Register to Attend "MOOCs and Libraries: Massive Opportunity or Overwhelming Challenge?" 18-19 March in Philadelphia, PA

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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 showed 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.

Please join OCLC Research and the University of Pennsylvania Libraries at the Hall of Flags, Perelman Quadrangle, for thoughtful and provocative presentations about how libraries are already getting involved with MOOCs. Whether your institution is already on board or on the fence, you’ll learn 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. Potential themes include:

  • 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
    How libraries and academic support offices contribute to MOOC-related course production options—a view on how technology helps and hinders, and how pedagogy may need to shift in a new environment. What are we learning about teaching, what works, and what doesn't?

  • Embedded librarians: what can happen when librarians go behind the lines in a MOOC?
    As we learn about new platforms and new modes of working, librarians are going into the trenches to see for themselves how MOOCs work. How do library resources and research skills fit into this new and evolving picture? What can we learn from the data we can mine from these platforms?

  • 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?

Meeting details, including a link to the registration form, are available on the MOOCs and Libraries: Massive Opportunity or Overwhelming Challenge? event page on the OCLC Research website. Additional information will be posted on the event page as it becomes available, but for now you are encouraged to register to secure your spot at this free event. Contact Senior Program Officer Merrilee Proffitt with questions.

For more information:

Merrilee Proffitt
Senior Program Officer
OCLC Research

Melissa Renspie
Senior Communications Officer
OCLC Research


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MOOCs and Libraries: Massive Opportunity or Overwhelming Challenge?