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Using Multimedia For Instruction

Finding photos, videos and music for instructional use or student projects should follow best practices for multimedia use.  This means not only citing the original source of the material but using the content within the boundaries of copyright law.

All resources and websites listed in this section fall under public domainroyalty-free or creative commons licensing.

Although many sites list “free” resources this may not always be the case.  It is good practice to double check the licensing attributed to the media you wish to use.

Graphics and Icons


Music and Sounds

Creative Commons


Graphics and Icons

Everyone loves to add graphics and icons.  Graphic images and icons can be easily downloaded. The preferred file extensions for downloading and using graphics for your courses include: png,  ico,  icns. The sites listed below are a great place to start.


The sites below are considered public domain and offer some great images/photos for use in classroom or online courses.  As always, please double check the copyright and licensing for individual images.  It is best practice to cite and credit the original of the image.

Music and Sounds

It’s hard to find the right soundtrack to add to your video or tutorial without violating the ownership rights of the artist.  No worries with the sites listed below.

Looking for the perfect “creaking door” sound? How about “crickets”?

Creative Commons

What is it?

It’s a place where you can share your knowledge and creativity with the world, explore other peoples’ work, and license your own.

License and Share

With just a few clicks of your mouse, its possible to have a copyright license for your own work. “The Creative Commons copyright licenses and tools forge a balance inside the traditional “all rights reserved” setting that copyright law creates. Their tools give everyone from individual creators to large companies and institutions a simple, standardized way to grant copyright permissions to their creative work. The combination of Creative Commons tools and their users is a vast and growing digital commons, a pool of content that can be copied, distributed, edited, remixed, and built upon, all within the boundaries of copyright law.”

Search & Explore

Creative Commons has made it easy for anyone to search through selection of some of the world’s greatest multi-media search engines for CC licensed material.  It’s as easy as typing in your search query and selecting the site.

A few of the sites included in the search:

Google Images, Google Web, Flickr, YouTube, Jamendo (music), Fotopedia, Open Clipart Library


Once you have the work you wish to use, proper attribution to the creator of that work is needed.  Creative Commons Australia created an easy-to-follow guideline sheet  for giving credit where credit is due.




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