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This keynote at the University of Delaware's Faculty Summer Institute 2016 explored the theory of metaliteracy while illustrating practical applications in several projects developed by the Metaliteracy Learning Collaborative. This work included three Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) and a competency-based digital badging system. This presentation examined the Metaliteracy Learning Goals and Objectives as a flexible, adaptable, and evolving resource, and highlighted the influence of metaliteracy on the Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education.
As a redefinition and reinvention of information literacy, metaliteracy is a framework for learning that emphasizes metacognition and the production of original and repurposed information in a participatory and connected world. 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. Today’s complex information environments require an overarching literacy that emphasizes a comprehensive set of competencies to engage learners with a wide range of forms that are textual, aural, visual, virtual, digital, social, and technology mediated. The metaliterate learner has the ability to constantly reflect on social learning, expanding quantitative and qualitative reasoning, while engaging as an informed citizen capable of contributing to these spaces and to society in a productive and ethical manner. Metaliteracy supports our goals as educators to design curriculum that advances critical thinking, reading, writing, and creating, through multiple formats and settings.