Thomas P. Mackey and Trudi E. Jacobson | State University of New York, USA
This video is part of the session »Advancing Democratic Dialogue by Applying Metaliteracy in Teaching Praxis« in the conference on »Information Literacy and Democracy« 19th and 20thJune 2020.
The live session takes places on June 19th at 5.30 p.m. Central European Summer Time (CEST). If you want to join the live session, please send us an e-mail to infodem (at) uni-hildesheim.de.
In our post-truth world, misinformation, disinformation, and confirmation bias are a threat to democracy and democratic ideals (Weinburg et al., 2016) . These challenges have been exacerbated by COVID-19, a global pandemic that reinforces the urgent need for accurate and reliable information that is literally life-saving in this environment. The current crisis has moved teaching and learning online, requiring instructors to quickly adapt to online and remote teaching. The resulting conflagration requires a pedagogical model that promotes the creation and sharing of truthful and trusted information, and the application of quality open educational resources (OER) for advancing these principles as part of a community of inquiry (Gibson & Jacobson, 2018) among teachers and learners.
Metaliteracy reframes and reinvents information literacy for teaching and learning by emphasizing metacognition and empowering learners to be collaborative and ethical producers of information (Jacobson & Mackey, 2013; T. P. Mackey & Jacobson, 2011, 2014). Metaliteracy encourages learners to engage with information and expand their learning through domains beyond simply the cognitive. The affective, behavioral, and, particularly, the metacognitive
domain are all crucial for individuals who need to navigate the fraught information environment, as either a consumer or as a producer, while considering how their own beliefs impact this process. Metaliterate learners begin to consider themselves in a variety of productive and responsible learner roles and to assume key metaliteracy characteristics that encourage responsible citizenship and further democratic society. This poster presentation will show how the theory of metaliteracy and adaptation of metaliteracy OER advances democratic dialogue and inquiry using a range of teaching practices, including online learning environments. These resources, developed by the Metaliteracy Learning
Collaborative, led by the two poster presenters, Mackey and Jacobson, apply the core components of the metaliteracy model. This talk will show how theory informs practice and will feature specific examples of Metaliteracy OER including the Coursera Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) Empowering Yourself in a Post-Truth World, content developed for a digital badging system, interactive learning objects, videos, adaptable goals and learning objectives, and a Lumen Learning module that prepares individuals for the college environment. The video will be provocative in encouraging viewers to determine how these OER might meet the needs of learners they work with.
About the speakers
Thomas P. Mackey, Ph.D. is Professor in the Department of Arts and Media, School of Arts and Humanities at SUNY Empire State College. His research and publications examine metaliteracy, a model he originated with Trudi E. Jacobson, as an empowering pedagogical framework for reflective teaching and learning. Most recently, Tom authored the framing chapter “Empowering Metaliterate Learners for the Post-Truth World” for their third metaliteracy book
entitled Metaliterate Learning for the Post-Truth World. He has been invited to keynote on metaliteracy both nationally and internationally and has published several books, peer-reviewed articles, and conference proceedings about his research in this area. Tom teaches courses in Information Design, History and Theory of New Media, Digital Storytelling, and Educational Planning. He developed and taught the blended study Ethics of Digital Art and Design for the
2019 Cyprus Residency. Through his work with the Metaliteracy Learning Collaborative he has developed several grant-funded Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) including two using the Coursera platform: Metaliteracy: Empowering Yourself in a Connected World and Empowering Yourself in a Post-Truth World. Tom served as an administrator at SUNY Empire State College for ten years as Associate Dean and Dean of the Center for Distance Learning
(CDL), and in senior management roles as Vice Provost for Academic Programs and Interim Provost. You can contact Tom at Tom.Mackey [at] esc.edu
Trudi E. Jacobson, Distinguished Librarian, is the Head of the Information Literacy Department at the University at Albany Libraries. Her scholarly interests involve metaliteracy, including digital badging for metaliteracy abilities, and open pedagogy. She has recently become involved in editing Wikipedia and Wikidata, and participates through her information literacy courses in the Wiki Education student editing program. Her most recent books include Metaliteracy: Reinventing Information Literacy to Empower Learners , written with Tom Mackey (2014), Metaliteracy in Practice (2016) and Metaliterate Learning for the Post-truth World (2019), both co-edited with Tom Mackey, and Teaching with Digital Badges (2018), co-edited with Kelsey O’Brien. She has written numerous scholarly articles, co-created four massive open online courses (MOOCs) the iSucceed Metaliteracy learning module, and contributed to several other
substantive online learning resources. She and Tom Mackey are currently writing a new book, Metaliterate Learner as Producer (ALA/Neal-Schuman, 2021), for which she wrote a chapter on metaliteracy as scaffolding for open pedagogy. Trudi co-chaired the national ACRL Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education Task Force from 2013-2015, whose work resulted in the Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education. You can contact Trudi
at tjacobson [at] albany.edu
- Gibson, C., & Jacobson, T. E. (2018). Habits of Mind in an Uncertain Information World. Reference & User Services Quarterly , 57 (3), 183. https://doi.org/10.5860/rusq.57.3.6603
- Jacobson, T. E., & Mackey, T. P. (2013). Proposing a Metaliteracy Model to Redefine Information Literacy. Communications in Information Literacy , 7 (2), 84–91. https://doi.org/10.7548/cil.v7i2.255
- Mackey, T. P., & Jacobson, T. E. (2011). Reframing Information Literacy as a Metaliteracy. College & Research Libraries , 72 (1), 62–78. https://doi.org/10.5860/crl-76r1
- Mackey, T. P., & Jacobson, T. E. (2014). Metaliteracy: Reinventing Information to Empower Learners . Neal-Schuman.
- Weinburg, S., McGrew, S., Breakstone, J., & Ortega, T. (2016). Evaluating Information: The Cornerstone of Civic Online Reasoning. https://purl.stanford.edu/fv751yt5934
You are cordially invited to discuss here. In this way, it is possible to provide feedback and pose statements and questions even before the live event.