The resources on this page will help make learning object creation faster. Templates, free images and icons, and to tips for finding more of these resources help make sure that you’re not re-inventing the wheel. Before you integrate media from the web into your e-learning project, please read this page on Copyright, Fair Use, and Crediting Creative Commons Media.
CreativeCommons.org hosts a great index of various places on the web that host content with a Creative Commons license. Note that not all content on these sites will be available with a Creative Commons license, so it’s important that you read the licensing information carefully.
- Archive.org is a non-profit that was founded to build an Internet library. Its purposes include offering permanent access for researchers, historians, scholars, people with disabilities, and the general public to historical collections that exist in digital format. Most resources posted there can be embedded or reused for noncommercial purposes.
- Wikipedia curates an extensive list of public domain resources.
Images and Icons
- Unsplash: photographs that are free to download and use
- Pexel: photographs that are free to download and use
- Noun Project: icons for everything
- Academic Technology Services can administer a limited number of project-based subscription accounts subscriptions to E-learning Art, where faculty can find high resolution photographs of a diverse set of characters to use in e-learning scenario based-learning resources and simulations. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to request an account.
- Pixabay offers free and public domain images for download at high resolution.
- You can search in Google specifically for images available for reuse:
- Flickr also has images available for reuse, but again, you have to conduct your search using a particular method
- Google recently released 750 Glyphs (images for use in computer programs) that may be useful in your project as buttons. You can download the package here. And you can see more about the project by going to their github page.
- Storyline comes with a cast of characters, but if you’d like a different style, here’s a set of characters that you can change bit by bit to make an endless set. Here’s a file with more people developed by ATS staff and instructions for making your own changes.
- Wikimedia Commons also offers many pictures that you can use for free though you should ensure that you credit any images as requested by the author. Read more about crediting images
- Public Domain Pictures, Public Domain Photos, and PD Photo are also good sources for finding images in the public domain.
- Getty images charges publishers a lot for their high-quality images, but you can embed these in your for educational purposes for free. You cannot download them, but it’s still pretty great because you can find great images of current events.
- Jamendo (Creative Commons and Royalty Free music)
- SoundCloud (Creative Commons and Royalty Free music, podcasts, and other audio)
- Musopen provides recordings, sheet music, and textbooks to the public for free, without copyright restrictions.
- Public Domain Sherpa
Rights-Managed but embeddable video
Some media cannot be copied into your project or course because of copyright constraints but can be embedded using provided embed code. Embed code allows you to add code to an e-Learning project, Blackboard, or any other website that makes the video appear in the context of your page, even though it’s actually hosted on a server maintained by another organization.
- The library has contracted with several multimedia streaming services to provide faculty and students the ability to embed a selection of movies for educational purposes. View the various options here.
- PBS Video
- Ted Talks can be embedded for use in non-profit projects
- Ted Ed
- Art21 (a division of PBS)
- Khan Academy
There are many templates available on the web. As you’re looking at these templates, you should view the demo link to see what the end effect is. If you like it, you can download the Storyline file. You can then use the template by importing that Storyline project into the one you’re working on.
Tips and Tricks on Working with Templates
Working with someone else’s template can be a bit like detective work because you need to figure out where to change it to make it your own. Here are some tips for working with templates:
- Interactions in Storyline tend to rely on triggers and layers. Layers hide the extra information that pops up at a certain time based on user interaction, and triggers tell Storyline when to hide and show the information. If you can’t find where to change text or images in an interaction, click on the different layers (lower right of the Storyline interface) to see if you can find those items.
- If you’d like to change out a picture in the template for your own image, you can right-click on that image and choose “change image.” This will allow you to browse for your own image, which will be placed in the same position and at the same size as the original image.
- As you’re pasting text from elsewhere into a templated slide, be sure to right-click, and under the paste options, use the “keep text only” option (icon looks like a capital A). This will prevent the style of the text you’re bringing in from overwriting the style of the template.
- Be sure to preview the slide to make sure that you’ve changed all of the template text to your own.
- When you import a template into your project, the colors of various items may change based on the default colors of your own theme. This is generally a positive change, but if you prefer the original colors, you can either change the default colors of your theme (this will change the colors throughout your project) or you can manually change the colors for each item on the template slide.
Sites that Sell Images and Other Resources
If you’re creating a project and you have a budget for buying media, here are some sites that offer good quality images, media, and other resources. Note that you can find many good resources for free, so you might look in Creative Commons licensed resources before buying.