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The art of information

Presentation given at 2014 LOEX Conference, Grand Rapids, MI

Andrea Beckendorf

on 15 May 2014

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The art of information
Teaching visual literacy with first-year students
First-Year Seminars
ART/LIST 185 Visual Literacy: The Art of Information
Students will:
Be familiar with the vocabulary of art and design used in info graphics
Employ the principles of visual literacy
Become savvy interpreters of info graphics
"Girls Are Smarter Than Boys"
Critical Thinking
Visual Thinking
LOEX Presentation Outcomes:
Select appropriate tools to incorporate visual literacy elements into teaching
Construct assignments that combine visual and critical thinking through writing
Assess an oral presentation for principles of visual literacy and effective speaking
Presentation Skills
Andi Beckendorf, Research & Instruction Librarian
Luther College, Decorah, IA
LOEX Conference, May 10, 2014

Curricular Goals for First-Year Seminars
Student-led content
First-Year Curriculum at Luther College
Fall: Paideia 111
J-Term: First-Year Seminar (185)
Spring: Paideia 112 (research paper)
18 days of class, 4 credits
2 hours in class each day
2+ hours homework
Art & Design
Individual writing
Focused image choice
Elements and principles are interrelated
Using the vocabulary in analysis, discussion

Visual and social
"Academic" space
Easy to share links
Select and explain
Develop vocabulary
Writing supports class discussion
Group, individual work
Focused image choice
Practice vocabulary
Oral and written work

Scaffolding of skills
Evaluation of message
Rubric given in advance
Paper with reflection
Formal and informal practice
Group and individual practice
Parameters guided by rubric
Selection of topic and research resources
Application of criteria
Evaluation of content
Oral and written practice throughout course
Selection of art and design concepts to analyze
Application of criteria
Evaluation of content
Oral and written practice throughout course
Written topic statement
Meet to discuss topic, research direction, and plans for development
Basic design concepts
Parameters: Five minutes, six slide transitions, two minutes for questions
Visual component
Mind mapping
Pair work
Individual questions
Practice with Vocabulary
Scaffolding of Skills
Critical & Visual Thinking
Foundation for Research
Identify & Apply Concepts
Live Demo! ELMO Document Camera
Thanks for attending today!
Andi Beckendorf
Research & Instruction Librarian
Course & Presentation Bibliography
Ambrose, Gavin, and Paul Harris. Design Th!nking. Lausanne : AVA Academia, 2010. [optional course text]
Bamford, Anne. “The Visual Literacy Whitepaper.” http://www.adobe.com/uk/education/pdf/adobe_visual_literacy_paper.pdf. Uxbridge: Adobe Systems, UK & Australia. 2003. [course text]
Lancaster, Adelaide. “Girls are Smarter than Boys.” In Good Company (blog). http://ingoodcompany.com/2012/05/girls-are-smarter-than-boys-infographic/. Accessed May 6, 2014. [presentation infographic]
McArdle, Megan. “Ending the Infographic Plague.” The Atlantic. Dec. 23, 2011. http://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2011/12/ending-the-infographic-plague/250474/. Accessed 7 May 2013. [course text]
Marks, Andrea S. Writing for visual thinkers: a guide for artists and designers. Berkeley, CA: New Riders, 2011. [instructor text for course]
Reynolds, Garr. Presentation Zen Design: Simple design principles and techniques to enhance your presentations. Berkeley, CA: New Riders, 2010. [course text]
Tufte, Edward R. Beautiful Evidence. Cheshire, CN: Graphics Press, 2006. [course text]
Photos and course screenshots taken by the presenter.
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