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.

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

Metaliteracy Webinar for ALA eLearning Series

In June we presented a webinar on metaliteracy for the ALA Editions eLearning series.  The slides are now available on Slideshare.  This presentation features several new pieces in support of our new book Metaliteracy: Reinventing Information Literacy to Empower Learners.

Video Recording of 2014 IL Summit Keynote

Thanks to Troy Swanson Department Chair and Teaching & Learning Librarian at Moraine Valley Community College for posting the video of our keynote Changing Models, Changing Emphases: The Evolution of Information Literacy at the 2014 IL Summit.  We enjoyed our time at the summit and appreciate this opportunity to share the video.

Metaliteracy Keynote at IL Summit

Last week we presented a collaborative keynote address at the IL Summit at Moraine Valley Community College in Illinois.  The conference was sponsored by DePaul University Library and Moraine Valley Community College Library and focused on the theme Into the Next Generation: The Future of Information Literacy.  We also presented a collaborative workshop entitled Designing Digital Badges to Generate Engaged Learning.  We enjoyed our time at the conference and greatly appreciated the opportunity to engage with all of the participants.  Our keynote examined Changing Models, Changing Emphases: The Evolution of Information Literacy and is available on SlideShare. 

Metaliteracy Book Published by ALA!

Metaliteracy: Reinventing Information Literacy to Empower Learners

New Metaliteracy Book

Our new co-authored book Metaliteracy: Reinventing Information Literacy to Empower Learners (April 2014) has been published by ALA Books/Neal-Schuman!  The book features seven chapters that range from theory to practice, expanding the concept of metaliteracy with an emphasis on metacognition, exploring current trends in social media, describing the learning objectives required to support metaliterate learners, and analyzing global trends in emerging literacies.  We also present the results of a preliminary survey about metaliteracy and related issues, and then close with two case studies from our own teaching in the classroom and online.  The book includes visual models of the metaliteracy framework and the metaliterate learner and several figures in support of our survey chapter.  Sheila A. Webber, Director of the Centre for Information Literacy Research at the Information School, Sheffield University wrote the Foreword to the book.  ALA is currently providing a sample of the book and Facet Publishing is distributing the book internationally.    The new publication is also available via Amazon and other online booksellers.  The official press release from ALA Publishing is available as well: Using Metaliteracy to Empower Learners.  We are excited about the new book and appreciate all of the interest that has been expressed in the metaliteracy model.  We look forward to continuing the conversation now that the book is officially available!  Feel free to post comments about the book via this blog or Twitter using #metaliteracy.  We will be discussing the book as part of our upcoming keynote presentations and can’t wait for the dialogue about these ideas!  -Tom and Trudi

NMC (New Media Consortium) Horizon Report 2014 for Higher Education and Metaliteracy

The NMC Horizon Report 2014 Higher Education Edition has been released, focusing on higher education technology adoption. In this document, they identify 

  • Key trends accelerating higher education technology adoption
  • Significant challenges impeding higher education technology adoption
  • Important developments in educational technology for higher education

Each category includes 6 items, divided into short-, mid-, and longer term time frames. As an example, the key trends that they identify in accelerating higher education technology adoption are:

     One to two years

          the growing ubiquity of social media

          integration of online, hybrid, and collaborative learning

     Three to five years

          rise of data driven learning and assessment

          shift from students as consumers to students as creators

     Five or more years

          agile approaches to change

          evolution of online learning

There are striking connections in this list to metaliteracy. Metaliterate learners will be prepared for, and able to succeed in, situations that develop as a part of these trends. 

The section on important developments in educational technology also includes issues that relate very strikingly to the metaliteracy badging system that is under development, including the flipped classroom (I’ve been using a number of the quests and challenges as outside work for my courses, and this strategy has radically changed both student reception and understanding of the material, and my ability to teach beyond basic concepts) and games and gamification. 

 

Metaliteracy Presentation Videos Now Available via ESC-TV

As part of our SUNY wide Conversations in the Disciplines event hosted at Empire State College, we recorded the keynote presentations and panels. These videos are now available via ESC-TV and include the morning keynote presentation by Tom Mackey and Trudi Jacobson, entitled Developing Metaliterate Learners: Transforming Literacy Across Disciplines.  We also feature the morning Reaction Panel with Richard Fogarty, Carleen Huxley, and Michael Youngs.  The afternoon sessions are also available, including the keynote presentation by Randy B. Hensley and Reaction Panel: Brian Morgan, Paige Jaeger, Tor Loney, Karen Mahar, Dave Brown, and Ashley Smolinski.  All of the videos are available at Metaliteracy Conference 2013.

Metaliteracy Discussed at Westchester Library Association Mid-Winter Conference 2014

Tom Mackey presented on the topic Promoting Access for All with Open and Online Learning at the Westchester Library Association Mid-Winter Conference at The Gateway Center at Westchester Community College.  The theme of this year’s conference explored distance education and also featured Linda Braun, youth services Manager for Seattle Public Library, and keynote speaker Joe Nocera, Op-Ed columnist for the New York Times and commentator for NPR’s Weekend Edition.  The one-day conference featured Linda Braun’s use of Google Hangouts, Tom Mackey’s discussion about open and online learning, MOOCs, OERs, and Metaliteracy and Joe Nocera’s keynote about digital privacy.   This is the complete PowerPoint presentation by Tom Mackey: