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new draft Visual Literacy Standards

New draft interdisciplinary Visual Literacy Standards are now available from the Association of College and Research Libraries. The draft ACRL/IRIG Visual Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education outline Standards, Performance Indicators, and Learning Outcomes for developing student visual literacy.

Although the Standards are still in draft form, the Learning Outcomes outlined in the document can be useful now in designing image-focused assignments and course syllabi.

An example from the Standards:

Standard Three: The visually literate student interprets and analyzes the meaning of images and visual media

Performance Indicator 2: The visually literate student situates an image in its cultural, social, and historical contexts.

Learning Outcomes:

a.       Describes cultural and historical factors relevant to the production of an image (e.g., time period, geography, economic conditions, political structures, social practices)

b.      Examines the purpose and meaning of an image in its original context

c.       Describes the intended audience for an image

d.      Explores representations of gender, ethnicity, and other cultural identifiers in images

e.      Investigates how the audience, context, and interpretation of an image may have changed over time

Check out the Standards document for more examples and ideas.

Disclosure and invitation ~ I’m the chair of the Task Force working on the Standards, and we are requesting feedback on the draft document during the open comment period, February 10 – March 31. Please see the ACRL/IRIG Visual Literacy Standards project blog for more information.

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