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MOOCs and Librarians


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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.

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MOOCs and Librarians

  1. 1. MOOCs & LibrariansACRLVirtual World Interest GroupFeb. 17th, 2013Panelists:Valerie Hill, PhDMichelle KebaIlene FrankGeorge Djorgovski
  2. 2. 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).
  3. 3. Coursera: Top Universities offer MOOCs
  4. 4. Advantages of MOOCs No cost (or low cost) Personal interest Convenient (no travel) Access to experts and global participants
  5. 5. Disadvantages of MOOCs Lack of assessment Accreditation & quality assurance Future of academic careers Potential for isolation
  6. 6. Can MOOCs provide high quality resources andopportunities to promote information literacy?
  7. 7. Role of Personal Responsiblity
  8. 8. Information Literacy in the Digital Age Intellectual freedom Intellectual property Critical inquiry Evaluation of content Navigation of the “flood”
  9. 9. 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.
  10. 10. Photo CreditsCreative Commons photos from: (librarytradition) (innovation) (moocblob) Anne Frank Mooc shot at the Islands of Enlightenment
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