Author ORCID Identifier

Trudi Jacobson: 0000-0001-8444-276X

Document Type

Book Chapter

Publication Date



Metaliteracy is a holistic model that emphasises information-related knowledge attainment whilst challenging individuals to take charge of their learning strategies and goals. It prepares learners to become informed consumers and responsible producers of information. Metacognition is a core concept in metaliteracy, just as it is in swelf-directed learning (SDL) and in methods of assessment appropriate to SDL, such as assessment as learning (AaL) and assessment for learning (AfL). This congruence provides clear avenues for using metaliteracy’s framework in ways that support SDL. The first part of the chapter explores metaliteracy and its connections with SDL and assessment. The remainder of the chapter provides two examples of how the intersection of metaliteracy, SDL and assessment might be addressed in practice. These case studies provide additional and practical connections that might suggest applications in other settings. The first section explores a comprehensive metaliteracy digital badging system that is designed to advance SDL, with a focus on how the self-directed unit from this system was adapted for use in an open textbook. The final section of the chapter provides an example of how an online undergraduate course intertwines metaliteracy, information literacy and editing on Wikipedia, exemplifying principles of SDL and providing examples of AaL and AfL.


This is a chapter from the book, Learning through assessment: An approach towards self-directed learning . The full version of the book can be found here:



Rights Statement

In Copyright

Terms of Use

This article is made available under the Scholars Archive Terms of Use.