We are living in a golden age of visual communication, and not just because of all the video-streaming services and photo-sharing tools we have at our disposal. In education, compelling visual content such as instructional videos, easy-to-understand graphics, and voice-over slideshows have become a major part of traditional, blended, and online learning.
What it means to be literate today is significantly different to what it was in the not too distant past. Once, being able to decode text was sufficient even if barely so. Today literacy involves the ability to make meaning from a multitude of text types, formats and modalities.