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What’s next for MOOCs? | by: Thu-Huong Ha, TED Blog

What’s next for MOOCs? | by: Thu-Huong Ha, TED Blog | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
A primer to catch you up if you've somehow managed to miss catching MOOC madness assaulting higher education.

 

Photo: Simon Schocken in TED video.

 

“Questions Worth Asking” is a new editorial series from TED in which we’ll pose thorny questions to those with a thoughtful, relevant (or irrelevant but still interesting) take. This week: “What’s next for MOOCs?”, those online courses that have thrown a techno-bomb at traditional higher education. Here, a primer to catch you up if you’ve somehow managed to miss catching MOOC madness:

“MOOC,” or Massive Online Open Course, refers to a large online class open to an unlimited number of people. Dave Cormier from the University of Prince Edward Island in Charlottetown, Canada and Bryan Alexander from the National Institute for Technology in Liberal Education in Georgetown, Texas, are credited with coining the phrase in 2008. The first known MOOC was “Connectivism and Connective Knowledge,” taught by Stephen Downes and George Siemens in partnership with the University of Manitoba in Canada."

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Relevant discussion for librarians to follow as well!

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MOOCs and libraries: Next steps? #MOOClib

MOOCs and libraries: Next steps? #MOOClib | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"...some positive and meaningful ways that librarians can engage with MOOCs.


the outcomes in 9 rough categories.

Get the library involvedStart talking/collaborating/sharing between librariesTake MOOCsGet in front of licensing and accessCreate MOOCsSupport MOOC facultySupport MOOC studentsCreate in-person support opportunitiesRe-assess library assumptions and practices

Of these, from my perspective, the things that every librarian can do is to take a MOOC, and contribute to the conversation by listening to others who have been invovled in MOOCs, and sharing information and experiences.


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[This is the fourth posting in a short series on the forum on MOOCs and Libraries held by OCLC and the University of Pennsylvania Libraries, March 18th and 19th, 2013.]

This, alongside the copyright session, was the most meaty in terms of seeing where libraries are currently connecting with MOOCs — as I learned during my investigations, there are a lot of people with opinions about MOOCs and libraries, but not many folks with hands on experience. This session focused on where library research skills fit into MOOCs, where that might take us.


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Very insightful blog post about the future for libraries with regards the impact of MOOCs!

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Announcing the New Librarianship Master Class Online #MOOC

Announcing the New Librarianship Master Class Online #MOOC | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
About the Class Libraries have existed for millennia, but today the library field is searching for solid footing in an increasingly fragmented (and increasingly digital) information environment. What is librarianship when it is unmoored from cataloging, books, buildings, and committees? The vision for a new librarianship must go beyond finding library-related uses for information technology and the Internet; it must provide a durable foundation for the field. New Librarianship recasts librarianship and library practice using the fundamental concept that knowledge is created though conversation. New librarians approach their work as facilitators of conversation; they seek to enrich, capture, store, and disseminate the conversations of their communities. Join iSchool faculty for this online course that provides a foundation for practicing librarians and library science students in new librarianship. It builds on The Atlas of New Librarianship, the 2012 ABC CLIO/Greenwood Award for the Best Book in Library Literature and seeks to generate discussion about the future direction of the profession. Coming in July The course will be offered in a guided mode from July 8 to August 4. After that month the class will be opened online, but CEU or academic credit options will no longer be available.
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New Librarianship MOOC - for professional development!
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Twitter Discussion on New Librarianship (with images, tweets) · rdlankes

The following tweets use the #newlib hashtag to have conversations related to the New Librarianship Master Class/MOOC
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The MOOC on New Librarianship, done through the Syracuse University, is in its fourth and final week. David Lankes, the writer of The Atlas on New Librarianship and one of the lecturers, are busy compiling a Storify of the tweets regarding this course.

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Upcoming First European MOOCs and Libraries Conference | Library Services | Open University

Upcoming First European MOOCs and Libraries Conference | Library Services | Open University | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
MOOCs and Libraries: the good, the bad and the uglyFriday July 12th, 2013 - Pullman Hotel, Central LondonThis one day event hosted by the Open University Library in partnership with OCLC Research and Jisc will focus on the challenges MOOCs pose to the traditional delivery of library services, and the opportunities they offer for libraries to rethink and revitalise their proposition. Participants will be brought up to speed with the latest MOOC developments around the world, but with a particular emphasis on developments in the UK. Speakers will share their experience of or thoughts about the impact MOOCs are having on library services across many sectors, on publishers, and on the higher education landscape. The event builds on a highly successful workshop held in Philadelphia in March, sponsored by OCLC and the University of Pennsylvania at which the Open University was the only institution from outside North America. The objectives of the day are as follows:To raise awareness among librarians of the impact of MOOCs on their environmentTo share experience of libraries involved in MOOCsTo discuss the strategic way forward for HE libraries in this changing landscape and develop a strategic roadmap
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Libraries vs MOOC being discussed and the way forward!

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