EDEL108B Fall 2000
Questions that Promote Visual Literacy

Guide for theOnline Module Assignment

This online module is about questions, which can be part of assessment but also is part of teaching and learning. In particular, we will focus on pictures and the questions that accompany them. And particularly in particular (don't tell your lang arts profs I said that) this module is about how people think when responding to the questions that depend on the pictures. What will you need to do? Briefly, and informally: (1) Explore all the stuff. (2) Make a chart and fill it. (3) Make up some questions. Submit your work as a printout of a wordprocessed document. Below is the formal presentation to help you:

Introduction. Welcome to a 108B class session online. Instead of meeting in person in class, you will receive instruction through a"distance education" mode. Because people learn in different ways, this module facilitates interacting with the content, and each other, in a variety of strategies.

YOU MAY WORK ALONE OR WITH ONE PARTNER. If you work with a partner, describe what you each did, and put both names on the paper.

DUE DATE: Nov. 29 (week after Thanksgiving)

This short module is designed to engage you in:

1. An experience with online learning.
2. Considering closely the kinds of thinking that students use when asked specific questions.
3. Reviewing activities in the context of abilities related to visual literacy.
4. Using an online resource (http:// Gallery.sjsu.edu )
5. Generating your own questions in science that relate to an image.

About this website:
This module centers around a website that is IN PROGRESS: Horses in Science through Art. The web site is designed to be used by pairs or small groups of students, or larger groups facilitated by the teacher, with an emphasis on exploration and discussion. You will notice that the questions in each section are not numbered as they might be if students were going to record and hand in answers. As you explore and carry out the assignment, you might have suggestions for further development of this site. Please share your ideas with the author/developer who can be contacted at kereynolds@aol.com.

1. Click on Introduction and read it. Return to the home page (use the back arrow and forward arrow to return to previous pages). Explore the sections of the web site to find out how to navigate from section to section and to browse what is there.

2. Make a chart that lists the questions in one column (you can identify them by section and number or section and picture subject), and in the second column you write the kind of thinking process(es) required to answer the question. Be specific with this, e.g., don't write "compares"; write "compares .... to ...."

3. Go to the World Art (Art History) Gallery. Find four pictures and generate a question for each that (a) is related to science, and (b) requires close inspection of the picture to answer the question (you can't answer it without looking at the picture). Identify the thinking process(es) that are required to answer each question. Identify an appropriate grade level for the question. If, for some reason, this SJSU site is not available, you may search images in another gallery or art museum collection.

Put the picture in the document with the question you generate. HOW TO GET THE PICTURE: When you click on the chosen picture to get information about it, hold the cursor arrow over the picture and click/hold. A window will appear with choices; select copy this image. This will put the image in memory and you can then paste it onto the page of your wordprocessed document. PLEASE include identifying information about the image (title, artist, date, no., site, if not the SJSU site).

4. Discuss (a) how you could use this site with your own students (include content connections and logistics/management), and (b) whether you worked aloone or with a partner and what difference that probably made.

5. Bonus: Suggest additional images from the World Art Gallery or special features for the Horses site. and/or find things that need to be corrected.

I hope you enjoy this assignment. Your feedback will be important since you are one of the first classes to carry it out!

This assignment is 70 pts. Bonus up to 10 pts.