Documentation:Digital Images

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This wiki is intended for faculty and students that are interested in using digital images for a variety of uses:

  • Presentations / lectures
  • Assignments
  • Learning Activities
  • Personal / Professional blogs, websites, etc.
  • Sharing Images (
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The following structure is based on the Experiential Learning workshop presented by Melissa Jakubec and Kelly Warnock. Feel free to add/modify ideas and resources, or contact us for more information.

How do I find free and open images?

Here are some excellent resources from Alan Levine's site:

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Bigwall flower 5

A couple more search engines for you to peruse:

Fine Art History resource:

How do I create my own visuals?

I've attempted to categorize the following apps and programs, but there is a lot of overlap. Many offer free demos, but for more features you will need to pay.

Maps & Timelines

Graphic Organizers

Data Visualization

Attribution Tools

Why use digital images?

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Consider the images used in this wiki. Do they grab your attention? Make you reflect on prior learning experiences? Pique your interest? Here are some other key reasons to use visuals in your teaching/learning:

  • Increases retention
  • Motivational
  • Engaging
  • Appealing
  • Creative
  • Useful
  • Hook/Attention grabber
  • Persuasive
  • Presents complex information quickly and clearly
  • Communicates effectively

Where can I use images?

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Reflect on your teaching & learning practices. In what ways would visuals benefit you as an instructor or student?

  • Lectures / Presentations
  • Learning Activities
  • Course Materials
  • Assignments
  • Study aids

Copyright concerns

TRU's Intellectual Property website goes over the basics of classroom/publishing copyright information: Here are some basic tips:

  • It is legal for an instructor to copy an image and show it in class (ex. via Power Point)  
  • Check whether an image you want to use is fair dealing, in the public domain, or has a Creative Commons licence for re-use.
  • Use the flowchart from the IPO website to check whether an image is free to use:

Please contact the Intellectual Property Office if you have any questions or concerns. (

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Pinterest - Use Creative Commons Images