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Tools and Resources for OER: Audiovisual Content

Accessibility for Videos and Images

Open Source Software

When creating or editing OER content, it is not necessary to use open software.

However, when use of the software is built into the OER, creators should find an open source option--for example, designing activities for an OER science module using open source simulation software.

Similarly, in open pedagogy, activities in which students interact with or create OER materials should be designed to incorporate open source software when possible to ensure equity of access. For example, if students are tasked to create an openly licensed infographic, instructors could help identify open source image editing software. 

More examples of open source software can be found on the OER and Library Resources by College LibGuide.


Searching & Hosting

Google Image searches can be filtered to show only images published with a Creative Commons license. In the past, these filters allowed users to limit results to various CC licenses (e.g., licenses that allow commercial reuse, etc.), but the filter now shows all CC licenses mixed in together so you will need to double-check the exact license of the image you have selected.

There are two ways to filter results. From the search results page, click the Tools button, then select Creative Commons licenses from the Usage Rights menu.

A screenshot of Google Image Search results showing how to filter to Creative Commons licensed material.

You can also filter by usage rights in the Advanced Search menu.

A screenshot of the Google Images advanced search form showing how to filter to Creative Commons licensed material.

The image site Flickr allows users to narrow their search results to images with different open licenses. The options given under the "Any license" drop down correspond to different Creative Commons licenses.

A screenshot of Flicker search results showing how to filter to Creative Commons licensed material.

On an image's information page, there is more information about the license assigned to the image. As you can see in the screenshot below, Flickr does not use the license name (e.g., CC-BY) but instead shows icons indicating the permissions and links through to the Creative Commons website for more information. The image referenced in the screenshot below shows only an icon of a person, so this is a CC-BY license.

A screenshot of a Flickr image showing where its Creative Commons license is displayed.


In a YouTube search, users can filter their results to find videos that have been given a Creative Commons license. The screenshot below shows the search filters and highlights the Creative Commons option under the Features heading.

A screenshot of YouTube search results showing how to filter to Creative Commons licensed material.

Creative Commons licenses are also identified at the bottom of each video's description, as shown below. Uploaders may also give attribution to videos that were remixed or revised.

A screenshot of a YouTube video showing where its Creative Commons license is listed.



When uploading a video, users have the option of assigning the Standard YouTube license or a CC-BY license. YouTube states that CC licenses can only be given to videos that contain original content, CC-BY content, or public domain content. The option to change the license is on the Video Details page for a specific video within the YouTube Studio.