The inspiration for this guide comes from the 2019 article Visual Literacy in Practice: Use of Images in Students' Academic Work by Krystyna K. Matsuak, Chelsea Heinbach, Anna Harpers, and Michael Bovee. They wanted to examine how undergraduate and graduate students were using their visual literacy skills, if any, in their academic endeavors. They found, mainly due to lack of formal knowledge and overall traditional collegiate climate, the use of images in various projects was limiting or rarely considered. Overtime, our hope is that through this guide, students, faculty, and other education professionals will feel encouraged to incorporate visual literacy practices into their work, ultimately enhancing the learning experience.
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