MOOCs and Libraries:
Massive Opportunity or Overwhelming Challenge?
This meeting featured thoughtful and provocative presentations about how libraries are already getting involved with MOOCs, and engaged attendees in discussions about strategic opportunities and challenges going forward. Tweet: #mooclib
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MOOCs, or Massive Open Online Courses, have become all the rage, with numerous institutions joining forces with Coursera, edX, FutureLearn, and other providers. The Babson Survey Research Group recently found that although 55 percent of institutions said they were undecided about their plans for offering MOOCs, 9.4 percent said they were in the planning stages of offering one, and 2.6 percent have already taken the plunge; the same survey showed the number of students taking at least one course online has reached an all-time high of 32 percent.
In this event, OCLC Research and the University of Pennsylvania Libraries presented thoughtful and provocative presentations about how libraries are already getting involved with MOOCs. In-person and remote attendees learned from the pioneers how library content and services can be represented in these new learning environments, and about opportunities for new discussions with partners in supporting learning on campus.
For more information, contact Merrilee Proffitt.
This entire event was streamed live on the web. The webcast recordings are available from the MOOCs and Libraries video playlist on the OCLC Research YouTube Channel. You'll also find links to the videos and presenters' slides throughout the agenda below. In addition, you can view the next steps document (.pdf: 124K/1 pp.) and the archived Tweets (pdf: 639K/32 pp.) from this event. Look to the OCLC Research blog, HangingTogether, for a short series of postings that recap presentation highlights and summarize outcomes from this event.
Monday, 18 March: MOOCs and Libraries, Day 1
|1:00-2:00 p.m.||Opening & Welcomes
|2:00-3:00 p.m.||Copyright, Licensing, Open Access
As courses are being offered online to a diverse and geographically distributed audience, what are the challenges for licensing and clearing copyright for materials used in courses? Are there opportunities for advancing the conversation on open access with faculty?
Production & Pedagogy
Download the slides for this session (12.9MB/20 slides)
|4:45-5:15 p.m.||Open Discussion
|5:30-7:00 p.m.||Reception for Attendees, Van Pelt-Dietrich Library
Tuesday, 19 March: MOOCs and Libraries, Day 2
|8:00-9:00 a.m.||Light Breakfast
New Opportunities for Librarians: What Happens When You Go Behind the Lines in a MOOC?
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|10:15-11:15 a.m.||Who Are the Masses? A View of the Audience
MOOCs are drawing thousands and even hundreds of thousands of attendees. What do we know about these learners? What might we discover? How might we change as a result?
Summary, Next Steps and Group Discussion