Using images in language education.


Language teachers need to find culturally specific images for teaching purposes and this can be very challenging. Knowing how to attribute cc licenced images can be another learning curve too. This page will share best practice in this area.

There are plenty of language teaching specific and generic collections and curations which may also prove to be useful sources of OER links and places to contribute your ideas.
Here's a diigo group
A pinterest board
OER on scoop.it
The Centre for Open Educational Resources and Language Learning

Content here has come from my learning as a result of participating in the Going open with LangOER online course. I was part of a pilot group of European educators getting to grips with creative commons licencing and use of OER. I have always considered myself to be an Open Educational Practitioner (long before I knew the term existed) and in 30 years of language teaching have always enjoyed creating and sharing resources and participating in the development of learning materials. The digital era brings new challenges and opportunities and I believe it is more important than ever to understand how we manage our contribution to the wider teaching community. We must share and learn from each other, I agree with David Wiley on that one, we should also be able to assert our own intellectual property as part of that through the use of CC licences, and respect that of others through correct attribution. If you have a blog as I do, you should apply a CC licence to it!

Here's an example of a student created video which uses CC licenced images (correctly licenced and attributed at the end of the clip). It was produced for the video for all project, an EU project which helps teachers imagine new ways of using video in language education. You will find the worked example and the downloadable .pdf tthat explains how it was made here.