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A MOOL in a MOOC: Librarians in massive open online courses

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Your Name and Title: Laureen P. Cantwell, Instructional Services Librarian / Asst. Professor

Library, School, or Organization Name: University Libraries, the University of Memphis

Area of the World from Which You Will Present: United States

Language in Which You Will Present: English

Target Audience(s): Academic librarians, Administrators of academic libraries, those interested in MOOCs and their future

Short Session Description (one line): While MOOCs are trending, the discussion of librarians within MOOCs--and what their role does/might entail--is beginning to trend, too!

Full Session Description (as long as you would like): A "hot topic" in many educational settings, massive open online courses (MOOCs) are trending big time. In the Global Education Conference (2012), Laureen presented "What teachers can learn as students in MOOCs" - and it got her thinking: What about librarians in MOOCs? What would they be called? (She jokingly calls them "MOOLs.") What would it entail? Do faculty want it? What would their expectations be? ...And much more. After conducting a survey this Spring (May 15-July 1), Laureen digested the literature "out there" and digested the survey. After writing an article for Internet Learning (currently under peer-review), she's coming back to Library 2.013* to share her findings and hypotheses. Join her for an exciting, up-to-the-minute Library 2.013 session and share your thoughts!

*Laureen presented on "Life After Meebo" at the Library 2.012 Conference with Dr. Pam Dennis.

Websites / URLs Associated with Your Session: http://millenniallibrarian.weebly.com/.

Tags: 2.013Emerging, 2.013Evolving, 2.013Management

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A MOOL in a MOOC: Librarians in massive open online courses

  1. 1. A MOOL in a MOOC LIBRARIANS IN MASSIVE OPEN ONLINE COURSES
  2. 2. Let’s talk about MOOCs: • Massive Open Online Courses • Hot topic in global education • Controversial topic for proprietary/copyrighted resources • Source of debate for educators around the world
  3. 3. What’s so hot? What’s so controversial? • Faculty have wished for ways to participate in open education efforts • Brings opportunity for contact with (and education from) stellar institutions, long as you have an Internet connection • Distance learning on a global, tuition-less scale – is this a good thing? Or a devaluation of a college education? • CAN YOU REALLY LEARN IN A MOOC? • WHO’S LOOKING AFTER THE QUALITY OF MOOCs? (Do we care?)
  4. 4. 3 Quick Polls How many of you have participated in a MOOC as a student (I don’t care if you finished – only if you tried taking one) How many of you have completed a MOOC? How many of you are here because you are a librarian who wants to become part of a MOOC at their institution?
  5. 5. THE SURVEY
  6. 6. • Goals: – Faculty statuses – Faculty relationships with their libraries/librarians – MOOC Learning outcomes & IL goals – Librarians involvement in their MOOCs – Incentives for MOOCs, and impacts of incentives – Primary: Faculty vision for librarians &/in MOOCs
  7. 7. METHODS • MS Access database of Coursera courses, as of 5/15/2013 • Qualtrics survey, open 5/15/13 – 7/1/13 • Several interviews: • John Shank • Trey Martindale • Tim Bowen
  8. 8. Access Database Findings • The language of MOOCs – literally what language they’d be taught in • The hosts of MOOCs – higher ed and beyond • The geography of MOOCs – US and beyond, and partnerships • The disciplines of MOOCs – single- or multi-disciplinary • Gender of MOOC faculty – a reflection of academia at large? • The workload of MOOCs • The recent addition of “Signature Track” MOOCs on Coursera and the pricing (as of 5/15/13, $39-$79)
  9. 9. Qualtrics Survey Results • Vast majority of MOOC faculty: TENURED • Unclear understanding of what librarians might do for/in a MOOC • Clearer understandings of how librarians are involved on their campus – may lead to simplest first avenues to participation… • Resource Creation • Experts / Supporters in Course Content, Design, & Delivery • Librarian as Copyright and Access Knowledge Hubs
  10. 10. Resource Creation • Repurposing of existing instructional materials • Customized videos for use in MOOCs Course Content: Design & Delivery • Use of embedded librarians at home institution • Use of librarians from home institution in MOOCs
  11. 11. Copyright & Access • Librarians are already known as strong resources for this topic • As open access, Signature Track courses, and institutionally-run/hosted MOOCs grow: so will MOOC copyright discussions & permissions Additional Feedback • Use of embedded librarians at home institution • Use of librarians from home institution in MOOCs
  12. 12. Additional Feedback • Question 33 – regarding Coursera-provided librarians – Having a librarian play a role in your course (and its content, and successfulness, etc.) involves TRUST • Question 35 – additional thoughts and feedback – Let faculty think and write openly about possibilities – Relevant quotes from faculty at US and international institutions – Important to use librarian skills as librarians understand them; also critical to further hone librarian skills as faculty understand them • We need to work with and market STRENGTHS from both perspectives
  13. 13. Opportunities for FUTURE RESEARCH
  14. 14. IDEA 1: Predictability / Openness to librarian involvement in MOOCs based on MOOC faculty use of home institution’s librarians IDEA 2: As MOOCs for Humanities subjects increases, will librarian involvement in these MOOCs also increase? IDEA 3: Impact of expansion of CCC’s pilot with Stanford: Will these partnerships grow? How will students respond? How will MOOC faculty respond? Will students & faculty aim to circumvent fees? How will this impact open education?
  15. 15. IDEA 4: MOOC investments – platform-level and institution-level IDEA 5: Ways to strengthen engagement, accountability, ethics, and technology implementations in the MOOC learning environment. IDEA 6: Ways that librarians can use MOOCs to better their services.
  16. 16. Now it’s time for… FINAL REMARKS and Q&A
  17. 17. Thank you for attending – Keep in touch! Laureen P. Cantwell lcntwell@memphis.edu www.millenniallibrarian.weebly.com Connect on

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