Saturday, March 16, 2013

MOOCs: Where Are The Librarians?


I don’t believe these massive online course offerings will never equate to legitimate education without serious modification.  I noted that Cathy Davidson posed a question in her blog, asking where are the students in the MOOC equation?  I ask, where are the librarians? Where are the serious research components that allow for critical thinking, higher-level educational outcomes?  Do Harvard and Berkley and Penn all of the others seriously believe MOOCs replicate classroom education or even accredited online education? I can’t believe they do.  I can’t believe we as educators are even considering the question. Have we forgotten what education actually entails? I can't help but wonder if MOOCs are the greatest marketing technique in higher education since naming a building after a donor.  Where are the librarians???

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