Thursday, September 26, 2013

Pushing the Envelope in Education: Roles for Libraries -- MOOCs, eLearning & Gamification


University of Toronto iSchool Institute Symposium in partnership with Dysart & Jones Associates

Monday & Tuesday Sept.30 and Oct.1, 2013, Toronto

Registration is open now.

Following the University of Toronto iSchool Institute’s first, and very successful, symposium, Creative Making in Libraries & Museums [snip] we are pleased to introduce the second symposium!

Libraries are expanding their strategies in education and learning.  Some public libraries are offering online credit courses and certificates.  Some are offering credit recovery for high school drop-outs.  Many are expanding the economic vitality and capacity of their communities.  Things a re changing.  Some academic libraries are exploring the role of the library in MOOCs and e-learning and distance education.  And our schools for the professional education of  librarians are diving into free MOOCs for continuing education.  Is your library system considering and exploring these innovations and opportunities?

Massive open online courses, or MOOCs, are a new type of college class based on Internet lecture videos. As the New Yorker magazine says, “a MOOC is “massive” because it’s designed to enroll tens of thousands of students. It’s “open” because, in theory, anybody with an Internet connection can sign up. “Online” refers not just to the delivery mode but to the style of communication: much, if not all, of it is on the Web. And “course,” of course, means that assessment is involved—assignments, tests, an ultimate credential. When you take moocs, you’re expected to keep pace. Your work gets regular evaluation. In the end, you’ll pass or fail or, like the vast majority of enrollees, just stop showing up.”

In the past two years, Harvard, M.I.T., Caltech, and the University of Texas have together pledged tens of millions of dollars to mooc development. Many other schools, from U.C. Berkeley to Princeton, have similarly climbed aboard. But how are the students supported?

This two day event features speakers immersed in MOOCs as well as those struggling to create strategies for their academic, college, school and public libraries to support students who are learning more and more online and faculty who are faced with new ways of teaching and assessing students.

Conference Co-Chairs:                                                    

  •  Jane Dysart, Senior Partner, Dysart & Jones                 
  • Stephen Abram, Consultant, Dysart & Jones                  



University of Toronto, Faculty of Information, iSchool Institute
140 St George Street, 7th Floor, Toronto, ON

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Friday, September 13, 2013

Amigos Online Conference > MOOCs, Mobile Technologies - Their Impact on Reference Service

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When: Thursday, November 7, 2013 | Where: Online, from the comfort of your office or home

The theme of this online conference will focus on current and future technologies for reference services and the impact of MOOCs on the library. Our objective is to provide an overview of current reference practices and offer tips and steps on specific techniques as models for the future. The goal is to reach library directors, mid-level managers as well as front line staff representing college, university, public and corporate libraries.

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Thursday, September 12, 2013

ALCTS > Get Ready to MOOC: Why Libraries Should Care

Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) are sweeping the country and libraries and librarians are watching this development carefully. This series of four webinars will help librarians gain an understanding of the complexity of the MOOC “movement,” learn how to support students and faculty engaged with MOOCs, become familiar with the copyright and intellectual property requirements in relation to MOOCs, and hear what the future may hold for MOOCs.

The first webinar, on September 25, 2013 will be presented by Mike Eisenberg, dean emeritus and professor, University of Washington Information School, who will set the stage by examining the origins of online learning and explaining why MOOCs continue to thoroughly capture the imagination of students, educators, and administrators.

For more information on the ALCTS Webinar Series: Libraries and MOOCs: 

Who Should Attend?

Librarians, library administrators, and library educators interested in supporting and enhancing libraries’ preparation of and participation in MOOCs.

Course Level & Prerequisites



Mike Eisenberg is the founding dean of the Information School at the University of Washington, serving from 1998 to 2006. Known as an innovator and entrepreneur, Mike approached the iSchool as a start-up—transforming the school into a broad-based information school with academic programs on all levels and making a difference in industry, the public sector, and education. Mike’s current work focuses on information and technology literacy, virtual worlds, and library information and technology programs, K–20.

Date & Times

Wednesday, September 25, 2013
\Sessions are intended to last 1 hour, starting:
11 am Pacific | 12 Mountain | 1 pm Central | 2 pm Eastern




ParticipantFee ($USD)
 EachSeries of 4
ALCTS Member (individual)43138
Nonmember (individual)59189
International (individual)43138
Groups. Applies to group of people that will watch the webinar together from one access point.  
Member group99317
Nonmember group129413

All webinars are recorded and the one-time fee includes unlimited access to the webinar recording.

All registered attendees will receive the link to the recorded session so if you are unable to attend the webinar at the time it is presented, you will have the opportunity to listen to the recording at your convenience.

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