. . . the learned ability to interpret visual messages accurately and to create such messages.
Developing Visual Literacy:
Input Strategies - Helping learners to decode, or "read" visuals proficiently by practicing visual analysis skills.
- Developmental Effects
- Cultural Effects
- Visual Preferences
Output - Helping learners to encode, or "write" visuals to express themselves and communicate with others.
Role of Visuals in Instruction
- Provide a concrete referent for ideas
- Make abstract ideas concrete
- Motivate Learners
- Direct attention
- Repeat information in different formats
- Recall prior learning
- Reduce learner effort
Taken from Smaldino, Lowther and Russell (2008: 52-58)
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