Author – Johanna Westwood
Adding images to the pages in your Course Resources module can make it more appealing, can be used to illustrate or explain a complex point or can help theme your content. Whatever your reasons for wanting to add images, it’s easy to do!
Selecting an image
Finding the right image can be difficult, and you need to ensure you have permission to use that image – even if you’re adding it to a password-protected page such as Course Resources. The library offers some helpful advice on finding and citing images.
Resizing the image
Often images we retrieve from the internet can be quite large, and Course Resources doesn’t automatically resize them. This short guide from Microsoft shows how to resize them using Paint (which should be available on all Windows computers).
Adding the image
When adding a content item in Course Resources, select the Insert/Edit image button in the content editor.
A new browser window will open, select Browse My Computer to locate the file, then enter an image title and description.
Accessibility – ALT text
The description is for the benefit of visually impaired users who rely on assistive technology such as screen readers. Therefore an accurate description of the image that will provide an equivalent experience for visually impaired readers is needed.
If the image is purely decorate, then a description is not needed. For examples of when to use alternative text see the RNIB Accessibility guidelines for alt text.