Saturday, March 16, 2013

What Will MOOCs Mean for Academic Libraries?

The news today about the development of a UK Higher Education-led MOOC (Massive Open Online Course), (reported by a lot of the media this morning, including these reports from the BBC and THE), made me start to think about what were the implications for academic libraries of this new model.  At the moment details of exactly what will be offered by the MOOC are obviously sketchy but you’d expect them to be short-courses, extracted from existing university courses, probably not credit-bearing, but what element of library services, if any, might be involved or impacted by this development?

I’m thinking that there are three broad elements of library services: access to physical library services; access to library-procured resources; and access to library skills training. [snip].


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