Moocs and Academic Libraries

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This is the presentation I gave for the ACRL webcast on 5/22. "Technology is enabling Higher Education to change more in the next ten years than it has in the past hundred. Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) are potentially one such technological innovation and have generated a lot of press in the past year. This live, interactive webcast will focus on the role of the librarian in these online courses. First, we will examine what librarians are currently doing to provide support for these institutional course offerings. Next, we will discuss possible future roles that librarians can play as MOOCs move from the margins to the mainstream."

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Moocs and Academic Libraries

  1. 1. Goodbye Cybrarians,Hello Moocbrarians:Envisioning the Role of Librarians inMOOCsJohn D. ShankInstructional Design Librarian @ Penn State BerksAssociate Director of the Center for Learning and Teaching (CLT)Co-founder of The Blended Librarian http://blendedlibrarian.org/
  2. 2. PART I: 60,000 Foot View© 2011 Jeff Tzucker
  3. 3. Quick PollWhat problems do MOOCs solve?a. Accessb. Costc. Recruitmentd. All the above
  4. 4. Shirkys Insight..."It’s been interesting watchingthis unfold in music, books,newspapers, TV, but nothinghas ever been as interestingto me as watching it happenin my own backyard. Highereducation is now beingdisrupted; our MP3 is themassive open online course(or MOOC), and our Napsteris Udacity, the educationstartup"
  5. 5. Is Higher Education Broken?
  6. 6. Shifting PerceptionsMOOCs reflect and reinforce:- Elite education for the masses- Cost savings- Commoditization- ?
  7. 7. Where is the library?The challenge activity... answer the followingquestion:What assumptions may exist about the futureof libraries in a MOOC world?
  8. 8. PART II: The InformationLandscape© 2011 Jeff TzuckerFROM THISTO THISPART II:The Information Landscape
  9. 9. Quick PollHave you signed up for a MOOC?a. Yesb. Noc. Plan to
  10. 10. 60 Second HistorycMOOCs & xMOOCshttps://s3.amazonaws.com/infographics/Dark-Side-of-MOOCs-800.png
  11. 11. 60 Seconds Morehttp://www.infographicszone.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/the-history-of-distance-learning.jpg
  12. 12. Quick PollThe technology that enables MOOCs hasexisted for?a. Over a decadeb. Less than a decade
  13. 13. MOOCs as Platform
  14. 14. THE RCA of MOOCsResource Sharing (i.e. videos)Communications (i.e. chat boards)Assessment (i.e. quizzes, activities)NEW: Analytics (i.e. student interaction/stats)Establishing our presence in courseware: Adding library services to the virtual classroom
  15. 15. PART III:Adapting/Transforming© 2011 Jeff Tzucker“Change. Adapt. Bend so as not to be broken. Letopportunity guide your actions.”- Wayne Gerard Trotman
  16. 16. Quick PollMOOCs student completion rates areapproximately?a. 75%b. 50%c. 25%d. 10%
  17. 17. Start with Asking WHY?
  18. 18. The Problem is Changing
  19. 19. The Problem is Changing“Its now ridiculously easy … to connect,organize, share, collaborate, and publish withanybody to anybody in the world.” “...we haveto move from knowledgeable—that is justknowing a bunch of stuff—to being actuallyknowledge-able; thats being able to find, sort,analyze, criticize, and ultimately create newinformation and knowledge.”- Michael WeschBlended Librarianship: [Re]Envisioning the Role of Librarian as Educator in the Digital Information Age
  20. 20. Next... Ask WHAT?
  21. 21. Library MOOC SupportDuke: Duke librarians aid MOOCs with technology, researchhttp://www.dukechronicle.com/articles/2013/04/04/duke-librarians-aid-moocs-technology-researchWake Forest: ZSRx: The MOOC that wasn’t a MOOChttp://cloud.lib.wfu.edu/blog/gazette/2013/05/10/zsrx-library-mooc/Georgia Tech: MOOCs: More Questions Than AnswersCatherine Murray-Rust (Georgia Tech)Penn: Coursera and MOOCS - Penn Libraries Guides & MOOCs andLibraries: Massive Opportunity or Overwhelming - OCLChttp://guides.library.upenn.edu/content.php?pid=244413&sid=3375306 & http://www.oclc.org/research/events/2013/03-18.htmlUC Berkeley & Brown: For Libraries, MOOCs Bring Uncertaintyand Opportunityhttp://chronicle.com/blogs/wiredcampus/for-libraries-moocs-bring-uncertainty-and-opportunity/43111
  22. 22. What are We Doing?- Serving new populations- Copyright clearance/licensing- Providing scholarly materials- Teaching research & IL skills- Providing course research guides- Finding Open Educational Resources (OERs)Interactive Open Educational Resources: A Guide to Finding, Choosing and Using What’sOut There to Transform College Teaching
  23. 23. WHAT IF?The challenge activity... answer the followingquestion:What could libraries be doing?
  24. 24. Ultimately... Ask HOW?
  25. 25. HOW to Accomplish it?Relevant Library Metaphors...Social Technology Tools/SystemsDesign & EngagementConnections & RelationshipsInnovate & Create
  26. 26. Flip It!
  27. 27. Convergence
  28. 28. Renovate or New Construction?
  29. 29. Next Steps...Connect + Build = Grow Together:https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1s99gtl0gdqVuXPfiESYWSVuTE8r2YhbXJgPlG0wEgh8/edit?usp=sharingJoin the Google Group MOOCs andLibrarianship
  30. 30. Resources...I will be adding all of the best resources I haveread or link to in the next few days. Feel free tosuggest and add resources too.
  31. 31. Resources Continued

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