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.
The SUNY wide Conference on Instruction and Technology (CIT 2014) recently published the presentation videos from this year’s event at Cornell University. We developed a presentation with colleagues from the University at Albany and Empire State College based on last year’s Metaliteracy MOOC. This video features Michele Forte, Nicola Allain, Jenna Pitera and Tom Mackey (Trudi Jacobson was presenting a keynote at the Cornell University Library the same week). Here’s the link to the video now available via the CIT2014 site: Metaliteracy in Practice: Strengthening Learning Through a Connectivist MOOC. Tom Mackey was also part of a featured panel presentation about MOOCs with SUNY colleagues from Stony Brook who developed a Coursera MOOC. This was an excellent chance to discuss our connectivist MOOC in comparison with a Coursera MOOC. The video for this panel presentation is also available: Beyond the Front Row Experience: Blending a University Course with a MOOC. The keynote speaker for the conference was Daphe Koller from Coursera: The Online Revolution: Learning without Limits. Toward the end of Daphne Koller’s keynote, look for questions from Betty Hurley and Nicola Allain from Empire State College and Jenna Pitera from the University at Albany.
We enjoyed presenting this year’s keynote at the Connecticut Information Literacy Conference sponsored by the Connecticut Library Association. This year’s conference explored Our New Frontier: Metaliteracy, Threshold Concepts, New Standards, and Other Wild Ideas and our keynote addressed Crossing the Threshold: Envisioning Information Literacy through the Lens of Metaliteracy. We were thrilled that metaliteracy was a key part of this year’s theme and we appreciated all of the great conversations! Trudi Jacobson also presented an afternoon breakout session “Threshold Concepts: Exploring the Potential and the Challenges for Information Literacy Instruction” based on her work as co-chair of the ACRL Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education Task Force.
Last week, we discussed our connectivist Metaliteracy MOOC at SUNY’s CIT2014 at Cornell University. The presentation entitled Metaliteracy in Practice: Strengthening Learning Through a Connectivist MOOC featured Tom Mackey, Michele Forte, Jenna Pitera, and Nicola Allain. Trudi Jacobson presented a keynote about her work with the ACRL Task Force during the same week at the Cornell University Library and contributed previously. This was a great opportunity to reflect on our Metaliteracy MOOC based on the unique features of the connectivist format, including our collaborative and participatory news feeds (powered by the gRSShopper programming developed by Stephen Downes) and interactive MOOC Talks using Blackboard Collaborate.