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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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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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Hyperlinked Library MOOC | San Jose State University School of Library and Information Science

Hyperlinked Library MOOC | San Jose State University School of Library and Information Science | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
HYPERLINKED LIBRARY MOOC 

What emerging trends are changing library services? What does the connected world of "continuous computing" mean for 21st Century libraries? The Hyperlinked Library MOOC offered by the School of Library and Information Science at San José State University provides a roadmap toward becoming a participatory, interactive, user-centered library.

The Hyperlinked Library MOOC is a professional development opportunity designed for information professionals and those interested in the topic. The MOOC is not offered for academic credit. SJSU SLIS graduate students who participate in the MOOC will not receive credit toward their master's degrees.

Course description here: http://slisweb.sjsu.edu/programs/moocs/hyperlinked-library-mooc?goback=%2Egna_2747909%2Egde_2747909_member_225190881
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Hyperlinked Library MOOC - starting in September 2013 - only open to the first 400 that registers!

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Applied Data Science Open Online Course - iSchool - The School of Information Studies - Syracuse University

Applied Data Science Open Online Course - iSchool - The School of Information Studies - Syracuse University | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
As the world's data grow exponentially, organizations across all sectors, including government and not-for-profit, need to understand, manage and use big, complex data sets—known as big data, a term spreading through forward-thinking business dialogue and building job market demand. Data science is the answer to optimizing (or, for starters, simply dealing with) big data. However, the iSchool’s distinct perspective approaches data science with a view of the full data life cycle, going beyond what most discuss as data analytics. iSchool Offering Open Online Course In Applied Data Science Earlier this year, the iSchool successfully ran its first introductory-level MOOC—the popular term for free, massive, open, online courses. Its next offering, called Applied Data Science: An Introduction, introduces similar content in a new format: self-guided learning. Participants will be able to work their way through the course at their own pace without the constraints of deadlines. This course is free of charge and a select number of participants will be invited to try it on October 28. Successfully completed MOOC coursework results in a certificate of completion. For more information, please complete the form below: Questions? Contact iMOOC@syr.edu.
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A MOOC on Big Data management! Course starts on 28 October. Apply now!
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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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MOOCs - Opportunity or Threat for Librarians?

MOOCs - Opportunity or Threat for Librarians? | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

by Leigh Bunton

Libraries and information professionals have been adapting to the impact of online resources for some time now. In my own academic library, we have a Mobile Technology Group to monitor developing trends and ensure that staff are equipped to create, access and advise upon anything from Blogs and Instant Messaging; QR codes, Wikis and RFID, to Smart phones and the mobile version of the library website. There is still a physical connection with our users, however, with a campus full of students attending lectures, accessing online resources provided by the library, receiving research advice, making enquiries at service desks, borrowing books and filling every library space when exams and deadlines loom.

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Another challenge for librarians, but should definitely not be shunned!