Tuesday, April 9, 2013

MOOCs and Libraries Event Videos Now Available

09 April 2013

The "MOOCs and Libraries: Massive Opportunity or Overwhelming Challenge?" event took place 18-19 March at the University of Pennsylvania and was broadcast live online. Hosted by OCLC Research and University of Pennsylvania Libraries, the event featured thoughtful and provocative presentations about how libraries are already getting involved with MOOCs, and engaged attendees in discussions about strategic opportunities and challenges going forward. More than 500 people participated in this event: 125 attended in person and more than 400 attended remotely online.

Links to the 11 individual videos and a MOOCs and Libraries video playlist that comprises all of these videos are available at the links below, on the MOOCs and Libraries event page, and on the OCLC Research YouTube Channel.

Links to the presenters' slides, the next steps document (.pdf: 124K/1 pp.) and the #mooclib archived tweets (pdf: 639K/32 pp.) from this event are available on the MOOCs and Libraries event page.

Look to the OCLC Research blog, HangingTogether, for a short series of postings that recap presentation highlights and summarize outcomes from this event.

MOOCs and Libraries Video Playlist

Monday, 18 March

Welcome from the University of Pennsylvania Libraries (8:12)

  • Carton Rogers, University of Pennsylvania

Why MOOCs, Why Penn, Why Now? (23:01)

  • Ed Rock, University of Pennsylvania

MOOCs and Libraries, An Overview of the Landscape (14:46)

  •   Jim Michalko, Vice President, OCLC Research Library Partnership

MOOCs and Libraries, An Overview of the (Current) Landscape (14:09)

  • Merrilee Proffitt, Senior Program Officer, OCLC Research

Copyright, Licensing, Open Access (59:39)

  • Brandon Butler, Director of Public Policy Initiatives, Association of Research Libraries, moderator
  • Kevin Smith, Scholarly Communications Officer, Duke University
  • Kenny Crews, Director, Copyright Advisory Office, Columbia University
  • Kyle K. Courtney, Manager of Faculty Research and Scholarship, Harvard Law School

Production & Pedagogy (1:16:11)

  • Bruce Lenthall, Director of Center for Teaching and Learning, University of Pennsylvania, moderator
  • Christian Terwiesch, Wharton School Faculty, University of Pennsylvania
  • Jackie Candido, Online Learning & Digital Engagement, School of Arts and Sciences, University of Pennsylvania
  • Amy Bennett, Penn Open Learning, University of Pennsylvania
  • Anna Delaney, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania

Tuesday, 19 March

New Opportunities for Librarians: What Happens When You Go Behind the Lines in a MOOC? (1:04:11)

  • Marjorie Hassen, Director of Teaching, Research, and Learning Services, University of Pennsylvania Libraries, moderator
  • Sarah Bordac, Head, Instructional Design, Brown University
  • Jennifer Dorner, Head, Instruction and User Services, University of California Berkeley
  • Lynne O'Brien, Director of Academic Technology and Instructional Services, Duke University

Who Are the Masses? A View of the Audience (19:04)

  • Howard Lurie, Vice President, Content Development, edX

Who Are the Masses? A View of the Audience (16:24)

  • Deirdre Woods, Interim Executive Director, Open Learning Initiative, University of Pennsylvania

Who Are the Masses? A View of the Audience (23:02)

Margaret Donnellan Todd, County Librarian, County of Los Angeles Public Library

Summary, Next Steps and Group Discussion (18:32)

    Merrilee Proffitt, Senior Program Officer, OCLC Research
    Chrystie Hill, Director, Community Relations, OCLC

Source and Links to A/V Available 



Report > Detailed > OCLC Research Presents MOOCs and Libraries: Massive Opportunity or Overwhelming Challenge?


Further Thoughts on MOOCs and Libraries


CHE > For Libraries, MOOCs Bring Uncertainty and Opportunity


Update > Streaming Also Available > OCLC Research > Free Program > MOOCs and Libraries: Massive Opportunity or Overwhelming Challenge? > March 18-19 2013 > University of Pennsylvania


Thursday, April 4, 2013

MOOCs & Libraries > An Overview Of The (Current) Landscape

MOOCs and Libraries Massive Opportunity or Overwhelming Challenge

Duke Librarians Aid MOOCs With Technology, Research

Margot Tuchler | April 4, 2013

Coursera students see their professors in the online course videos, but they do not see the teams of people working behind the scenes to make the videos possible.

The advent of massive open online courses in the higher education community—specifically Coursera, which Duke partnered with last summer—has demanded expertise from a variety of sectors across the Duke Libraries system, which is responsible for more than just books and databases. In fact, the relationship between professors and the online Coursera platform has largely been bridged by the Center for Instructional Technology, a division of Duke Libraries dedicated to helping teachers integrate various technologies into their lessons.

Apart from CIT’s role in supporting the structure of online courses, Duke Libraries and its constituents have helped professors gather materials for courses and ensure that they are transferable to Coursera’s massive audiences.

“For a long time, the library, working closely with [the Office of Information Technology], has been the fulcrum for assisting faculty in introducing new technologies into their classes,” said Provost Peter Lange, noting that he immediately turned to Lynne O’Brien, director of academic technology and instructional services, to help with the move to MOOCs. “She’s been my right-hand person throughout all of this. That puts the library at the center.”

CIT helps professors make their course materials align with the Coursera platform, O’Brien noted.

“The staff in [CIT] have been the primary consultants to faculty on the development of Coursera courses,” O’Brien wrote in an email Wednesday. “We work closely with colleagues in [OIT] and Duke Media Services on production of Coursera video materials.”

Apart from CIT, O’Brien noted that Duke Libraries’ involvement also extends to other departments, including Data and GIS Services, Digital Scholarship and Production Services and the Office of Copyright and Scholarly Communication.


Apart from helping professors prepare for their Coursera classes, the library system has also played a role in assisting professors who wish to implement the new “flipped classroom” model to their on-campus classes. CIT staff led workshops about flipping the classroom that around 70 faculty attended and provided consulting for the new educational approach, O’Brien said.


The structure of Duke’s library is not very common among its peer institutions, O’Brien said, noting that Duke seems to be ahead of the game in terms of integrating technological assistance and access to course materials through one streamlined system. Duke joined Coursera last July, when only 15 schools other were participating. Now, Coursera hosts 62 universities.

“Duke is envied by many peer libraries for its close relationship between teaching support and instructional technology along with research services in the library,” O’Brien said. “It’s been a very busy year for everyone.”

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