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The Metaliteracy Learning Collaborative includes Trudi Jacobson, Tom Mackey, and Kelsey O'Brien..

Metaliteracy in a Connected World Book Published by ALA Publishing!

The new book co-authored by Thomas P. Mackey and Trudi E. Jacobson entitled Metaliteracy in a Connected World: Developing Learners as Producers has been published by ALA Neal Schuman! The idea of learner as producer is foundational to the metaliteracy framework and is explored in depth in this new publication.

The book’s Foreword is written by Jako Olivier, UNESCO Chair on Multimodal Learning, and OER Professor in Multimodal Learning, North-West University, South Africa.

According to the press release from ALA Publishing, the new metaliteracy book “offers an overview of the development of the metaliterate producer through metaliteracy’s goals, learning objectives, learning domains, active learner roles, and associated characteristics” and “explores the ways in which metaliteracy provides scaffolding for open pedagogical settings, encouraging students to understand and embrace their active roles,” among other highlights.

The new book examines metaliteracy in relation to such timely and relevant themes as self-directed learning, multimodality, open pedagogy, digital citizenship, and developing a growth mindset. Metaliteracy in a Connected World is organized into six related chapters:

Chapter 1: Metaliteracy for Empowering Learners as Producers

Chapter 2: Engaging Metaliterate Producers through Multimodal Learning

Chapter 3: Metaliteracy and Open Pedagogy

Chapter 4: Developing Metaliterate Producers Using Open Pedagogy

Chapter 5: Designing an Online Metaliteracy Course to Engage Informed Producers

Chapter 6: Developing Productive Metaliterate Citizens with Growth Mindsets

This is the fourth book about metaliteracy and presents a fully realized model that has developed considerably since we first introduced the concept in 2011. We look forward to your feedback and welcome the opportunity to engage with audiences about the themes examined in each chapter!

Tom and Trudi

Connecting Metaliteracy and the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy

Visualizations, whether figures, graphs, or charts, can convey meaning and explore connections in a vivid manner, A recent book edited by Jannette L. Finch, Envisioning the Framework: A Graphic Guide to Information Literacy (ACRL, 2021) contains chapters that provide a variety of visualizations of the ACRL Frameworik for Information Literacy for Higher Education (ACRL 2105) One of the chapters, Visualizing the Convergence of Metaliteracy and the Information Literacy Framework is written by Trudi Jacobson, Tom Mackey, and Kelsey O’Brien. The chapter delves into specifics that help to show how metaliteracy influenced the Framework. It includes this visualization that allows readers to see at a glance where metaliteracy’s characteristics and the Framework’s dispositions align.

Metaliteracy Discussed on The Academic Minute—Again!

Trudi Jacobson is featured on a segment for NPR’s The Academic Minute that was first presented on December 15, 2021: Renewable Assignments, Wikipedia, and Metaliteracy.

In this new segment, Trudi discusses the value of renewable assignments, i.e., assignments in which students create content that is useful to others, not meant simply for their professors’ eyes alone. Such assignments help individuals to become metaliterate learners and responsible digital citizens. Her example involves editing content in Wikipedia and the important scaffolding that metaliteracy can provide. If you get a chance, listen (or read it, the text is provided). The Academic Minute is produced for NPR by our local WAMC public radio station.

This is the second time metaliteracy has been featured on the program. Tom Mackey’s segment, Metaliterate Learners, aired on May 18, 2020.

Metaliteracy Essay Published in SUNY Empire’s All About Mentoring 50th Anniversary Edition

A new metaliteracy essay by Tom Mackey entitled “Translating a Blended Cyprus Residency Study in the Digital Arts to Online” is featured in the latest edition of All About Mentoring (Issue 55 Autumn 2021, pp. 37-42) published by SUNY Empire State College.

The article explores how metaliteracy informed the design of a course entitled Ethics of Digital Art and Design for the international Cyprus Residency offered in the summer of 2019 (see class photo). The development of the residency study as an online course for the Digital Arts curriculum at SUNY Empire State College is explored as well.

A discussion of Linkr Education and how it is incorporated in the online version is provided. Metaliterate learners develop professional profiles and produce multimedia publications about course themes in the Linkr Education learning environment.

The application of metaliteracy in both learning experiences is central to the course description, learning outcomes, and learning activities. The relationship between each course is examined and practical insights are provided about how to embed metaliteracy into learning design in multimodal settings.

Metaliteracy Keynote at Information Literacy and Democracy Conference 2021

Metaliteracy was featured as part of the Information Literacy and Democracy Conference (IDESA 2021) supported by the Faculty of Political Sciences, University of Sarajevo. Trudi Jacobson and Tom Mackey presented Developing Metaliterate Learners to Advance Democratic Ideals as the keynote for the event. A recording of the entire conference is available via YouTube and the metaliteracy presentation starts at 4:47:00.

The conference also featured  Emir Vajzović and Mario Hibert from the University of Sarajevo, and Thomas Mandl from the University of Hildesheim in Germany. In addition, Joachim Griesbaum and Theresia Woltermann from the University of Hildesheim, Institute of Information Science and Language presented on the Intercultural Perspectives on Information Literacy and Metaliteracy course that Tom and Trudi have also been involved with. The conference included special guest Dr. Alton Grizzle, Program Specialist – Section for Media and Information Literacy and Media Development; Communication and Information Sector, UNESCO, Paris, France, who presented “Media and Information Literate Citizens: Thinking Critically, Think Wisely.”

We look forward to any feedback you have about our keynote!

Tom and Trudi

Metaliteracy, Self-Directed Learning, and Assessment

Trudi Jacobson, Tom Mackey and Jako Olivier (UNESCO Chair on Multi-Modal Learning and Open Educational Resources, and Professor at North-West University) co-authored a chapter in a recent open-access volume, Learning Through Assessment: An Approach Towards Self-Directed Learning. The book was edited by Elsa Mentz and Anitia Lubbe, and is a part of the NWU Self-directed Learning Series.

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Learning Through Assessment (2021)

The chapter by Trudi, Tom and Jako is entitled “Aligning Metaliteracy with Self-directed Learning to Expand Assessment Opportunities,”

The chapter’s abstract:

Metaliteracy is a holistic model that emphasises information-related knowledge attainment whilst challenging individuals to take charge of their learning strategies and goals. It prepares learners to become informed consumers and responsible producers of information. Metacognition is a core concept in metaliteracy, just as it is in self-directed learning (SDL) and in methods of assessment appropriate to SDL, such as Assessment as Learning (AaL) and Assessment for Learning (AfL). This congruence provides clear avenues for using metaliteracy’s framework in ways that support SDL. The first part of the chapter explores metaliteracy and its connections with SDL and assessment. The remainder of the chapter provides two examples of how the intersection of metaliteracy, SDL and assessment might be addressed in practice. These case studies provide additional and practical connections that might suggest applications in other settings. The first section explores a comprehensive metaliteracy digital badging system that is designed to advance SDL, with a focus on how the self-directed unit from this system was adapted for use in an open textbook. The final section of the chapter provides an example of how an online undergraduate course intertwines metaliteracy, information literacyand editing on Wikipedia, exemplifying principles of SDL and providingexamples of AaL and AfL. (p. 72)

We look forward to furthering our investigations into the connections between metaliteracy and self-directed learning.

Information Has Value: Engaging Students as Wikipedia Editors

Trudi and Jackson Grey, a student in her fall 2021 Information Literacy in the Humanities and Fine Arts course, presented at the virtual 2021 WikiConference North America in October. This course uses a combination of the Wiki Education program, metaliteracy, and frames from the ACRL Information Literacy Framework for Higher Education to encourage students to see themselves as ethical and responsible information producers.

The Wiki Education program provides excellent training for novice Wikipedia editors, but a conceptual understanding of the value of information, as well as scaffolding to recognize themselves as information producers, can provide a rich underpinning for this new set of skills, a background that will help them to see the value of their contributions, and encourage them to continue as metaliterate Wikipedia editors.

Jackson, a senior at the University at Albany majoring in philosophy, provided a student’s viewpoint in such a learning situation where It is possible to share growing knowledge in a field of study. He also explored the differing values of information, inherent vs. as a means to an end, and the disconnect between the availability of information and its importance.

The presentation is available on YouTube as part of a day of programs. It starts at 6:05, and this link is set to start at that point.

Portuguese Translation of the First Metaliteracy Book is Published Online

Metaletramento (Metaliteracy) is available online! 

The full-text version of Metaletramento is presented as an open and fully online resource at: http://www.valentim.bsb.br/metaletramento/. This dynamic site features an interactive Table of Contents, annotation tools, QR code, and link to the virtual presentation entitled Metaliteracy and the Perspectives of Information Science in the Digital Age. This roundtable discussion celebrated the publication of book and took place at the XXI National Meeting of Research and Postgraduate Studies in Information Science (ENANCIB 2021) – Brazil  This Portuguese translation of the first metaliteracy book by Tom Mackey and Trudi Jacobson was supported by The Brazilian Institute of Information in Science and Technology (IBICT), Research Unit of the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MCTI) in partnership with UNESCO and ALA/Neal-Schuman Publishing. Thanks to Helda Pinheiro and Dr. Cecília Leite, Director of Ibict, and the Faculty of Information Science at the University of Brasília.

Presentation to Launch the Publication of Portuguese Translation of the first Metaliteracy Book

In a virtual roundtable to launch the Portuguese translation of the first metaliteracy book, Metaletramento (Metaliteracy), Tom Mackey and Trudi Jacobson presented Metaliteracy and the Perspectives of Information Science in the Digital Age (this is the full presentation with Portuguese translation via YouTube). This discussion was part of the XXI National Meeting of Research and Postgraduate Studies in Information Science (ENANCIB 2021) – Brazil and supported by The Brazilian Institute of Information in Science and Technology (Ibict), Research Unit of the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MCTI).

Thanks to Helda Pinheiro, Dr. Cecília Leite, Director of Ibict, and the Faculty of Information Science at the University of Brasília for the invitation to present.

Trudi and Tom

Portuguese Translation of the First Metaliteracy Book is Published!

The first metaliteracy book, Metaliteracy: Reinventing Information Literacy to Empower Learners, written by Tom Mackey and Trudi Jacobson (2014) has been translated into Portuguese. This is the first-ever translation of an entire metaliteracy book. The Brazilian Institute of Information in Science and Technology (ibict), Research Unit of the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MCTI), in partnership with UNESCO and ALA/Neal-Schuman Publishing has published this Portuguese translation. Special thanks to Helda Pinheiro and to Dr. Cecília Leite, Director of Ibict, for her enormous support in translating the book, as well as the Faculty of Information Science at the University of Brasília. Thanks to everyone at ALA/Neal-Schuman Publishing as well.

Metaletramento