Welcome to Course 3! This is the course where we take a deep dive into all things visual. Over the next 6 weeks of this course we will aim to build understanding in the following key areas:

  • How to use the design and layout of information to influence effective communication
  • How different information mediums require different strategies when organizing information and communicating effectively
  • Using infographics and data visualizations to tell complex stories
  • How the audience and purpose behind your communication affect how and what you communicate

In the first few weeks, we will be focusing on Visual Literacy and it’s implications in education. What is visual literacy?

Visual literacy is the ability to read, write and create visual images. It is a concept that relates to art and design but it also has much wider applications. Visual literacy is about language, communication, and interaction. Visual media is a linguistic tool with which we communicate, exchange ideas and navigate our highly visual digital world.

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In week one our focal point will be ISTE Standard for Educators 6.d: Model and nurture creativity and creative expression to communicate ideas, knowledge or connections.

You will explore questions related to how you see visual media and your own design habits. You will also dig into some great resources explaining how design principles affect the way we perceive media. 

One of my favorite concepts to consider when looking into design elements is the set of principles designers use called CARP. Contrast, Alignment, Repetition, and Proximity (not to be confused with CRAP). One of my favorite resources for learning more about CARP is the ebook created by Keri-Lee Beasley called “Design Secrest Revealed.” It’s a clear and visual explanation of each principle and a great way to develop an understanding of basic design concepts. 

This weeks tasks:

  • Plan a redesign of your COETAIL blog to make it more aesthetically appealing and easier to navigate (assuming you have no limitations). Choose 1 change to make.
  • Write a reflective blog post explaining your choices and design considerations. Include images and before/after screenshots.
  • Comment on at least one COETAIL-ers post and add the URL to the grade sheet.
  • Don’t forget to check out the GET tab if you’re going for the dual certificate!

Happy designing!