Sneak Peaks into the Forthcoming Book Metaliteracy in Practice

As we mentioned in our post of June 14, the manuscript of Metaliteracy in Practice has been delivered to our editors, ALA Neal-Schuman, with publication expected in late 2015 or early 2016. The volume includes nine chapters, whose authors explore a wide range of teaching situations and opportunities where metaliteracy provides a structural and pedagogical framework.

We thought that brief overviews of some of the content might interest you.  Over the next month or two we will feature these sneak peaks, written by chapter authors, as blog posts. We hope they will whet your appetite!

Chapter 4:

Where Collections and Metaliteracy Meet: Incorporating Library-Owned Platforms into Open and Collaborative Library Instruction

Amanda Scull

Keene State College, New Hampshire

Many of the ways in which librarians provide instruction are dependent upon libraries’ subscription content, namely databases and online journals. Yet in a time when our budgets are decreasing and the cost of those resources increases annually, librarians should consider shifting their focus to library-owned platforms that support local content creation. This focus on institutionally created content housed on library platforms requires a shift in the way we define “collections.” However, this approach allows librarians to innovate and adapt their instruction in ways that engage students with collaboration, varied content, and the literacies demanded of today’s scholars and workforce.

This chapter focuses on the use of institutional repositories and LibGuides as two platforms through which librarians can both teach and develop content. There are many ways to connect the metaliteracy objectives to instruction through these platforms, as they are ideal places for encouraging students to collaborate and participate in the scholarly conversation. Practical examples of how librarians are already using these platforms at colleges and universities are provided, as well as suggestions for assessment and mapping to the metaliteracy goals and objectives and ACRL’s Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education.

Presentation on MOOCs and Badges at SUNY CIT

The Metaliteracy Learning Collaborative presented on the culmination of their work over the past year for an Innovative Instruction Technology Grant (IITG) at SUNY’s Conference on Instruction and Technology on May 28th. A panel composed of all eight members of the grant team, including PIs Tom Mackey and Trudi Jacobson and co-PIs Kathleen Stone, Michele Forte, Amy McQuigge, Kelsey O’Brien, Allison Hosier and Jenna Pitera, discussed the development of two MOOCs on two different platforms, both of which were supported by the metaliteracy learning objectives. Designing Innovative Online Learning: An Investigation of Digital Badges Integration with Two MOOC Platforms offered insights about the collaborative development and facilitation of both the Coursera and Canvas MOOCs and the extent to which we were able to integrate the Metaliteracy Badges.

Finished Manuscript of Metaliteracy in Practice

We have spent the last year editing a book that we just sent to our publishers, ALA Editions, at the beginning of July. Entitled Metaliteracy in Practice, the chapter authors explore a wide range of teaching situations and opportunities where metaliteracy provides a structural and pedagogical framework. It is highly exciting and inspirational to learn about the numerous ways the authors have found metaliteracy to be meaningful to them and their students.

The authors also examine issues relevant to the ACRL Framework in relation to metaliteracy. Both are having a transformative effect on the field of information literacy. The chapter authors show why we need to reframe and reinvent information literacy as a metaliteracy and why a new definition of information literacy was required at this pivotal time in higher education.

In addition to our wonderful chapter authors, we are thrilled that the book’s Foreword has been written by Alison J. Head, Ph.D., Executive Director, Project Information Literacy (PIL), Principal Research Scientist, The Information School, University of Washington, and Faculty Associate, Berkman Center for Internet & Society, Harvard University. Alison provides the ideal context for the book that connects to her innovative work with Project Information Literacy (PIL).

We expect the book will be published in late 2015 or early 2016. As soon as the publisher finalizes the copy for their catalog, we’ll add it here.

In the meantime, look for upcoming posts by chapter authors that provide a glimpse into the book’s contents!

Metaliteracy Presentation at COIL Conference in NYC

Three members of the Metaliteracy Learning Collaborative presented at the 7th SUNY COIL Conference in New York City in March 2015. Tom Mackey, Michele Forte, and Kathleen Stone presented: Empowering Yourself in a Connected World: Designing an Open SUNY Coursera Course for a Global Audience.  This presentation examined our initial observations of the collaboratively developed and facilitated Coursera MOOC Empowering Yourself in a Connected World with a particular emphasis on the global reach of this learning environment. If you attended the conference or just discovered the presentation now, let us know what you think with a reply to this posting!

Registration Now Open for New MOOC, Empowering Yourself as a Digital Citizen

Our Canvas MOOC, Empowering Yourself as a Digital Citizen, is set to begin on March 23.  This MOOC is based on the Digital Citizen badge in the Metaliteracy Badging System. The course lasts 6 weeks, and at the end of it, participants who have completed their work will earn the Digital Citizen Badge. Registration is limited to 500 in this MOOC, so sign up soon if you are interested. Here’s a video to get a sneak peek.

Another Metaliteracy open learning opportunity is about to begin

In fall 2013 the Metaliteracy Learning Collaborative hosted a connectivist MOOC, Metaliteracy MOOC, which provided a collaborative learning environment to explore a range of aspects connected with metaliteracy. Over 500 people registered for the course, primarily professionals from information-related fields.

We are delighted to announce that this spring we will offer not one but two x-MOOCs, one on Coursera and one on Canvas. First up is the Coursera MOOC: Metaliteracy: Empowering Yourself in a Connected World. Registration for this first MOOC is now open at Coursera.org and the 10-week course will be begin on February 2, 2015. The second MOOC is being developed in Canvas Network with a particular emphasis on Digital Citizenship and additional details about registration will be forthcoming. These MOOCs are open to all, but we expect that many people who are not information professionals will engage in learning about their active roles in our information age, and how they can contribute to these social spaces as informed digital citizens.  While our original connectivist MOOC was focused on exploring the theory of metaliteracy from multiple perspectives through our collaborative MOOC Talks, both X-MOOCs are designed for learners interested in putting theory into practice through an integrated and collaborative learning experience.

The two new metaliteracy MOOCs are being supported by an Innovative Instruction Technology Grant (IITG) Designing Innovative Online Learning: Integrating a Coursera MOOC with Open SUNY Badging.  Both MOOCs integrate content from our Metaliteracy Digital Badging system and the Canvas Network version will provide opportunities for learners to earn a sharable Digital Citizen badge.

Register now for Empowering Yourself in a Connected World!  Look forward to seeing you in the open course!

Metaliteracy eCourse offered by ALA in January 2015

Trudi Jacobson and Tom Mackey will co-facilitate a new eCourse for ALA starting on January 5, 2015.  This 4-week course entitled Metaliteracy: Reinventing Information Literacy to Empower Learners is based on their new co-authored book about Metaliteracy.  Detailed information about the eCourse, including learning objectives and the course outline, is also available via the ALA Press Release.  This asynchronous course will feature optional weekly sessions via synchronous web conferencing with both authors.  The course includes video introductions recorded by Trudi and Tom at the TV Studio at SUNY Empire State College: Metaliteracy eCourse Introductory Video