Considerations of Visual Literacy

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Considerations of Visual Literacy by Mind Map: Considerations of Visual Literacy

1. Citing Sources

2. 7. What are the ethical, legal, and economic issues of creating and accessing images?

2.1. Do I understand the ethical, legal, and economic issues surrounding images?

2.1.1. What are the image creator's or owner's intellectual property rights?

2.1.2. What does the copyright say about the image?

2.1.3. What are the image's terms of use or fair use conditions?

2.1.4. What are the image's license restrictions?

2.1.5. Am I aware of my intellectual property rights as an image creator?

2.1.6. Are there any issues of ethics, privacy, or safety when creating, using, and sharing an image?

2.1.7. Did I explore censorship issues surrounding an image?

2.2. Did I follow ethical and legal best practices when creating, using, and sharing images?

2.2.1. Did I identify institutional policies when accessing my image?

2.2.2. Did I explore copyright and use restrictions when I reproduced or altered an image?

2.2.3. Do I know my rights and attribution information for the images I create?

2.3. Did I cite the images I used?

3. 5. As an image user, am I visually literate?

3.1. Can I use images for different purposes?

3.1.1. Can I plan strategic use of images within a project?

3.1.2. Can I select images aligned with a project's purpose? With respect to meaning? With respect to visual impact? With respect to aesthetic criteria? With respect to the audience?

3.1.3. Can I use images with different purposes in mind? As an illustration? As evidence? As the focus of analysis? For communication? For learning?

3.2. Can I use technology with images effectively?

3.2.1. Can I use image editing tools effectively?

3.2.2. Can I use presentation tools effectively?

3.2.3. Can I use communication and media tools effectively?

3.2.4. Can I use storage tools effectively?

3.2.5. Can I convert an image to meet specified requirements of a project? To another file format? To another size? To another resolution?

3.2.6. Can I edit an image effectively? Can I crop the image? Can I change the color of an image? Can I change the contrast of an image?

3.3. Do I creatively use visual images?

3.3.1. Do I experiment with using images in my academic work?

3.3.2. Do I use visual thinking skills to solve problems?

3.4. Do I communicate clearly about images?

3.4.1. Do I write clearly about images? The description? The analysis? The evaluation?

3.4.2. Do I present images effectively? Considering the audience? Considering the meaning? Considering the aesthetics? Considering impact?

3.4.3. Can I knowledgeably discuss images with other people? Express ideas? Convey meaning? Validate arguments?

3.4.4. Do I include textual information with my images? Use captions? Make reference to image in text? Use keys or legends?

4. 6. As an image creator, am I visually literate?

4.1. Can I produce images for a variety of projects?

4.1.1. Can I create images to communicate concepts, narratives, and arguments? Concept maps? Storyboards? Presentations? Posters?

4.1.2. Can I create graphical representations of data? Charts? Graphs? Models? Maps?

4.1.3. Can I produce images for a defined audience?

4.1.4. Can I align images with the purpose of a project?

4.2. Do I use creativity in image production?

4.2.1. Do I align style and design with project goals?

4.2.2. Do I use aesthetics and design to enhance communication and meaning of an image?

4.2.3. Can I create new visual products from existing images?

4.3. Can I use a variety of tools and technologies to create images?

4.3.1. Do I experiment with image production tools and technologies?

4.3.2. Can I identify the best tools and technologies for image production?

4.3.3. Am I proficient in using tools and technologies for image production?

4.4. Can I effectively evaluate the images I create?

4.4.1. Can I create images aligned with project goals?

4.4.2. Do I recognize the contribution that my created images make to communication, learning, and research?

4.4.3. Do I critically evaluate and appropriately revise images I create?

5. 1. What is the nature of the image I need?

5.1. Why do I need an image?

5.1.1. What purpose does the image serve? Serves as an illustration? Serves as evidence? Supports a commentary? Is the object of a critique? Some other reason?

5.1.2. Who is the intended audience?

5.1.3. In what environment do I plan to use the image? Academic? Open Web?

5.2. What type of image do I need?

5.2.1. What type of image fits my purpose? Painting? Photograph? Print? Something else?

5.2.2. Have I exhausted all resources in search for the perfect image? Books? Journals? Databases? Repositories? Open Web? Personal creation?

5.2.3. How do I want to communicate data? Chart? Map? Graph? Diagram? Something else?

6. 4. How do I evaluate my image and its source?

6.1. Is the image reliable as a form of communication?

6.1.1. Does the image communicate my intended purpose?

6.1.2. Will the image create my intended impact on the target audience?

6.1.3. Was the image manipulated to influence interpretation?

6.1.4. Does image manipulation affect the reliability of the image?

6.1.5. Are there any signs or symbols in the image that convey meaning?

6.1.6. Do the charts and graphs correctly reflect the data?

6.2. Did I evaluate the technical elements of the image?

6.2.1. What is the resolution of the image?

6.2.2. What is the size of the image?

6.2.3. What is the clarity of the image?

6.2.4. What is the file format of the image?

6.2.5. What is the quality of the reproduction of the image? Is the color accurate? How does the image compare with other reproductions?

6.3. Did I evaluate the textural information accompanying the image?

6.3.1. Is the information accurate?

6.3.2. Is the information current?

6.3.3. Is the information complete?

6.3.4. Is the information reflected in the visual image?

6.3.5. Did I verify the information using multiple sources?

6.4. Did I evaluate the reliability of the source of the image?

6.4.1. Did I evaluate the authority of the image?

6.4.2. Does the image reflect any bias from the author?

6.4.3. From what point of view was the image created?

7. 3. How do I interpret and analyze the meaning of the image?

7.1. Did I identify information relevant to the image?

7.1.1. Did I carefully look at the content and physical details of the image?

7.1.2. What does the caption or the accompanying text say about an image?

7.1.3. What is the subject of the image?

7.1.4. Can I relate or compare my image to other images to gain further understanding?

7.1.5. Do I have enough information about my image or do I need to continue my research?

7.2. Did I identify the cultural, social, and historical context of the image?

7.2.1. Who was the original intended audience?

7.2.2. What was the original meaning and purpose of the image? In what time period was the image created? What is the geography of the image? What were the economic conditions during the time that the image was created? What was the political structure during the time that the image was created? What were the social practices during the time the image was created?

7.2.3. How has the interpretation of the image changed over time?

7.2.4. Does the manner in which the image was produced influence the image's meaning or interpretation?

7.2.5. Are there any ethnic, gender, or other cultural identifiers in the image?

7.3. Did I identify the physical, technical, and design components of the image?

7.3.1. What aesthetic elements are contained within the image? What is the color of the image? What is the style of the image? What is the shape of the image? Is there contrast in the image? Is there repetition in the image?

7.3.2. What technique or technology was used to produce the image? What materials were used to produce the image? Is the image an original or a reproduction?

7.3.3. Has the image been altered? Is there evidence of cropping? Is there evidence of color correction? Is there evidence of image enhancements?

7.4. Did I validate my interpretation of the image?

7.4.1. Did I talk to others about their interpretation of the image?

7.4.2. Did I seek expert opinions about the image in scholarly resources?

7.4.3. Did I approach my analysis from the discipline-specific perspective?

8. 2. How do I find and access the image I need?

8.1. How do I find the most appropriate image?

8.1.1. What discipline-specific sources are there for my image?

8.1.2. What are the advantages or disadvantages of using the sources I found?

8.1.3. Are there copyright or other restrictions on the image?

8.2. How do I conduct effective image searches?

8.2.1. What keywords or synonyms should I use when searching the text associated with the image I need?

8.2.2. What does the associated text say about the image?

8.2.3. Does the image lack associated text?

8.2.4. Did I try to find an image through exploration, social linking, or visual search engines?

8.2.5. Did I search for the image and topic concurrently?

8.2.6. Is the quality and quantity of the image I found appropriate for my use?

8.3. How do I acquire the image I need?

8.3.1. What technology should I use to retrieve or reproduce the image? Download the image? Scan the image? Copy and paste the image? Take a picture using a camera?

8.3.2. Do I have access to the physical object of the image I need? At a library? At a museum? At a repository At a gallery? Somewhere else?

8.3.3. Did I gather the information I need about my image? Do I have the information I need to retrieve the image again? Do I have the information I need to cite my image?