15th October 2013 – Internet Librarian International conference

Presenter or main title…

MOOCssubtitle… the Role of the
...
Ben Showers
Programme Manager:
Digital Infrastructure
b.showers@jisc.ac.uk
@benshowers
the UK’s expert in digital technologies for
education and research
Outline

3 Themes.

3 Roles.

The implications of MOOCs
for libraries

Future roles for libraries in
online teaching and l...
From pedagogy to business model…
Commodification
commodification n
“the inappropriate treatment
of something as if it can be
acquired or marketed like
other commodities”
C...
institutional
accreditation
Paying for the ‘badge’; not
necessarily the teaching and
learning.
commercial
partners
Partnerships with Amazon
and Pearson, for example –
not libraries.
Education as a Platform
a learning
platform
The more you use it, the
better it gets: It learns as
you do!
a scalable
platform
From tens or hundreds of
thousands, down to the
singular; to the individual
learner.
User Experience
personalised
experience
Learning at my pace, in my
own time, and on my own
device(s).
a social
experience
Reflects the social, online
behaviours and
motivations of students.
This is about the role of the library
in the future of (online) teaching
and learning.

MOOCs are our wake-up call!
3 roles chapters
for the library
1. The curious case of
the disappearing librarian
Librarians working
behind the scenes of
MOOCs: Resource
discovery and IPR

Understanding behaviours
and motivations of onl...
2. A brief guide to selfpublishing
Library consortia sharing
best practice and advice:
http://www.publishingtoolkit.org/

Huddersfield Open
Access Publishing...
3. Data, or: The small
pieces that make an
amazing experience.
Library Analytics and
Metrics Project (LAMP):
http://jisclamp.mimas.ac.uk

LemonTree
(Huddersfield):
http://librarygame.co...
Further Reading…
The Year of the MOOC (New York Times, 2012)

MOOCs and Open Education (Cetis, 2013)
‘For Libraries, MOOCs...
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A short presentation given as part of the ILI2013 conference exploring the challenges of MOOCs to libraries, and institutions, and some potential opportunities for libraries and information providers in the online learning space.

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  • I work primarily in Higher education – with universities
  • I won’t be spending anytime today providing a background or history of MOOCs – there isn’t time and I suspect you know much about it already. Instead, I want to do two things…
  • Difference between early MOOCs and current generation of high profile MOOCs:This is an important thing to remember – the current version of MOOCs are not necessarily about teaching and learning per se., but rather about how you can disrupt the current educational business model. These are venture capital funded businesses – we shouldn’t forget that!
  • An interesting flipping of the value-proposition for the institution – the money’s in the reputation of the institution and having that on the certificate. It’s not necessarily about students paying for exceptional teaching and learning, for example.
  • Why not with libraries? Too complex? If you were going to start a library from scratch today you wouldn’t import all the legacy processes and inefficient systems with you – so nor do the MOOCs. Provides similar benefits, and disadvantages to those experienced through closed eco-systems like Apple: better UX, for example.
  • Data – Data – Data!The provision of support – from the tutor to the content and resources disappears. Instead, in its place grows a learning platform that itself delivers the resources required and attunes itself to your needs and requirements.
  • Why not with libraries? Too complex? If you were going to start a library from scratch today you wouldn’t import all the legacy processes and inefficient systems with you – so nor do the MOOCs. Provides similar benefits, and disadvantages to those experienced through closed eco-systems like Apple: better UX, for example.
  • The content is often there as I need it – I don’t need to leave my ‘space’ – either physical or online. It is also possible that the platform as it learns more about me can tailor that content to me: It knows I study best in short bursts so it recommends only small amounts of reading at a time.
  • I am just going to choose three interesting future roles for the library in online teaching and learning.
  • This is about rethinking the delivery of resources and development of digital literacies for learners. We need to remove the liason role from the print paradigm, to one where information is consumed in an entirely new way. Think of social media experts in companies and organisations. You might be curating links of twitter, for example. A bridge between the physical and the virtual, between the departments and the online teaching and learning provision. Ensuring that the online content has pedagogical value and that it is delivered in an appropriate way – which might mean it is broken up and dismembered, for example.
  • Data isn’t something new to libraries – but we’re starting to really understand its value and do some interesting things with it!
  • MOOCs and the role of Libraries (Internet Librarian International 2013)

    1. 1. 15th October 2013 – Internet Librarian International conference Presenter or main title… MOOCssubtitle… the Role of the Session Title or and Library Ben Showers (Jisc)
    2. 2. Ben Showers Programme Manager: Digital Infrastructure b.showers@jisc.ac.uk @benshowers
    3. 3. the UK’s expert in digital technologies for education and research
    4. 4. Outline 3 Themes. 3 Roles. The implications of MOOCs for libraries Future roles for libraries in online teaching and learning
    5. 5. From pedagogy to business model…
    6. 6. Commodification
    7. 7. commodification n “the inappropriate treatment of something as if it can be acquired or marketed like other commodities” Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged © HarperCollins Publishers
    8. 8. institutional accreditation Paying for the ‘badge’; not necessarily the teaching and learning.
    9. 9. commercial partners Partnerships with Amazon and Pearson, for example – not libraries.
    10. 10. Education as a Platform
    11. 11. a learning platform The more you use it, the better it gets: It learns as you do!
    12. 12. a scalable platform From tens or hundreds of thousands, down to the singular; to the individual learner.
    13. 13. User Experience
    14. 14. personalised experience Learning at my pace, in my own time, and on my own device(s).
    15. 15. a social experience Reflects the social, online behaviours and motivations of students.
    16. 16. This is about the role of the library in the future of (online) teaching and learning. MOOCs are our wake-up call!
    17. 17. 3 roles chapters for the library
    18. 18. 1. The curious case of the disappearing librarian
    19. 19. Librarians working behind the scenes of MOOCs: Resource discovery and IPR Understanding behaviours and motivations of online users: ‘Learning Black market’: http://www.jisc.ac.uk/whatwedo/projects/v isitorsandresidents.aspx
    20. 20. 2. A brief guide to selfpublishing
    21. 21. Library consortia sharing best practice and advice: http://www.publishingtoolkit.org/ Huddersfield Open Access Publishing: http://library.hud.ac.uk/blo gs/projects/hoap/
    22. 22. 3. Data, or: The small pieces that make an amazing experience.
    23. 23. Library Analytics and Metrics Project (LAMP): http://jisclamp.mimas.ac.uk LemonTree (Huddersfield): http://librarygame.co.uk
    24. 24. Further Reading… The Year of the MOOC (New York Times, 2012) MOOCs and Open Education (Cetis, 2013) ‘For Libraries, MOOCs bring Uncertainty and Opportunity’ (Chronicle, March 2013) MOOCs and Libraries Blog: http://moocsandlibraries.blogspot.co.uk
    25. 25. All images, and license information available from: unsplash.com

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