Digital Images and Copyright in the Post Primary Classroom (online)

In this course, you will be introduced to tools and techniques that will help you to find royalty-free digital images and other resources to use in your classroom. You will learn and apply the conventions for citing and referencing digital resources. You will examine the basic principles of digital copyright as they apply to teaching and learning and devise activities to promote a greater respect for copyright from your students.

Duration2 hours
Skill LevelBasic
Target AudienceAll (post primary) teachers
PrerequisitesBasic ICT skills. Participants should have experience of carrying out basic ICT tasks (opening, editing, saving, closing files) and be proficient in using an Internet browser.

Online course availability, requirements and access

The course is delivered via Please go to/return to the Course Schedule for information on available dates. Enrolment links appear on once the course is open for enrolment (login first, then see the link labelled “Find links to enrol, here”).

Technical Requirements: A good broadband internet connection and a laptop, desktop pc or tablet (with the latest version of Chrome, Firefox or Safari installed).

Learning Outcomes

At the end of this course, you should be able to:

  • Describe how copyright protection applies to online images
  • Use filters to ensure ethical and legal use of information sourced online
  • Explain the importance of citing and referencing online material
  • Apply standard conventions when citing and referencing online content
  • Describe the basic principles of digital copyright
  • Give an overview of the copyright exemptions that apply to educational settings
  • Devise activities to help your students become more familiar with copyright.

Course Content

The course content includes:

  • Demonstrations of search techniques and advice on how to effectively search for and find images as well as other resources online, while respecting copyright
  • Opportunities to create references and citations for different online content
  • Guidance on citing and referencing material from different online sources
  • An introduction to the copyright concerns for teachers using digital content in class
  • Descriptions of the different Creative Commons’ licenses that can be applied to digital images
  • Opportunities to devise activities to help your students become more familiar with copyright considerations.