Visual Literacy and Creativity

The following resources are designed to help you assess and develop your students’ visual literacy and creativity skills.

All our resources are available for free educational use under a Creative Commons licence. You are welcome to link to them, use them and adapt them if necessary for your students, but please acknowledge LearnHigher as authors.

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Excelling at critical analysis: a 3-stage method with an image

The aim of this activity is to clarify the difference between descriptive and analytical writing and emphasise the importance of research-based argument. Participants engage in an interactive 3-stage exercise that interrogates a (visual) text in order to generate a piece of academic writing.

Activity time: 1 hour

Types of media: Handout/s, Slides, PowerPoint File

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What are Digital Capabilities?

To reflect upon the digital capabilities which are important to you

Activity time: 3 mins

Types of media: Video

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Learn Hacks

The animations are all based around the themes of productivity, curation, discovery, collaboration, impact and transferable skills. It is to highlight the many ways students can engage with technology to improve their learning experience.

Activity time: 3 minutes

Types of media: Video

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Visual Learning website

A website hosting a number a number of staff and student resources to support the development of visual learning

Activity time: Variable

Types of media: Webpage

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Notemaking: ten top tips

An informative mindmap showing the top ten tips for notemaking.

Activity time: Unknown time

Types of media: Helpsheet

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Draw to Learn

A workshop designed to show how drawing and visually representing objects or themes can help to support learning and increase creativity. Includes links to the theory behind creative/visual practices.

Activity time: 2-3 hours workshop, plus extra curricular feedback time.

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Free writing

A resource which would be particularly useful for staff teaching on a creative writing programme. Includes two structured writing exercises and information on free writing.

Activity time: Varies

Types of media: Webpage, Helpsheet, PowerPoint File

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Six steps to success

A presentation outlining a whole new approach to successful study. The six steps are:

S = Study Techniques and practices
O = Overview
C = Creativity
C = Communicate effectively
E = Emotions
R = Review, review, review

Also includes a booklet for students' reference, and some suggested activities to follow the presentation.

Activity time: 40 minutes

Types of media: Handout/s, Slides, PowerPoint File, Word Document

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