Metaliteracy: Empowering Yourself in a Connected World

This course will prepare participants to be active digital citizens who locate and evaluate information in 21st century social environments, including Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), while making individual and collaborative contributions to these spaces as self-reflective and empowered learners.

About The Course

This course prepares learners to empower themselves through metaliteracy in a connected world. Metaliteracy promotes critical thinking and self-reflection to consume, create, and share information with others.  Participants will learn how to critically navigate, evaluate and produce information in open, online, and social media settings through videos, readings, discussions, and learning activities that promote metaliteracy competencies.  

Metaliteracy is an empowering idea because it encourages individuals to be active and self-reflective participants in today’s expanding information environments.  It is relevant to lifelong learners seeking new ways to gain knowledge in social settings, college students interested in expanding research competencies, and professionals pursuing effective strategies for engaging with interactive social media in the workplace.  This approach is relevant to anyone who wants to be an informed consumer of digital information and active contributor to social settings mediated by technology.  It is invaluable to learners in a variety of fields and disciplines that involve evaluating and managing information.  Metaliteracy is also relevant to anyone in the workplace who wants to improve the ability to search, evaluate, produce, and distribute information.  This approach supports college students who want to expand their critical thinking capabilities through research, writing, and adaptation to emerging technologies.  It is also relevant to anyone taking a MOOC or pursuing social learning opportunities because it empowers users to be active and engaged digital citizens.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Will I get a Statement of Accomplishment upon completing this course?

Yes. A Statement of Accomplishment will be awarded to students who successfully complete the course with a passing score of 70%. A Statement of Accomplishment with Distinction will be awarded to those who earn at least a 90% for the course. 

Will I get a Verified Certificate for completing this course?

No, the Signature Track is not being offered for this course. Students who successfully complete the course will receive a Statement of Accomplishment signed by the instructor.

Who should take this course?

This course is relevant to lifelong learners seeking new ways to gain knowledge online, college students interested in expanding research competencies, and professionals pursuing effective strategies for engaging with interactive social media in the workplace.  It is relevant to anyone who wants to be an informed consumer of digital information and active contributor to social settings mediated by technology. 

What resources will I need for this class?

You do not need to purchase any resources for this class. All suggested readings will be free and open access resources.

What is the coolest thing I'll learn if I take this class?

Learn how to become a better learner and gain skills that you can apply to your everyday information consumption and creation.

Recommended Background

No background is required to participate in this course; all are welcome!