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Presented by Ellen Petraits at the Annual Conference of the Visual Resources Association, April 3rd - April 6th, 2013, in Providence, Rhode Island.
Session #13: Pedagogical Studies in Visual Literacy
ORGANIZER/MODERATOR: Mark Pompelia, Rhode Island School of Design
Diana Carns, University of Massachusetss Dartmouth
"Constructing Meaning: Integrating Text, Images, and Critical Questioning"
Ellen Petraits, Rhode Island School of Design
"Visual Literacy for Visual Learners: Relating Research Skills to Haptic Skills"
Kelly Smith, Lafayette College
"Image Seeking and Use by Graduate History Students: Avenues to Incorporating Visual Literacy"
Sarah Vornholt, University of Hawai'i at Manoa
"Visualizing the Article: An Exploratory Study of Undergraduates' Educational Reactions to Images in Scholarly Articles"
Following the popular Visual Literacy Case Studies session that premiered at the 2012 annual conference, this session follows that same purpose while expanding the definition of what it can mean while meeting in Providence, Rhode Island—the Creative Capital, a city that serves as a factory for and of non-traditional learners. As background: A term first coined in 1969, visual literacy, according to the Association of College and Research Libraries “Visual Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education,” “is a set of abilities that enables an individual to effectively find, interpret, evaluate, use, and create images and visual media. Visual literacy skills equip a learner to understand and analyze the contextual, cultural, ethical, aesthetic, intellectual, and technical components involved in the production and use of visual materials. A visually literate individual is both a critical consumer of visual media and a competent contributor to a body of shared knowledge and culture.”