Sunday, May 19, 2013

Massive Open Opportunity: Supporting MOOCs in Public and Academic Libraries

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If you’re an academic librarian, you’re probably already awash, at least peripherally, in news about MOOCs—massive open online courses have been touted as the next big thing in higher ed since they burst on the scene about a year ago. If you’re a public librarian, on the other hand, you may not even have heard of them. Yet MOOCs are bringing unprecedented challenges and opportunities to both kinds of libraries already, and they’re only going to grow.

  • What is a MOOC
  • Why would they need the library?
  • Supporting production
  • Supporting students 
  • Measuring a MOOC
  • Preservation
  • The Library as Content Creator
  • MOOCs and the public library
  • MOOCs for librarianship

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Librarians: Your Most Valuable MOOC Supporters

What about libraries? That’s the question on our minds as the world declares its love for massive open online courses, or MOOCs. Libraries are a major part of universities, but they’re almost entirely missing from the MOOC conversation. That’s a big mistake.

Libraries offer resources, from research to licensing support, that are essential to the future of MOOCs as they grow both in numbers and in seriousness. As MOOCs become an increasingly valid and valuable resource, it’s clear that they can benefit from another great educational resource: librarians.

The MOOC Library


The MOOC Challenge


What MOOC Librarians Can Do 

  • Take a MOOC
  • Become a Part of MOOC Development
  • Offer licensing and access support.Develop course research guides.
  • Create library MOOCs.


"We’re at the beginning, not the end,” Proffitt says. MOOCs have a lot to offer students and the future of online higher education, and librarians are in a great position to help this fledgling resource grow in depth and quality. There’s so much librarians can do, and there are many opportunities for development.

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Thursday, May 9, 2013

Librarians and the Era of the MOOC

The New York Times dubbed 2012 “The Year of the MOOC,” and it has since become one of the hottest topics in education. Time magazine said that free MOOCs open the door to the “Ivy League for the Masses.” Two of the world’s leading MOOCs, Coursera and Udacity, earned venture capital in the amounts of $22 million and $15 million, respectively. Educators, politicians, and yes, librarians, are taking note of this disruptive educational technology trend, and the future it holds for the training for our future scientists, doctors, nurses, engineers, and others entering STEM fields. I remember back my library school days, how librarians were fearing and struggling to redefine their role in “search” in the Age of Google, and now, they face another challenge, finding their role aiding professors and students in the Era of the MOOC.


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Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Envisioning the Role of Librarians in Massive Online Open Courses

Live Webcast  / May 22, 2013
11 a.m. Pacific | 12:00 p.m. Mountain | 1:00 p.m. Central | 2:00 p.m. Eastern
90 minutes

Description: Technology is enabling Higher Education to change more in the next ten years than it has in the past hundred. Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) are potentially one such technological innovation and have generated a lot of press in the past year. This live, interactive webcast will focus on the role of the librarian in these online courses. First, we will examine what librarians are currently doing to provide support for these institutional course offerings. Next, we will discuss possible future roles that librarians can play as MOOCs move from the margins to the mainstream.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Learn about current library efforts to support MOOCs (e.g. copyright and licensing).
  • Learn about new strategic challenges that MOOCs present for libraries (e.g. scale and remote services for diverse course demographics).
  • Learn about new strategic opportunities that MOOCs present for libraries (e.g. information literacy instruction and Open Educational Resources (OERs).

Presenter: John D. Shank, Instructional Design Librarian, Associate Director of the Center for Learning and Teaching (CLT), Instructor in Communication Arts & Sciences, Penn State Berks
Co-founder of The Blended Librarian

Technical Requirements: ACRL Webcasts are held in an Elluminate virtual classroom. You will be prompted to download a java-based application (Elluminate) before being able to enter the classroom.  Elluminate works on both PC and Macintosh platforms.  The minimum PC requirements are a Pentium II 266 Mhz with 64MB of memory and a sound card. The minimum Mac requirements are a G3 233 Mhz with 64MB of memory when using OS 9.0 - 9.2 or 128MB of memory when using OS X.

Speakers or a headset for listening to the presentation are required. It is recommended that you also use a microphone to ask questions/make comments. If you do not have or do not wish to use a microphone, you may ask questions through text-based chat.


Registration fees:
  • ACRL member: $50
  • ALA member: $75
  •  Nonmember: $90
  • Student: $40
  • Group*: $295
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