Relevant to studies in any discipline, these standards aim to provide educators with "an intellectual framework and structure to facilitate the development of skills and competencies required for students to engage with images in an academic environment, and critically use and produce visual media throughout their professional lives."
Detailed performance indicators and learning outcomes expand on each of the following seven standards:
- The visually literate student determines the nature and extent of the visual materials needed.
- The visually literate student finds and accesses needed images and visual media effectively and efficiently.
- The visually literate student interprets and analyzes the meanings of images and visual media.
- The visually literate student evaluates images and their sources.
- The visually literate student uses images and visual media effectively.
- The visually literate student designs and creates meaningful images and visual media.
- The visually literate student understands many of the ethical, legal, social, and economic issues surrounding the creation and use of images and visual media, and accesses and uses visual materials ethically.
- identifying a variety of image sources, materials, and types;
- finding and accessing images and visual media effectively and efficiently;
- retrieving or reproducing the needed image using appropriate technologies or systems (e.g., download functions, copy and paste, scanning, cameras);
- making judgments about the reliability and accuracy of image sources;
- using technology effectively to work with images;
- using a variety of tools and technologies to produce images and visual media;
- understanding many of the ethical, legal, social, and economic issues surrounding images and visual media (including intellectual property, copyright, and fair use).
Image: Michael Coghlan (mikecogh), Buddha with Swastika, 2011, available from Flickr under a Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic license.