The role of the Library within Universities is continually changing. eLearning is also growing globally. Libraries and eLearning are now woven together into the fabric of teaching and learning for students and educators everywhere.
As MOOC mania approached its peak in 2012, Anant Agarwal, the president of the Massive Open Online Course platform edX, claimed: Online education for students around the world will be the next big thing…
Survey results from the Hyperlinked Library MOOC 2013 pilot course revealed that participants learned "new ideas, new knowledge, and new trends." The SJSU information school plans to offer an updated version of the Hyperlinked Library MOOC in spring 2015.
When major research libraries pooled resources in 2008 to launch HathiTrust—today one of the largest collaborative library initiatives in the world—they knew that they were on to something big. For more than a decade, the potential of digitization and digital technologies to dramatically enhance library access and preservation services had been moving from the periphery to the very center of library future-planning. Confronted on the one hand with increasing budgetary pressures and on the other with increasing demands for greater access to a broader range of collections, libraries quickly came to appreciate that the future would be not only digital, but largely shared as well. Collaboration would be essential if libraries, with limited resources, were to continue to provide traditional services and meet new service expectations. Libraries have a long history of collaboration, but examples of, and structures for, the kinds of collaboration that could truly impact library services at scale were few.
Given the importance of digital content to scholarship, institutions are increasingly developingstrategic digitization programs to provide online access to both their reference collectionsand their unique and distinct materials.
What is a primary source? Many research guides created by academic librarians for students define a primary sourceas an original object or document—firsthand information that was written or created during the time under study. These guides include examples of various types of pre-Digital Age resources such as diaries, news-film footage, and interviews. In addition, traditional primary source documents tend to include public voices as records of historical events. But what about today? What is a primary source in the Digital Age?
"Pinterest is a digital pinboard application which started just last year but has quickly become one of the top 10 most trafficked social networking websites according to Hitwise. During the second week in December the website had over 11 million visitors. This is pretty impressive considering that the site is still in the invite-only stage."
Via Monica Ehrenstråle (Nilsson), Niels Damgaard, Anu Ojaranta, NairarbilUCA, SciEng Librarian
In response to growing concerns about the high cost of textbooks, the Washington State Board of Community and Technical Colleges launched the Open Course Library (OCL), a project to outfit 81 of the state's largest- enrolled courses with high-quality, low-cost educational materials. Funded jointly by the Washington State Legislature and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the project sought to offer faculty and students a more affordable alternative to expensive textbooks
A new and future-focused MOOC aimed at exploring the impact of new technologies will be offered by the San José State University School of Library and Information Science in September 2014. Registration is now open for this free online course.
Dale Askey is the Associate University Librarian for Library and Learning Technologies, at McMaster University. He also serves as Administrative Director of the Lewis & Ruth Sherman Centre for Digital Scholarship.
APRIL 30— The New York Public Library (NYPL) announced today a partnership with Coursera, one of the leading providers of free online education, to support their curriculum of online courses through their Learning Hubs program. Several branches will provide users with weekly in-person class discussions with trained facilitators, in addition to internet and wi-fi access.
Peter Mellow's insight:
We have been approached to include our MOOC on the French Revolution into this project. A very exciting initiative.
In a pilot program with Coursera, the New York Public Library plans to organize meet-ups at which people taking massive open online courses can gather and discuss the courses with help from “trained facilitators.”
The partnership is part the MOOC company’s effort to build an infrastructure for in-person learning around its free online courses. Research has suggested that MOOC students who receive offline help earn higher scores on their assessments.
Since my last post, I’ve learned a lot about the role of libraries in MOOCs. I’ve done some webinars and joined the edX library committee. The best teacher, of course, has been the MOOC itself. One thing I’ve realized is that there is no one role for libraries in MOOCs. That role varies based on course content, institution type, and existing collaborations, among other things. My most recent goal is simply to discover how our library can support both the needs of the instructors and of the students for each of our DavidsonX classes.
Learn How To Make Students Better Online Researchers. Getting kids to really focus on what exactly they are searching for, and then be able to further distill idea into a few key specific search terms is a skill that we must teach students.