As David Wiley mentions in his short
Ted-talk, openness simply means being generous. Sharing your materials with the
others is indeed a nice thing and that is what we have been taught by our
adults since our childhood! Isn’t that so? Anyway, as a teacher, I think we all
have to be open with our students if our aim is to disseminate knowledge.

Now that’s about openness. But have
we ever thought about the openness of creative content. For example, images
that we use for our teaching materials or any other work? We are just using any
image that we find online, aren’t we? Well, I was, until the ONL course opened
up my eyes.

Image repositories are quite
common nowadays due to the vast number of pictures that are being taken every
minute all around the world. And it is an obvious fact that images play a major
role in creating our learning materials or in any other written work in terms
of conviction, elaboration and attraction. However, finding the appropriate
image from an open source has been a challenge, I believe, mainly due to the
unawareness among people of any such open sources. Well, I always wondered how
to download and use images on our work legally? This question had been in my
mind for a long time until I watched a video that was posted on ONL course
page. I was so happy to learn that there are particular websites where we can
get such open licensed images.

After learning this, I wanted to expand
my knowledge more on this and as usual, I googled. Anyway, even if you don’t
know about any specific website for this matter, you can still google open images.
There are several ways you could do that. In Google, when you look for an
image, under tools, there is an option to check user rights. You may select
your option: ‘not filtered by license’, ‘labeled for reuse with modification’, ‘labeled
for reuse’, ‘labeled for non-commercial reuse with modification’, and ‘labeled
for non-commercial reuse’.  Even in Bing,
Flickr, Wikimedia commons and Europeana, you get filtering options. But there
is a drawback in these methods because even if we filter the image, it is vital
that we go to the website of the selected image to check on the original image
to be sure of the image’s CC licencing and user permissions.  Further, OpenClipart and the NounProject which
are repositories of clipart and icons respectively are in the public domain (Finding
Open Images, 2019).

Moreover,,, and are free open licensed repositories
which would give you a plethora of quality images.

So, isn’t this an interesting piece of information ? Well, it is for me, and thank you ONL for this!

For more information, you may watch the following video on ‘Creative Commons & Copyright Info’ which was introduced to us by the ONL course:


Open education and the future, Short TED-talk by David Wiley

“Finding Open Images”, Open Educational Resources. (April
30, 2019). Retrieved from

How to access open creative content?