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Moo cs and libraries bc faculty day 2014

  1. 1. MOOCs and Libraries What have they got to do with each other? Prof. Beth Evans Brooklyn College Library
  2. 2. “The British Library has announced its intention to join the UK’s Mooc platform FutureLearn Ltd, offering participants of its online courses access to the Library’s unique digitised resources.” - February 18, 2013 “FutureLearn…. will be taking up residency in the British Library as part of a commercial leasing agreement…. Steve Morris, the British Library’s Chief Financial Officer, said ‘As an organisation with higher education and digital innovation at its core, FutureLearn are a natural fit as a tenant of the Library, and we look forward to welcoming them to the building.’” – January 13, 2014 In Great Britain …
  3. 3. And here in New York …
  4. 4. Library products being built with MOOCs in mind SIPX, e-reserves software, prices per-use based on user’s profile, so that international users are charged accordingly
  5. 5. Adapting Library Units – Heading in a MOOC-friendly Direction • Reference – answering questions for non-BC students (we do this already with cooperative chat services) • Instruction – online research tutorials • Building collections – favoring electronic journals and books • Special collections – unique content, often not in copyright, suitable for course enhancement, of interest to outside community • Tech services – work for new licensing options • Access services – who can use the physical space and collections? • AIT – Tools for building MOOCs
  6. 6. Library Roles • Content creation (work with AIT) • Content storage (locally produced and institutional repositories) • Content discovery • Content procurement & ownership (practical and advisory) – Subscription licensing – Open access – Navigating copyright and fair use • User instruction and support
  7. 7. Library Roles: Content Discovery • OA Journals, Articles & Repositories • Open Educational Resources (OER) • MOOCs
  8. 8. Library Roles (Practical & Advisory): Content Procurement & Ownership • What you create: who owns it? • What others create: can you use it? • MOOC as content generating engine (student data): what can be done with this? FERPA issues
  9. 9. Content You Create • Work for hire • Teacher exemption • Using campus resources • Multiple creators • Conflict of interest / use of time • Competing with other offerings of the institutions • Taking content away with you • Making a profit on the content
  10. 10. Using the Content of Others: Copyright & Fair Use Tips • Be conservative in estimating fair use • Ask for permissions • Sell the idea of use as a benefit to creator – e.g.: more students will buy a publisher’s book; look for “light” versions of textbooks • Mine the public domain; use links rather than downloading • Don’t use content purely for decorative purposes, or if it is not germane to what is being taught
  11. 11. Fair Use Guidance in the Face of Uncertainty • What are the copyright rules when it comes to delivering course materials to tens of thousands of individuals worldwide? • Does it matter if content will be beamed to a country without fair use principles in its copyright regime? • Does fair use fail if the platform provider is explicitly for profit? • Does an institution’s not‐for‐profit status as the content creator continue to support fair use under the first fair use factor? • Does this balance tilt again if the institution has begun to explore “monetization” options? From Madelyn Wessel
  12. 12. Surviving As an Instructor in a MOOC Environment - Preferencing Open Access Content: Examples of Teaching & Library Challenges from Real Life 1. Peer-reviewed journal articles on the web 2. Videos on Youtube
  13. 13. Peer-reviewed Journal Article • Students are assigned this article to read: Chiasson M, Findley S, McLeod N, et al. Changing WIC changes what children eat. Obesity (Silver Spring, Md.) [serial online]. July 2013;21(7):1423-1429. • First, find the Journal in the Library E-Journal Finder: See: Obesity (Silver Spring, Md.) (1930-7381) • EMBARGO! from 01/01/2009 to 1 year ago in MEDLINE with Full Text
  14. 14. • Is this article out there on the web somewhere? • Search Google: Chiasson Findley McLeod Changing WIC
  15. 15. Google link takes us straight to the open access conference paper, but this as the context is not yet clear.
  16. 16. Will the course instructor who assigned the article accept the conference paper instead?
  17. 17. But I Found it on Youtube! • Assignment for students to watch Powell and Pressburger films • BC library collection is limited • Students will find some of these (illegally uploaded on Youtube (Oh…Rosalinda!) • Should faculty direct them to this source?
  18. 18. Can you, with good conscience, support MOOCs and not support open access? Jason Mittell, “The Real Digital Change Agent.” “I am fascinated by the contrasting rhetoric between the rapid-boil fervor over MOOCs and the barely simmering apathy for open-access policies, especially at the institutional level. MOOCs are often touted in university news releases as being motivated by the desire to increase access to work of faculty freely across the globe.… Fewer than 20 percent of the American institutions that have formed partnerships with Coursera [the MOOC provider] are also members of Coapi [Coalition of Open Access Policy Institutions ]. That seems downright hypocritical to me, as opening access to faculty research would help level hierarchies and tear down boundaries between academics and the public, between major research universities and less-wealthy institutions, and between the developed and developing worlds. Access to the average journal article might do little to change the world. But making the bulk of scholarly research freely available could transform the possibilities of educational uplift, scientific discovery, and public engagement with academic work.”
  19. 19. Thank you!