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Graphics, information and citation examples on this guide were taken from the Art Research guide of the University of California Irvine and are used with permission.

Select visual literacy tools

The following is an annotated list of resources located on the web. It was last updated March 10, 2011.

Teaching visual literacy 

Assignments at Viz (UTAustin) 

This website provides a number of assignments useful to teachers of visual analysis. 

AT&T/UCLA Initiatives for 21st Century Literacies

This website contains a large volume of lesson plans for teaching skills related to relatively new technologies. Topics covered include technical skills such as web browsing or note taking techniques as well as more in depth topics concerned with information literacy in the 21st century.

How to Teach Media Literacy

This website hosts a number of free articles on teaching media literacy, but the lesson plans and curriculum resources require a subscription for access. 

International Center of Photography’s Teacher Resources

This is a resource for those interested in teaching photography. The resources include information on visual literacy and the importance of integrating visual literacy into education (this begins on page 30 of 94 in the PDF linked above).

Introduction to Visualization from Hodges’ Health Career Model

These websites contain articles stressing the importance of integrating visual instructional methods into the teaching process. The focus is on teaching for health careers, but the information contain within can be applied to many different disciplines.

Visual Literacy Exercise

This is an exercise provided by the Library of Congress to quickly and effectively introduce someone to the fundamentals of visual literacy.

Visual Rhetoric and Strategies of Persuasion

 This is the homepage for a course offered in 2003 on the increasing importance of images and their ability to convey certain messages.