This site is designed to provide information about the concept of metaliteracy. It also highlights work that is being done in connection with metaliteracy by a group of PIs awarded several SUNY IITGs (Innovative Instruction Technology Grants). The 2012 grant was titled Developing a SUNY-wide Transliteracy Learning Collaborative to Promote Information and Technology Collaboration. (We decided since naming it that metaliteracy better informs the work that we are doing.) The 2014 grant is Designing Innovative Online Learning: Integrating a Coursera MOOC with Open SUNY Badging. And the third, awarded in 2016, is Scaling the Metaliteracy Badging System for Open SUNY: Collaborative Customization for Teacher Education Programs.While the earlier grants have ended, projects developed as a result of the funding continue.
“Metaliteracy promotes critical thinking and collaboration in a digital age, providing a comprehensive framework to effectively participate in social media and online communities. It is a unified construct that supports the acquisition, production, and sharing of knowledge in collaborative online communities. Metaliteracy challenges traditional skills-based approaches to information literacy by recognizing related literacy types and incorporating emerging technologies. Standard definitions of information literacy are insufficient for the revolutionary social technologies currently prevalent online,” as described in “Reframing Information Literacy as a Metaliteracy,” an article by Thomas P. Mackey and Trudi E. Jacobson, which was published in the January 2011 issue of College & Research Libraries.