The new metaliteracy book edited by Tom Mackey and Trudi Jacobson, Metaliterate Learning for the Post-Truth World, has been published by ALA Neal Schuman. This timely volume addresses the profound challenges of the post-truth world through the exploration of metaliteracy theory and practice from multiple disciplinary perspectives. An excerpt from the new book features the Foreword, written by Troy Swanson, MLIS, Ph.D., Department Chair Library Services, Moraine Valley Community College, the book’s Table of Contents, with the titles and authors of all nine chapters, and a snippet of the first chapter Empowering Metaliterate Learners for the Post-Truth World, by Tom Mackey. This framing chapter examines the emergence of post-truth terminology, explores several of the related issues that define post-truth circumstances, such as confirmation bias, false information, and personal privacy/information security, and also includes an expanded Metaliteracy Learner Characteristics figure and revised Metaliteracy Goals and Learning Objectives, both developed with Trudi Jacobson.
The themes examined in this latest metaliteracy book inform a SUNY Innovative Instruction Technology Grant (IITG) project by the Metaliteracy Learning Collaborative to develop an Open edX MOOC entitled Empowering Yourself in a Post-Truth World (to be offered in March 2019).
One of the metaliterate learner roles is Translator. Translation can be from one format to another, or from one audience to another. We often mean translation beyond that of language. But at the moment, language translation is on our minds.
We would very much like to make the revised April 2018 Metaliteracy Goals and Learning Objectives available to a broader set of readers and scholars. The concept of metaliteracy is global, and many of the works that discuss or are framed by metaliteracy have been published in a number of languages, including Spanish, Chinese, Portuguese, French, and more.
If you are interested in helping with this translation initiative, please contact Trudi Jacobson (tjacobson at albany.edu) and Tom Mackey (tom.mackey at esc.edu). We thank you for considering this request.
As part of SUNY’s Communities of Practice Fall Convening at SUNY Polytechnic Institute, Trudi Jacobson and Tom Mackey were invited to discuss the Innovative Instruction Technology Grants (IITGs) that funded several metaliteracy projects. This year’s event explored New Models for Enrollment, Retention & Completion (ERC) and emphasized cross-institutional collaborations. Tom and Trudi presented a poster about their work with the Metaliteracy Learning Collaborative and discussed their experience with the SUNY IITG program.
Trudi Jacobson and Tom Mackey co-authored a feature article entitled Why You Should Fight for Metaliteracy on Your Campus for the HigherEdJobs leadership newsletter. This publication is sent to approximately 40,000 subscribers at the executive level, including presidents, provosts, and deans. The article was written to support all educators interested in applying metaliteracy in a wide range of disciplines and institutional contexts to advance metaliterate learning. As Jacobson and Mackey (2018) argue in this new essay:
Metaliteracy provides a model for thinking and knowing in a social media age that is fraught with misleading and downright false information from a wide range of questionable sources. Metaliterate learners are developed across many academic disciplines through teaching and learning situations that promote self-direction, collaboration, participation, and metacognitive thinking. This approach requires us to work together and innovate, applying the metaliteracy goals and learning objectives, and supporting institutional partnerships among key stakeholders such as faculty, librarians, and instructional designers.
As noted in this essay, collaborative conversations among key stakeholders at the campus level are ideal to advance metaliteracy initiatives. If you have questions about how to get these conversations started or to share innovative programs already in place, feel free to reach out directly to Trudi Jacobson at firstname.lastname@example.org or Tom Mackey at Tom.Mackey@esc.edu.
In a program sponsored by the Albany Public Library, metaliteracy was discussed in a panel about Fake News and Real Teens: Problems and Possibility on Sunday, November 4. The event celebrated the start of Media Literacy Week and featured panelists Tom Mackey, Professor of Arts and Media, SUNY Empire State College, Amanda Fries, Times Union reporter, and Heather Kovar, CBS News anchor and reporter. This conversation among journalists, educators, and members of the local community explored how to deal with and arrive at solutions for false and misleading information online. Students from Youth FX, an Albany-based media arts program that empowers young people to produce digital films and media arts, also participated in the discussion and provided excellent insights throughout the event. Metaliteracy was examined as one of the ways to address the challenges of the post-truth world, a theme consistent with the forthcoming book by Mackey & Jacobson for ALA Publishing entitled Metaliterate Learning for the Post Truth World.