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Enhancing Metacognitive Awareness & Metaliteracy Skills Towards Becoming a Self-Determined Researcher

January 25, 2024 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM (EST)


Metacognition is essentially the critical self-reflection or thinking about one’s own thinking. Metacognition is one of the domains of metaliteracy. Metaliteracy is a requirement for successful research. It promotes critical thinking and collaboration in a connected world, providing a comprehensive framework to effectively participate in social media and online communities. It is a unified construct that supports the acquisition, production, and sharing of knowledge in collaborative online communities. Metaliteracy challenges traditional skills-based approaches and expands on traditional information literacy. This allows to consider the related literacy types and incorporating emerging technologies. Standard definitions of information literacy are insufficient for the revolutionary social technologies as well as research trend in our changing world.

Instructor: Dr. Brenda van Wyk (PhD; M.Ed; M.Inf) is currently a senior academic in the EBIT Faculty at the University of Pretoria.  Previous positions include the Head of LIS, The IIE and the Dean of Research at the IIE. She has been responsible for literacy teaching, postgraduate supervisor training and postgraduate support in her current as well as previous positions. She has a passion for technology-assisted teaching and learning towards digital inclusion and cognitive social justice. Her research interests include open scholarship, metaliteracy, ABET and information and research ethics. She serves on the steering committee of ACEIE. She was instrumental in the planning implementing open access research repositories. She is the Managing Editor of a DHET accredited journal: the Independent Journal of Teaching and Learning (IJTL). She is the Co-Chair if ICIL-Africa. She has published several manuscripts and articles in academic journals, chapters in books and conference proceedings. She is a research associate with JET Education Services

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