Photographs and Images


Adding photos and relevant, stimulating images to a subject site helps teachers present content they are delivering and assessing in a more holistic and engaging way. Adding photos and other illustrative images can assist in increasing student engagement because it provides support for content understanding, points of interest and items to stimulate discussion. This is particularly important in the early stages of a subject, where students are confronted with significant volumes of information synthesise and prioritise. Stimulating, relevant images can provide the teacher with a useful mechanism for engaging students in dialogue about the subject.


The use of photos and images can include alternative approaches to collation, curation and presentation through collage, slides and standalone versions. This has the potential to connect students with the subject content and support engagement through embedding and/or linking to images.

In Practice


BIO112 Principles of Ecology

Teaching Staff

Dale Nimmo and Manu Saunders


This strategy of adding photos and relatable images helps to enhance a sense of professionalism and helps students engage with the overall themes of ecology and biology within the subject.


In this example, the subject features a number of ‘GIFs’ on the home page which add interest. These GIFs are held in place in a table and included from the original source destination via the ‘insert image via link’ option of the page editor.

Screenshot of landing page


HCS102 Communication and Human Services

Teaching Staff

Susan Mlcek


This subject employs images of Matryoushka dolls as an analogy in different ways.


Images of the dolls are sprinkled throughout the modules, landing page and announcements.


Adding photos and relatable images to a subject site can be a relatively straight forward process. A few things to think about include:


Tools in this example generally consist in a couple of broad areas:



External Sourcing:

There are two main ways to include a (properly attributed) image from an external source onto your interact2 page. The simplest way is to find one of the large ‘stock photo’ providers or better still, use a creative commons based/option site such as Flickr and search for the photo you would like to use. Using the Flickr example, the process would include:

  1. Identifying the preferred photo Find the photo
  2. Selecting the ‘share tab’ in the bottom right hand corner and then clicking the ‘embed’ tab’, bearing in mind that in many instances, sharing platforms such as Flickr allow the use of direct link as well as an embed code. Use the share tab
  3. Using the interact2 ‘insert image’ option on the editor will bring up the following screen which allows you to utilise either the embed code or the direct link URL from Flickr.
    Insert image into interact

From other sources:

In some cases there may be no obvious way to link or generate an embed code but it may be possible to ‘right click and save’ the image to the desktop, or failing that, a screenshot may be captured. This will result in a lower quality image and will still require attribution.