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The advantages of using free for education material include:
- It is free - TAFE NSW does not pay for the use of this material by teachers or content developers.
- Access to this material does not generally need to be restricted to students and teachers. Therefore, free for education material can be used on content repositories which are open to the public.
Note that you still need to comply with any applicable licence terms in relation to free for education material.
Regardless of the licence or statements that no attribution is required, you should always label any content used. Follow the guielines:
Information from Smartcopying on using music, including a list of free music sites
Open Education Resources are teaching and learning resources available under legally recognised open licences. They are free for people to reuse, revise, remix, and redistribute (depending on the licence type). Many utilise Creative Commons licences.
Information from Smartcopying about OER resources
Fee Free Resources by Topic Area
CDC Public Health Image Library
Covers a wide variety of topics including child development, public health, diseases, environmental health etc. Most images are in the public domain and free of copyright restrictions. High resolution downloads available.Check the information under the image before using.
Cancer visuals online
Covers anatomy, health, science and technology. Some images are in the public domain, others are copyright protected. Please check the information next to each image before using.
Features 150,000 artworks by 2,500 artists. Some images are in the public domain while others are copyright protected. Please check the information below the image before using
Understanding Creative Commons 2011
Finding Creative Commons Images on Google
- Enter your search term into the Google Images search bar.
- Once the results are displayed, click on Tools. (top right, under the search bar)
- Click on the drop-down menu under Usage Rights.
- Choose the licence you want- for instance, Labeled for reuse – will locate images that can be reproduced, communicated, redistributed or published for educational and commercial purposes. Don't filter using non commercial licences
- Click on an image to see more detail and then click on Visit to confirm the images licence details.
Creative Commons is an international non-profit organisation that provides free licences and tools that copyright owners can use to allow others to share, reuse and remix their material, legally. When developing courses, don't use any non commercial use CC licences.
Creative Commons, Australia (2012), What are the Creative Commons licences? factsheet, accessed from: http://creativecommons.org.au/weblog/entry/244
ImageCodr: HTML code for Flickr images
Smartcopy page explaining about Creative Commons