On-Demand Version of Coursera Metaliteracy MOOC Launches in December 2016!

We are set to launch an on-demand version of our Cousera Metaliteracy MOOC entitled Metaliteracy: Empowering Yourself in a Connected World in December 2016! If you missed this MOOC the first time around or would like to discover this course for your own learning or as a resource for instruction, register now for this on-demand version taught by  Tom Mackey, Trudi Jacobson, Kelsey O’Brien, Michele Forte, and Allyson Kaczmarek.  This course will provide a dynamic exploration of metaliteracy through videos, animations, interviews, readings, and digital images, all developed by members of the metaliteracy learning collaborative from two schools within the State University of New York (SUNY), The University at Albany and Empire State College. Learners will participate in peer assessments and contribute to online discussions related to such topics as the metaliteracy model, creating and sharing information, understanding intellectual property and the ethical use of information, understanding how information is packaged and shared, participating as a global contributor, creating and curating information, and developing metacognitive reflection.  While this course is focused primarily on metaliteracy, learners and teachers should also explore this MOOC as a way to support information literacy and related literacies such as digital literacy and media literacy.  Register now for our December launch. Special thanks to Kelsey O’Brien for working closely with Coursera and our UAlbany/ESC team to transition the first version of this course into the on-demand format!

 

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. 

 

Understanding metaliteracy

“Social media environments and online communities are innovative collaborative technologies that challenge traditional definitions of information literacy. Metaliteracy is an overarching and self-referential framework that integrates emerging technologies and unifies multiple literacy types. This redefinition of information literacy expands the scope of generally understood information competencies and places a particular emphasis on producing and sharing information in participatory digital environments.”

Mackey, Thomas P., and Trudi E. Jacobson. “Reframing Information Literacy as a Metaliteracy.” College & Research Libraries. 72.1 (2011): 62-78.