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Learning Contract:

    Topic:               Metaliteracy MOOC
    Credits:            2
    Term:               2013 Fall
    Course:           UAlbany: UUNL300x and Empire State College IS (LOI)
    Tutors:             Trudi E. Jacobson and Tom Mackey
In collaboration with Empire State College and the University at Albany, this is a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) that examines metaliteracy as a comprehensive approach to information literacy in the social media age.  Metaliteracy provides a metacognitive perspective that empowers learners to produce and share information in participatory social media environments. It also introduces an overarching framework for related literacy types, such as visual literacy, digital literacy, and media literacy, in connection to an expanded metaliteracy structure. As a metaliteracy MOOC this learning experience will be collaboratively produced and delivered by scholars from around the world with expertise in emerging literacies. These terms will be discussed within a metaliteracy viewpoint that unifies complementary approaches to literacy with a self-empowering metacognitive perspective.  Learners will engage in an open online environment using some of the online resources that have inspired metaliteracy, including blogs, video conferencing, twitter, online discussions, and collaborative online communities. 
According to the formal definition of metaliteracy, this framework is “a unified construct that supports the acquisition, production, and sharing of knowledge in collaborative online communities” (Mackey and Jacobson, 2011, p. 62).  This MOOC will present metaliteracy as an evolving concept while exploring the participatory dimension of producing and sharing information in today’s social media, open, and networked environments.  Participants will critically evaluate the theories presented, while exploring the practice of emerging technologies and metaliteracy in relation to 21st century learning.  Discussions will involve a critical analysis of trends in social media and social networking, Open Educational Resources (OERs), as well as open and online learning, such as the MOOC format itself. 
The Metaliteracy MOOC will include presentations by experts in the field and will be open to students at the University at Albany, Empire State College, and the world, as an open learning experience.
Upon completion of this course, learners should have a critical and informed understanding and ability related to the following:
Comprehension and analysis of the theoretical constructs required to understand the emerging literacy frameworks that integrate or expand information literacy including metaliteracy, transliteracy, and UNESCO’s Media and Information Literacy (MIL);
Ability to apply the acquired knowledge in order to learn about the differences among related literacy types (information literacy, media literacy, digital literacy, visual literacy) as well as the connections that unite literacies (transliteracy and metaliteracy);
Acquisition of the background knowledge and historical context required for a better understanding of emerging literacy frameworks;
Ability to understand and apply the core metaliteracy learning goals, including the following (the complete set of learning goals and objectives are available at: http://metaliteracy.org/learning-objectives/
·         Evaluate content critically, including dynamic, online content that changes and evolves, such as article preprints, blogs, and wikis
·         Understand personal privacy, information ethics, and intellectual property issues in changing technology environments
·         Share information and collaborate in a variety of participatory environments
·         Demonstrate ability to connect learning and research strategies with lifelong learning processes and personal, academic, and professional goals.
Students will be engaged in the following learning activities: 
·         Attending MOOC presentations online (either synchronous or asynchronous modes),
·         Participating in online class discussions, 
·         Creating and maintaining a blog 
·         Completing and evaluating readings, and 
·         Participating in other assignments as assigned, including a team project.
Required Readings: 
Mackey, T. P., and T. E. Jacobson. (2011). Reframing information literacy as a metaliteracy. College & Research Libraries, 72(1), 62-78. Retrieved from http://crl.acrl.org/content/72/1/62.full.pdf+html
Mackey, T. P. (2011).Transparency as a catalyst for interaction and participation in open learning environments.First Monday,16(10). Retrieved from http://firstmonday.org/ojs/index.php/fm/article/view/3333/3070
Siemens, G. (2004). “Connectivism: a learning theory for the digital age.” Retrieved from http://www.elearnspace.org/Articles/connectivism.htm
Thomas, S. et al. (2007). Transliteracy: crossing divides. First Monday,12(12). Retrieved from http://firstmonday.org/ojs/index.php/fm/article/view/2060/1908
Other readings and online resources will be assigned by MOOC presenters.
For learners completing this MOOC for credit, the methods and criteria of evaluation will be based on the following:
a)    Methods:  Evaluation will be based on:
a.    class participation on a regular basis (30%); 
b.    blog postings (35%), 
c.    team projects (35%),
b) Criteria:The criteria of evaluation will be based on how well the student has              fulfilled the projected learning outcomes established for the course. 
The formative assessment will be based on the elements below.  Rubrics will be provided for each category of assignment, and students will receive ongoing feedback. 
Assignment and activity details
Class participation: This will be measured by participation in MOOC Talk discussions (synchronous and asynchronous options available), assignments using Web-based applications, the exploration of new technologies, and responses on the blogs of other students in the course.  As part of the MOOC Talks, each student will prepare a thoughtful question for each of the MOOC speakers based on the readings (send your questions to your instructor in advance).  
Blog postings: Each student will create and maintain a blog connected to the topics raised in this course. At least one blog posting for every MOOC Talk, and additional postings reflecting on the MOOC learning experience, and the exploration of new technologies as they relate to metaliteracy.
Team project:
·         Teams will produce a metaliteracy-related creative, intellectual product that will be considered for actual use, in whole or in part. The options include:
o   A Wikipedia entry for metaliteracy
o   A content-related quest for the metaliteracy badging system
o   A community badge for the metaliteracy badging system
o   An alternative item defined by the student team (run the idea by instructor); translating learning from the course into a creative product that might be linked to metaliteracy.org
MOOC SCHEDULE: MOOC Talks Wednesday at noon Eastern time, unless otherwise arranged
Week of August 26
       University at Albany UUNL300x Sections Meet
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