Teaching and assessing visual literacy

Jennifer Asha

1 Hour

Available all year

Online unmoderated course


This short course outlines a pedagogical framework for teaching and assessing viewing that draws on best practice literacy pedagogy and the theory of multimodality. The course provides an outline of pedagogical principles of the gradual release of responsibility model, quality talk, explicit teaching and scaffolding and explains how these relate to the teaching learning cycle. Teachers are guided through the process of selecting multimodal texts and planning for reading and viewing. The assessment framework provides suggestions for formative and summative assessment and uses student work samples to show how teachers gain insight into their students’ reading-viewing practices to help plan future reading-viewing lessons that lead students to be discerning, critical meaning makers.

Learning outcomes:

  • Gain an understanding of the pedagogical principles of the gradual release of responsibility model, quality talk, explicit teaching and scaffolding.
  • Learn how to select multimodal texts.
  • Engage in the process of planning for reading and viewing
  • Understand the features of formative and summative assessment.
  • Develop skills to assess reading and viewing

Who should participate?

  • Teachers F-6
  • Literacy Leaders

What else do I need to know?

This course is self-paced and unmoderated. All participants have access to materials for 365 days from the date they register. 

This course is designed as a companion professional development resource for the PETAA text, The potential of the visual: Teaching literacy with multimodal texts. This text is recommended reading for this course.

How does it work?

  • Individuals: upon registration individuals will be sent a link to access the PL on our online learning platform.
  • Group Booking: Schools interested in making a group booking should email us the number of teachers they wish to enrol in order to receive a quote.


Cost of participation
Member $30


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 Completing this course comprises 1 hour (NSW - Elective PL) of online professional learning addressing standards 2.5.2 and 3.3.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers.

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