Including relevant or engaging imagery in lesson plans can capture learner interest. According to Universal Design for Learning guidelines, images can also be used to represent information through multiple means that support perception and comprehension. To help faculty find free, high-quality images to incorporate with instructional media, see these resources.
- 18 Free Image Sites and Tools for Schools
- Open Washington – Free Image Sources
- How to Find Free to Use Images with Google Search
- Canva – A free tool for designing images.
Best Practices for Using Images
Any discussion about instructional media would not be complete without mention of copyright and accessibility best practices.
Where images communicate information visually, it is important to include a title and short description so that students with visual disabilities can access the information the image conveys. You may provide a caption, transcript, or configure an image’s alternative text in Blackboard. More information about choosing and sharing accessible images is available here.