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The Association of College and Research Librarians Virtual World Interest Group held a panel discussion on MOOCs and the impact on libraries, higher education, and information literacy.

The Association of College and Research Librarians Virtual World Interest Group held a panel discussion on MOOCs and the impact on libraries, higher education, and information literacy.



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  • MOOCs & LibrariansACRLVirtual World Interest GroupFeb. 17th, 2013Panelists:Valerie Hill, PhDMichelle KebaIlene FrankGeorge Djorgovski
  • What’s a MOOC? A MOOC is a massively open online course (usually free and without earning credit) aimed at large-scale participation and open access on the web.MOOCs can be described as “webinars on steroids” (Bell, 23).
  • Coursera: Top Universities offer MOOCs View slide
  • Advantages of MOOCs No cost (or low cost) Personal interest Convenient (no travel) Access to experts and global participants View slide
  • Disadvantages of MOOCs Lack of assessment Accreditation & quality assurance Future of academic careers Potential for isolation
  • Can MOOCs provide high quality resources andopportunities to promote information literacy?
  • Role of Personal Responsiblity
  • Information Literacy in the Digital Age Intellectual freedom Intellectual property Critical inquiry Evaluation of content Navigation of the “flood”
  • Anne Frank MOOC Students “enter” the cramped annex where Anne Frank lived in hiding.Fall 2012Educators met weekly for MOOCoffice hours on Wed. evenings.Assignments presented ina 3D virtual world.
  • Photo CreditsCreative Commons photos from: (librarytradition) (innovation) (moocblob) Anne Frank Mooc shot at the Islands of Enlightenment
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