Images, audio and video can all be valuable additions to your teaching. They are particularly helpful to improve retention, by delivering information both verbally and non-verbally and provide visual or audible context to reinforce ideas.

Images can aid understanding of a complex problem through the use of figures and diagrams. Finally, adding images can make your teaching materials aesthetically pleasing and provide variety.

Finding images and media

The first port of call for many people may be the internet, but copying images and media has copyright implications and you may need permission or a licence for this activity.

If you wish to show a broadcast TV or radio programme for teaching purposes, LSE have a Licence called the ERA Licence, that covers this activity. In addition, LTI offer a limited digitising service to academic staff who wish to digitise selected broadcasts for use in Moodle.

Contact LTI for more information on Multimedia resources for use in an educational setting such as the JISC MediaHub which contains images, video and audio.

Copyright and Creative Commons

If you find content such as images, video or text on the internet, you will often need permission if you wish to re-use it in your own teaching. However, some artists and authors are happy for people to use and adapt their content and may choose to licence it under a Creative Commons Licence. These licences mean, provided you abide by certain conditions, that you are free to use and adapt the content. If you wish to find material licenced under Creative Commons, visit the Creative Commons Search and our copyright pages for more information on copyright.