forum or piloting textbooks.

Do you need audio, images, or other media for your course?

Friday, December 4th, 2009

Distance Learning has added a new blog page with audio, video, and graphics resources that are free for you to use.  Please visit our Free Media page to locate resources in the public domain or otherwise free from copyright restrictions. As always, you should read any disclaimers. Among the items you will find are digitized archives of old films, photographs, and music recordings.