Embedding Information Literacy into a Visual Literacy Course
This poster will highlight activities used to teach visual and information literacy outcomes in a freshman-level course, Visual Literacy for Life and Learning, offered by the Adult Learning & Technology (ALT) Department at the University of Wyoming. ALT faculty and librarians have collaborated on the course since 2003. Course outcomes include identifying a research question regarding the role of visuals in society, locating images in print or online resources, interpreting and evaluating messages in images, and using visual literacy principles and technology to communicate effectively with images. The librarian and course instructor co-teach three or four sessions in the library, where they guide students in finding and accessing materials. They also facilitate discussions about ethical and legal issues associated with acquiring and using borrowed text and images. As a result of the course, students report increased sensitivity to visuals surrounding them.
Assistant Librarian, Reference & Instruction
University of Wyoming Libraries
Dr. Steven Aagard
Associate Lecturer, Adult Learning & Technology
University of Wyoming