The point I found most interesting about Topic 3.2 was how they stressed that students today are the first wave of those who are being encouraged to be the creators of media instead of just consuming it.
I found this interesting because it is, in fact, a true statement. With the amount of social media and informative media around us, it is only natural that students use these tools to enhance their process. In our class especially, we have used several different types of media in our projects and in-class assignments. My group has used Gliffy, Weebly, and Prezi in our work so far, and our blackboard page supplies us with even more helpful media tools. The fact that students are being encouraged to create media is very apparent in our class.
When I was a Sophomore at UAlbany, I took a journalism class that focused heavily on new media. For that one class alone, I had a WordPress blog, a Twitter, a Pinterest, and a Storify account. We used these 4 outlets all throughout the semester, whether it was an analytical blog post or live tweeting an event. New media has changed the classroom, instead of students only taking in information, they can now interpret it and re-release it to the consumers as their own.
I took a look at the recent MOOC section about how cognition plays a role in the Metaliteracy world. When I first watched the video I admittedly had some trouble thinking about how I would relate this to our class. Its only until you, as the article says “think about thinking” do you really begin to understand what it is we’re being taught.
My mind jumped back to our previous class, where we were given a suspiciously easy assignment: find out who said “The end justifies the means.” From my philosophy class I knew right away that it was Machiavelli who coined that phrase in his work The Prince. Every group had the same or a very similar answer. But when we saw we were actually all wrong, it became obvious that our thought process, and therefore our research was biased and ultimately flawed.
The whole metacognition concept cuts right through that, telling us to think about thinking, and to develop our literacy accordingly. My thought process was so simple, it merely grabbed the Machiavelli file right from my mental cabinet an my mind was made up. But if i had refined my thought process and used my research tool wisely, I would have come up with the correct answer.
This leads me to believe that I may be overlooking my thought process outside of this class. I’m a history student, so I’m constantly digging through old documents, essays, textbooks, etc. for the tiniest facts. But if I don’t think about how I’m researching these facts, how do I know I’m doing the most efficient work possible? Its an interesting cerebral concept and I enjoyed delving into it.
How have social and technological changes influenced the various domains and roles of students?
To me, technology is a double edged sword for students. In the last 10 to 15 years, technology has advanced more than it ever has before. Information is literally at our fingertips at all times. While from an academic standpoint, this fact should be perfect, it can also harm us. Because with new technology comes new distractions, after all its just as easy to access Facebook during class than it is to learn. This easy access to information and distractions for students has changed their role by putting much more responsibility in the students’ hands as to whether they would like to use this technology for academic purposes or personal entertainment.
Are there more or fewer roles and domains today, or has there been no change?
I feel that the metaliterate learner model holds up today. The 4 domains (metacognitive, cognitive, behavioral and affective) do a good job of explaining the metaliterate learner from a basic all the way up to an advanced level.
Do you feel that students are better off today than they were 50 years ago? Why or why not?
While I believe that technology has done some harm to students by distracting them and making them more sedentary, the benefits of technology and the insane, incomprehensible amount of academic information students have access to compared to 50 years ago outweighs the negatives.
To me, metaliteracy is the ability to gather, analyze, and organize information from a research source and utilize that information in a useful way. As a student who uses research quite often in his academic career, I hope to use this class to streamline my researching abilities and make my papers, projects, etc. more thorough.