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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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2012 top ten trends in academic libraries

A review of the trends and issues affecting academic libraries in higher education ACRL Research Planning and Review Committee

"Three leaders in academic librarianship were the catalysts for this discussion: Martin Halbert, dean of libraries at University of North Texas; Joan Lippincott, associate director of Coalition for Networked Information (CNI), and Mark Puente, director of diversity and leadership programs, Association of Research Libraries (ARL). This discussion forum augmented the trends identified by the committee.

These top trends are listed alphabetically. Each trend includes a brief discussion and references to the literature. The committee also compiled additional resources that may be of interest."

 

- "Communication value

- Data curation

- Digital preservation

- Higher education

- Information technology

- Mobile environments

- Patron driven e-book acquisition

- Scholarly communication

- Staffing

- User behaviours and expectations"

 

The committee would like to thank Erin Hood, research assistant at OCLC Research, for her assistance in producing this document."

 

   
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SABC Media Libraries: Records management at the University of Johannesburg - report on a seminar

SABC Media Libraries: Records management at the University of Johannesburg - report on a seminar | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"As part of the corporate governance strategy at the University of Johannesburg, access to information is the management of paper and electronic records within a secure environment. Technology provides the tool to capture, manage and access content and to provide a workable retention schedule for paper and electronic records. The methodology developed includes a phased-in approach with the focus on legislative compliance, business processes and change management principles. This required compliance with the Promotion of Access to Information Act on the one hand and the Protection of Personal Information bill whilst complying with King III directives."

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In Praise of Librarians | Inside Higher Ed

In Praise of Librarians | Inside Higher Ed | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
RT @Somers_Library: In Praise of Librarians http://t.co/URI1NttP...

 

"Before commenting, let me clarify how I come to praise librarians. I am not neutral on this subject. When engaged in real academic work, I am a historian, and historians of my ancient generation lived dependent on our librarians. Moreover, my life as a reader began in the Carnegie Library in my neighborhood of Los Angeles, where periodic visits showed me the miracle of discovering books I could read on the shelves of the stacks and later the serendipitous pleasures of the multiple drawers of a card catalog. Mother and sister, librarians, and my career as a college student and then academic historian dependent on a succession of exceptionally able and wise librarians, conditioned me to turn often to the library and its people for guidance.

So I come to today's digitally confused world of information from what is now a reasonably obsolete perspective. When I agreed to show up at a library meeting, I expected to be unhappy with the new digital universe and dismayed by the changes in my beloved library world. Fortunately for my psychic tranquility, the librarians are ahead of me, they are on the case, they are transforming our world of information with creativity and imagination.

Read more: http://www.insidehighered.com/blogs/praise-librarians#ixzz1bi8GlTWC
Inside Higher Ed "

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New Digital Tools Let Professors Tailor Their Own Textbooks - Technology - The Chronicle of Higher Education

New Digital Tools Let Professors Tailor Their Own Textbooks - Technology - The Chronicle of Higher Education | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
RT @ocwnews: New Digital Tools Let Professors Tailor Own Textbooks - more w/ growing libraries of open-source content they can edit http://t.co/6uGYEMHk...
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Top Ed-Tech Trends: What's Changed from 2011 to 2012? - by Audrey Watters

Top Ed-Tech Trends: What's Changed from 2011 to 2012? - by Audrey Watters | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

by AUDREY WATTERS:

"...the year’s major ed-tech developments. I’ve identified the 10 trends that I think have been 2012’s most interesting and important. I’ll string out the posts that cover these over the next 6 weeks — and not just because it’s time for the obligatory-end-of-year-wrap-up-crap posts that we bloggers churn out throughout the month of December. I find the reflection is useful (although time-consuming), and it’s a good process for me to go through all the news and all my writing to assess what’s innovative and what’s hype and what's changed and why."

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2011 Global Student E-book Survey

2011 Global Student E-book Survey - by Allen McKiel. Usage up 8 - 16%.
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The ACRL Approves New “Standards for Libraries in Higher ...

The ACRL Approves New “Standards for Libraries in Higher ... | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
LibraryJournal.com reports that the Association of College and Research Libraries' Board of Directors approved a comprehensive revision of the association's Standards for Libraries in Higher Education (SLHE) in October.

 

"LibraryJournal.com reports that the Association of College and Research Libraries’ Board of Directors approved a comprehensive revision of the association’s Standards for Libraries in Higher Education (SLHE) in October. This revision is meant to provide a stronger framework by which research libraries can demonstrate their value while facing growing scrutiny in a tough economic environment.

“These standards differ from previous versions by articulating expectations for library contributions to institutional effectiveness,” said University of Nevada-Las Vegas Dean of University Libraries Patricia Iannuzzi, who chaired the SLHE task force. “They also differ structurally from the previous version by providing a comprehensive framework using an outcomes-based approach, with evidence collected in ways most appropriate for each institution.”

To access a copy of the approved standards as well as to sign up for a introductory webcast, please go to:

http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/acrl/standards/standardslibraries.cfm

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Blog U.: The Revolution Will Not Be Subscription-Based - Library Babel Fish

"Another fascinating report has just come out from Project Information Literacy, a source of many fascinating reports. This one focuses on how students use technology during the busiest time of the semester. I love what these researchers are doing—actually talking to undergraduates about how they do research (what a concept!) rather than making assumptions. Often, when I read their reports I think to myself “yes, that sounds exactly like our students; no surprises here.”

 

http://www.insidehighered.com/blogs/library_babel_fish/the_revolution_will_not_be_subscription_based

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