We launched Metaliteracy MOOC on September 4 at the University at Albany with colleagues from SUNY Empire State College and the University Libraries. Our opening plenary was facilitated through Blackboard Collaborate and included Tom Mackey, Trudi Jacobson, Tor Loney, Jenna Hecker, Nicola Marae Allain, and our colleagues from the Metaliteracy Learning Collaborative Michele Forte, Kathleen Stone, Mike Daly, and Mark McBride. We were joined in person by three UAlbany students and online by one of our graduate students from Empire State College. The first MOOC Talk was developed in Prezi and provided an overview of key metaliteracy terms, updates on recent metaliteracy activity, and two figures from the Metaliteracy manuscript recently completed by Tom Mackey and Trudi Jacobson for ALA Books. A recording of our first interactive session via Blackboard Collaborate is available at our Topic 1 page at Metaliteracy MOOC. In the spirit of Open SUNY we coordinated shared press releases that have been published at the Empire State College web site and the UAlbany Web site. The live MOOC Talk session was fascinating for us as we facilitated the talk with several presenters, allowing us to look at metaliteracy from multiple perspectives. We were also inspired by the post-MOOC Talk (that we did not record) because it allowed us to talk through the MOOC format itself and it felt very much like a spontaneous seminar about MOOCs. We have also seen an asynchronous conversation unfold via Twitter at #metaliteracy in response to the talk. We look forward to our upcoming MOOC Talks. On September 18 Char Booth will examine “The Metacognitive Dimension of Metaliteracy,” a key aspect of the metaliteracy model.
Registration is now open for a new Metaliteracy MOOC offered by SUNY Empire State College and the University Libraries at the University at Albany. The Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) will launch this Wednesday, September 4. It is based on the metaliteracy framework developed by Dean Tom Mackey from the Center for Distance Learning (CDL) at Empire State College and Distinguished Librarian Trudi E. Jacobson from the University Libraries at UAlbany. Mackey and Jacobson introduced the metaliteracy model, a reinvention of information literacy for open learning and social media environments in their article “Reframing Information Literacy as a Metaliteracy” published in College & Research Libraries. They are currently finishing a book on the topic entitled Metaliteracy: Reinventing Information Literacies to Empower Learners for ALA Books. The Metaliteracy MOOC will be co facilitated by Mackey and Jacobson, as well as Jenna Hecker and Tor Loney from UAlbany, and Nicola Marae Allain and Carol Yeager from Empire State College.
Live webinars presented by scholars from around the world will be featured in Metaliteracy “MOOC Talks” that promote interaction and dialogue about related topics such as metacognition, open learning, visual literacy, news literacy, scientific literacy, transliteracy, global perspectives on literacy, digital storytelling, and STEMx.
Presenters include: Char Booth, Instruction Services Manager & E-Learning Librarian at the Claremont Colleges Library, R. Brian Stone, Associate Professor at The Ohio State University, Alton Grizzle, Programme Officer in Communication and Information at UNESCO, Paul Prinsloo, Education Consultant and Editor of Progressio: South African Journal for Open and Distance Learning Practice at University of South Africa, Rex Smith, Editor of the Albany Times Union, Bryan Alexander, researcher and publisher of Future Trends in Technology and Education at BryanAlexander.org and Senior Fellow at the National Institute for Technology in Liberal Education (NITLE), Sue Thomas, author of Technobiophilia: Nature and Cyberspace, and HP Catalyst Fellows Anthony Maddox, Holly Ludgate, and Samantha Adams Becker.
Several sessions will be co-presented by SUNY colleagues including: John Delano, Distinguished Professor in the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at the University at Albany, Mark McBride, Director of Library Services, Monroe Community College, Nicola Marae Allain, Faculty Mentor and Academic Area Coordinator for Humanities/Digital Media at CDL, Michele Forte, Faculty Mentor in Community and Human Services at CDL, and Betty Hurley-Dasgupta, Mentor and Academic Area Coordinator in Science Math and Technology at CDL and HP Catalyst Fellow.
In addition to being an entirely free format that is open to participants worldwide, Metaliteracy MOOC will connect courses for credit at the University at Albany with undergraduate and graduate independent studies at Empire State College. At UAlbany, Trudi Jacobson, Tor Loney, and Jenna Hecker will teach with the MOOC as part of UUNL300x (2 credit) and UUNL205x (1 credit). At Empire State College, Tom Mackey and Carol Yeager will co-facilitate undergraduate guided independent studies based on the MOOC. CDL Faculty Mentor and Academic Area Coordinator Nicola Marae Allain will offer a research-based guided independent study entitled “MOOC Metacognitive Analysis” (3 credit) for graduate students in the Master of Arts in Learning and Emerging Technologies (MALET) in the School for Graduate Studies.
Metaliteracy MOOC is designed and co-facilitated by Carol Yeager, who developed the first two MOOCs for Empire State College and the SUNY system with Betty Hurley-Dasgupta, Creativity and Multicultural Communication and VizMath. The new Metaliteracy MOOC was built on the same gRSShopper programming developed by Stephen Downes, one of the originators of the MOOC movement and previous keynote speaker at the CDL Conference. Technical support for the MOOC is provided by Retsam Zhang, Guangdong Province, China.
Michele Forte, Trudi Jacobson, and Emer O’Keefe were successful in applying for a State University of New York (SUNY) Conversations in the Disciplines about metaliteracy. This intercampus one-day conference entitled “Developing Metaliterate Learners: Transforming Literacy Across Disciplines” will take place at the Center for Distance Learning (CDL) at Empire State College on Friday, December 13, 2013.
Learners – students and educators alike – are no longer simply information consumers but information producers in a participatory social media environment. Learners increasingly work collaboratively, creating and sharing digital information. We need to be adaptable within an information landscape that is complex and ever-changing. The metaliteracy model emphasizes these evolving literacy concepts, as well as the critical role played by metacognitive components, but many disciplines still view information creation as something done solely through traditional means, and solely by scholars in the field. How might disciplines benefit from new and collaborative modes of information creation? Can traditional models resist the changes wrought by Web 2.0? How might a conversation about expanding these conceptions bring new and fruitful ideas to these fields of study?
Librarians have ample opportunities to learn new theories and methods connected to information literacy in all its guises, but rarely have the chance to engage in macro discussion with disciplinary faculty members about the changes to the intersections of their fields. Usually conversations center around a specific class period, and what the librarian will teach to the professor’s students.
This day of conversation will allow members of both groups to engage together in learning and discussion about cutting-edge topics surrounding metaliteracy, the information literacy of today’s information and technology environment.
Tom Mackey and Trudi Jacobson will provide the keynote presentation to launch the event. Randy Hensley, Head of Information Services at Newman Library, Baruch College, CUNY, will be the afternoon keynote speaker, focusing on the student perspective. There will also be morning and afternoon reactions panels, with librarians and faculty members from community colleges, 4-year schools, a university, and a BOCES participating.
Registration will open shortly, and preference will be given to pairs made up of a librarian and a faculty member in a discipline who plan to attend together.
Metaliteracy has been featured recently in two new publications. A new UNESCO document entitled Media and Information Literacy for Knowledge Societies (2013) provides a brief definition of metaliteracy and makes it central to the conclusion. According to this new publication:
As an umbrella term, it covers many of the other literacies. It also seems to overlap with new literacies such as multiliteracies and global literacy. It is a metaliteracy. It is transversal in its nature and can be seen as an iceberg concept which is much bigger than what it is seen at first sight. Information literacy can be easily called a megaliteracy which is composed of many other skills and literacies (p. 85).
As a comprehensive and unifying metaliteracy, the idea of a megaliteracy is not needed, since the the meta already encompasses this idea. But this is an intriguing way to look at it and certainly addresses the interconnected nature of emerging literacies. Great to see metaliteracy brought into the conversation.
We also note another new publication from Betty Hurley-Dasgupta, Carol Yeager, and Catherine Bliss from SUNY Empire State College about the first MOOC they offered in the SUNY System entitled Creativity and Multicultural Communication. The authors make several references to metaliteracy in their article cMOOC and Global Learning: An Authentic Alternative in The Journal of Asynchronous Learning Networks (JALN). According to the authors,
Clearly, we need to scaffold the development of metaliteracy skills for learning through cMOOCs. Some scaffolding could be accomplished by incorporating more self-assessment into the MOOC. For future MOOCs, we plan to incorporate shared rubrics to help participants assess their own metaliteracy skills, (Yeager, et.al, 2013, p. 144).
This is an important point that demonstrates the potential impact of a metaliteracy perspective on the cMOOC learning experience, and how learners could gain new insights and knowledge in these open and collaborative spaces. We definitely need metaliteracy rubrics for MOOCs to enhance the experience for independent and collaborative learners.
As part of Tom Mackey’s workshop at NELIG 2013, this short :30 video was created on the fly using the Animoto app on a smartphone. This was a quick and easy demo that showed the possibility of producing and sharing information in creative ways, either in the classroom or online. It is based on one of the tools used in the course Digital Storytelling at Empire State College. Workshop participants explored several questions in teams related to the challenges applying technology in Designing Learning Activities to Promote Metaliteracy.
Trudi Jacobson and Tom Mackey presented Reimagining Information Literacy as a Metaliteracy: Empowering Learners for Participation, Collaboration, and Reflection at the New England Library Instruction Group Annual Program at Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH. Both presenters also conducted workshops: Trudi engaged participants in team-based learning with “What a Wonderful World: What Team-based Learning Brings to Metaliteracy Instruction” and Tom led a discussion on “Designing Learning Activities to Promote Metaliteracy” in blended and online learning environments.