The grammar of visual design

Roberts, Susan & Philip, Robyn (2006) The grammar of visual design. Australasian Journal of Educational Technology, 22(2), pp. 209-228.

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The ability to interpret information from any source, and increasingly visual sources, is a vital skill for all graduates in contemporary culture. The development of the skills to read visual texts and communicate that understanding requires a certain level of critical thinking and reflection, skills which can only be developed over time, through practice and dialogue. This paper reflects on the evaluation of two websites. These resources support students in two units of study which aim, amongst other things, to develop visual literacy and critical thinking skills using the functional systemic concepts developed by Kress and van Leeuwen (1990, 1996). The challenge for the authors was to create two online resources for distance students that exemplified the theory itself and scaffolded learning as students developed their own level of skills in this area

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ID Code: 99935
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: visual literacy, verbal literacy, usability, interactivity, distance education, web design, higher education, HERN
DOI: 10.14742/ajet.1299
ISSN: 1449-5554
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > EDUCATION SYSTEMS (130100) > Higher Education (130103)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > CURRICULUM AND PEDAGOGY (130200) > Creative Arts Media and Communication Curriculum and Pedagogy (130201)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > SPECIALIST STUDIES IN EDUCATION (130300) > Educational Technology and Computing (130306)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Curriculum
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: 2006 The Author(s)
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Deposited On: 13 Oct 2016 01:03
Last Modified: 13 Oct 2016 01:05

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