Metaliteracy is an overarching framework that builds upon information literacy, but adds new components, or places a greater emphasis on certain elements. Metaliteracy prepares “learners to engage in the information environment as active, self-reflective, and critical contributors to the collaborative spaces” that characterize our social media age (Metaliteracy 2014, p.14). Metaliteracy also emphasizes metacognition, or thinking about one’s own thinking. Metaliterate individuals continually reflect on their roles of learners and producers in today’s information-rich, participatory, collaborative environment, spurring further learning and development.
Learn more about metaliteracy
Tom Mackey and I have written several articles and a book on the topic.
Reframing Information Literacy as a Metaliteracy, a 2011 article in College & Research Libraries, introduced metaliteracy that introduced metaliteracy.
Metaliteracy: Reinventing Information Literacy to Empower Learners (Neal-Schuman, 2014) expands greatly upon the metaliteracy model, and provides practical examples of its use in courses. Available both in print and as an e-book.
Proposing a Metaliteracy Model to Redefine Information Literacy, a 2013 article in Communications in Information Literacy, provides expanded details about the seven elements that outlined metaliteracy in practice, from our 2011 article.
Our newest book is the co-edited Metaliteracy in Practice (ALA Neal-Schuman, 2016), which includes 9 chapters that provide a range of innovative ideas on how metaliteracy is being taught. . Read an excerpt from the book.
Metaliteracy articles in The Conversation
How Can We Learn to Reject Fake News in the Digital World (December 5, 2016)
Explore metaliteracy open learning initiatives
As a part of the Metaliteracy Learning Collaborative (currently Tom Mackey, Kelsey O’Brien, Michele Forte, and Allison Hosier; previous members included Kathleen Stone, Jenna Pitera, Mark McBride, and Michael Daly), I have been involved in several open education learning opportunities connected with metaliteracy.
Canvas MOOC Empowering Yourself as a Digital Citizen
Coursera MOOC Metaliteracy: Empowering Yourself in a Connected World
cMOOC (Connectivist MOOC) Metaliteracy MOOC