Metaliteracy: Reinventing information literacy to empower learners

For Immediate Release
Tue, 12/30/2014


Dan Freeman

eLearning Manager

ALA Publishing

ALA Publishing

CHICAGO — ALA Editions announces a new facilitated eCourse Metaliteracy: Reinventing Information Literacy to Empower Learners. Trudi Jacobson and Thomas Mackey will serve as the instructors for a four-week facilitated eCourse starting on Jan. 5, 2015.

In this eCourse, Trudi Jacobson and Thomas Mackey, authors of the book "Metaliteracy: Reinventing Information Literacy to Empower Learners," will cover everything that you need to know about metaliteracy—from theory to practice.

Jacobson and Mackey will show you how to expand the scope of traditional information skills to include the collaborative production and sharing of information in the participatory digital environments which are prevalent today.  They will also offer you several real-world examples of how metaliteracy can be applied to your teaching practices, both in the classroom and online.

Each week of the course will include an optional live session. These sessions will take place from noon - 1 p.m. Eastern on:

  • Monday, Jan. 5
  • Monday, Jan. 12
  • Thursday, Jan. 22
  • Friday, Jan. 30

Please note that all sessions will be recorded and archived for those who cannot attend the live events. 

After completing this eCourse, you will be able to:

  • identify the major pieces of the metaliteracy framework;
  • reflect on individual and peer opinions about metaliteracy components;
  • describe options for how to teach metaliteracy;
  • identify connections between metaliteracy and the ACRL Information Literacy Framework;
  • adapt instruction using metaliteracy learning objectives;
  • analyze how metaliteracy informs instructional practices;
  • understand competency-based digital badging;
  • revise or create new assignments based on metaliteracy.

eCourse outline

Week 1: Why metaliteracy? How does it differ from information literacy? What are metaliteracy’s goals and learning objectives?

Learning Objectives

After this week, you will be able to:

  • identify the major pieces of the metaliteracy framework;
  • reflect on individual and peer opinions about metaliteracy components;
  • analyze metaliteracy learning objectives;
  • engage in informed discussion about metaliteracy’s goals and objectives;
  • apply metaliteracy in digital badging quest.

Live Session:  Mackey will discuss the genesis of metaliteracy and its need in today’s collaborative, open, online environment, and Jacobson will explain the development of the metaliteracy learning objectives.

Week 2: The changing nature of literacy in today’s participatory information culture

Learning Objectives

After this week, you will be able to:

  • examine the impact of social media and participatory culture on student perceptions of their roles in these environments;
  • understand the role that metaliteracy plays in how students perceive themselves as active participants;
  • recognize and evaluate multiple options for teaching metaliteracy;
  • analyze competency-based digital badging;
  • apply metaliteracy in the design of a competency-based digital badging quest.

Week 3:  Metaliteracy in practice

Learning Objectives

After this week, you will be able to:

  • analyze connections between metaliteracy and the ACRL Information Literacy Framework;
  • compare and contrast metaliteracy and information literacy;
  • apply new knowledge about metaliteracy to envision changes to your teaching;
  • analyze metaliteracy learning objectives and apply in instructional setting;
  • revise or create new assignment based on metaliteracy.

Live Session: Jacobson and Mackey will provide you with a short introduction to this week’s topic.

Week 4:  Putting it all together

Learning Objectives

After this week, you will be able to:

  • demonstrate your understanding of metaliteracy by successfully adapting existing instruction using metaliteracy learning objectives;
  • recognize differences between metaliteracy and information literacy;
  • evaluate the impact of metaliteracy on teaching practices;
  • apply metaliteracy in teaching;
  • synthesize the theory and practice of metaliteracy.

Live Session:  Closing remarks

About the Instructors

Thomas P. Mackey, PhD, is Interim Vice Provost at SUNY Empire State College in Saratoga Springs, New York. His teaching and research interests include metaliteracy, information literacy, blended, open, and online learning, and social media. He has co-developed a Metaliteracy MOOC with Jacobson and others, is a member of the editorial team for Open Praxis, the international scholarly journal about research and innovation in open, distance, and flexible education, and is a member of the SUNY Faculty Advisory Council on Teaching and Technology and the SUNY Learning Network Advisory Council. He is the co-editor, with Jacobson, of five books about faculty-librarian collaboration and the author of numerous research articles.

Trudi E. Jacobson, MLS, MA, is distinguished librarian and head of the Information Literacy Department at the University at Albany, SUNY, where she teaches undergraduate information literacy courses. Her interests include the use of critical thinking and active learning activities in the classroom, and she was the principal investigator for a recent SUNY Innovative Instruction Technology Grant that created the Metaliteracy Learning Collaborative. She is the co-author, with Lijuan Xu, of "Motivating Students in Information Literacy Classes"; co-editor, with Mackey, of five volumes that explore information literacy–related collaborations between faculty and librarians; and author of many published articles. She won the 2009 Association of College and Research Libraries Instruction Section’s Miriam Dudley Instruction Librarian Award.

Registration for this ALA Editions facilitated eCourse, which begins on Jan. 5, can be purchased at the ALA Store. Participants in this course will need regular access to a computer with an internet connection for online message board participation, viewing online video, listening to streaming audio (MP3 files), and downloading and viewing PDF and PowerPoint files.

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