Saturday, March 16, 2013

THATCamp Libraries 2013 - MOOC Session

What obligations do libraries have to students in MOOC courses? In academia, this can mean non-matriculated students in MOOC courses hosted by the institution, and matriculated students taking MOOC courses not hosted by their parent university.

  • MIT recent strategic retreat to figure out the obligation to incorporate their library content into the MIT edX  courses. 
  • The university should not have much obligation - difficult from an electronic resources perspective to consider MOOC users "authorized users"
  • Will student expectations of brick and mortar classes change based on MOOC experiences? i.e. length of courses, assessment (often it is peer assessment) 
  • Does the format of the MOOC (often asynchronous) affect approach to a more structured course?   
  • Simmons ALA Chapter thinking about setting up a Moodle site for student MOOC courses. 
  • When does the content from the MOOC go down? Can depend based on course.     
  • Perhaps a list of open access resources for additional reading?   
  • The library has the only obligation to support courses students are paying for - as long as Coursera is free.

Could non-academic libraries play a role?  YES!

  • Offer computer space and library help in a public library.  
  • Support in the secondary school 
  • (Although academic libraries perhaps need not be required to provide support for MOOCS)

How has experience in a MOOC changed your approach to library instruction or reference service?

  • Making content more visual
  • Some instructors learned the importance of "chunking" - breaks in instruction, smaller sessions of instruction.
  • This is not new! Maybe the MOOC is leading to this concept being taken more seriously?  
  • The technology is available to do more things - more flexible things.


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