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The basic definition of visual literacy is the ability to read, write and create visual images. It is a concept that relates to art and design but it also has much wider applications. Visual literacy is about language, communication and interaction. Visua

Visual Literacy

What is Visual Literacy?

According to the 2011 ACRL Visual Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education: "Visual literacy is a set of abilities that enables an individual to effectively find, interpret, evaluate, use, and create images and visual media. Visual literacy enables 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."

Fun Fact!

In Mahzarin Banaji and Anthony Greenwald's Blindspot: Hidden Biases of Good People (2013) they suggest simply changing your screensavers to an image that works against stereotypes can help reset your biases. Consider a personal bias about other people you may want to revise. Challenge this bias by selecting an image to counteract it as your new screensaver.


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