Date: Wednesday, June 1
Time: 9:00 – 10:00 a.m.
Location: Mitchell Hall Theater

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As a redefinition of information literacy, metaliteracy shifts the focus from consumer to producer of information, and from user to maker in collaborative makerspaces that are actual and virtual, networked, and social. Metaliteracy is a framework for learning that emphasizes metacognition and the production of original and repurposed information in a participatory and connected world. The metaliterate individual reflects on their own learning, expands quantitative and qualitative reasoning, and contributes to society in a productive and ethical manner as an engaged citizen. Metaliteracy supports our goals as educators to design curriculum that advances critical thinking, reading, writing and creating through multiple formats and settings.

This keynote will explore the theory of metaliteracy and illustrate practical applications in several projects developed by the Metaliteracy Learning Collaborative. This work includes three Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) and a competency-based digital badging system. This presentation will introduce the Metaliteracy Learning Goals and Objectives as a flexible, adaptable, and evolving resource, and highlight the influence of metaliteracy on the Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education.



Tom Mackey

Tom Mackey    
Vice Provost for Academic Programs, SUNY Empire State College

Thomas P. Mackey, Ph. D. is Vice Provost for Academic Programs at SUNY Empire State College. His academic and professional interests are focused on the collaborative development of metaliteracy.  He is interested in the connections to open learning, the design of innovative social spaces, and the critical engagement with emerging technologies. His partnership with Trudi Jacobson to originate the metaliteracy framework emphasizes the reflective learner as producer and participant in dynamic information environments. They co-authored the first article to define this model with Reframing Information Literacy as a Metaliteracy (2011) and followed that piece with their book Metaliteracy: Reinventing Information Literacy to Empower Learners (2014).  This team co-authored the essay Proposing a Metaliteracy Model to Redefine Information Literacy (2013) and a new co-edited book for ALA/Neal-Schuman entitled Metaliteracy in Practice (2016). Previously they co-edited several books on faculty-librarian collaboration and co-authored several articles about information literacy. Tom is part of the editorial team for Open Praxis, the open access peer-reviewed academic journal about open, distance and flexible education that is published by the International Council for Open and Distance Education (ICDE). He is also a member of the Advisory Board for Progressio: South African Journal for Open and Distance Learning Practice. Connect with Tom via LinkedIn and Twitter: @TomMackey.

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