Creating an information literacy atmosphere through aesthetic design: A research synthesis with application towards instructional design and information literacy instruction.
Visually aesthetic design is an important part of the human experience. Colors, design and other elements of design have a marked impact on behavior and emotion. In this paper the author will make the argument that visually aesthetic design as it pertains to information literacy instruction in the classroom and online is a key tool for instructional designers and instructional librarians. We are judged by the first impression we make and aesthetically pleasing design will help engage 21st century learners. The research design is a unique mix of a research synthesis of empirical research and literature from cognitive psychology, evolutionary psychology, product design, web design, human computer interaction, instructional design theory, E-learning, and library instruction; Throughout the research synthesis the author will connect the empirical research, theory, and best practices in the field of instructional design, library instruction, and information literacy.
Design is not a substitute for substance and correct learning design and theory, rather it is an enhancer and a way to gain credibility, and engage a wide variety of students and influence life-long informed learning. Throughout the paper the author will illustrate the importance of design in information literacy instruction and online learning. Information literacy, research methods, and critical thinking skills are not intuitive for the majority of students. Educators and designers need to engage students in every way possible to help them with information retention. Visually aesthetic design is another teaching strategy, which serves equally in the classroom or online, that can support the crucial skills of information literacy and lasting information retention.
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