Metaliteracy and Openess in access to college courses online

After reading about the OER’s and looking into the different options avaiable, I am excited about this. Education at the university level comes with a hefty price tag and you are limited to the materials that the university designates as “approved” by the department to be taught. With the use of OER’s people can take control of their education and how much knowledge they absorb on the topic of their choosing. It also gives educational opportunity to people that may not have access otherwise. People can use the free internet at their public library and access these courses. A person learning this way may not obtain a degree from an insitution but once knowledge is obtain, no matter how it is obtained, it is yours and it can never be taken aware from you.

These sources are also credible with the backing the the university that is sponsoring the course. It is important for people to study credible material to ensure their primary sources are factual and have credible authors with authority behind them. These courses have credible authors because they are sponsored by a university. It is also awesome because there are no boundaries to limit how far this information can go. So long as you have internet, computer access and can read it in the language that is written you can learn from the course material. This is a great way for #metaliteracy to reach further than just the US in learning about how people receive and interpret information. #metaliteracy


The Metaliteracy Learner

Metaliteracy blends the various ways that students today obtain information through technology. In “The Metaliteracy Learner” diagram the domains and roles students engage in is depicted and broken down into categories to visually show how these roles relate to Metaliteracy. This diagram was very helpful for in understanding the broad aspect that Metaliteracy is trying to cover.

Social and technological changes have influences the various domains and roles of students by making the information readily available twenty four hours a day, seven days a week. A student does not need to wait for their school or public library to open up to research for the information they need. A student can access information they need through the internet and, thanks to advancements in computer and smart phone technology, this can be researched at the tips of their fingers between social media postings, tweets and photo uploads.  Social changes have advanced through social media that can share information allowing users to “follow” them for information updates that they will receive in real time.  A student who is very engaged with Twitter and Facebook can follow their friends as well as major news networks, educational resources and political figures. Looking at my own social media sites, I receive information on social media by following CNN and our local newspaper in Albany, The Times Union. The advances in social and technological change has also pushed information to be wide spread across states, countries and continents. Living in Albany I am unable to turn on a television or pick up a newspapers that has news coverage and stories from my home town back on Long Island. While I could subscribe the paper, I would most likely not receive in same day and be behind on current news updates. Through following New Channel 12 on Facebook I receive news updates about what is going on downstate on Long Island and can engage in conversations about theses news updates with friends from back home without having to hear the information through them as a third party that could potentially be leaving out some important facts and unintentionally  sway my opinion.

                Today, there are the same amounts of roles and domains available to all students as there was years ago except today all roles and domains are more easily available to all students to engage.  Not all students would have the opportunity to be an author and me published unless they were writing their thesis for their PhD or participated in a research student to be published in a journal. With access to blogs, such as this one, and status postings every student has the opportunity to be an author of their own ideas. All students also have the ability to be the teacher by other people reading what they have public and also through sharing links and pages on their social media sites to spread awareness and give credibility to what they have authored online.

                Students today are better off than they were 50 years ago because they have more access to information in ways that a traditional student 50 years ago would not have the opportunity to utilize. With every positive there is also a negative. It is a student’s responsibility to search for credible sources to insure they are receive the correct information that has been verified and is credible. As stated earlier, anyone can publish on the internet and share ideas through social media. It is a student’s responsibility to educate themselves on what a credible source looks like and question peers on where they receive sources that they are sharing. This is an additional responsibility and piece of education that a student 50 years ago would not have had to worry about.