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McKiernan, Gerard [LIB] gerrymck at IASTATE.EDU
Sun May 19 17:42:54 EDT 2013


IMHO > Most Excellent !!!


1> Massive Open Opportunity: Supporting MOOCs in Public and Academic Libraries

If you’re an academic librarian, you’re probably already awash, at least peripherally, in news about MOOCs—massive open online courses have been touted as the next big thing in higher ed since they burst on the scene about a year ago. If you’re a public librarian, on the other hand, you may not even have heard of them. Yet MOOCs are bringing unprecedented challenges and opportunities to both kinds of libraries already, and they’re only going to grow.

What is a MOOC
Why would they need the library?
Supporting production
Supporting students
Measuring a MOOC
The Library as Content Creator
MOOCs and the public library
MOOCs for librarianship

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2> Librarians: Your Most Valuable MOOC Supporters

What about libraries? That’s the question on our minds as the world declares its love for massive open online courses, or MOOCs. Libraries are a major part of universities, but they’re almost entirely missing from the MOOC conversation. That’s a big mistake.

Libraries offer resources, from research to licensing support, that are essential to the future of MOOCs as they grow both in numbers and in seriousness. As MOOCs become an increasingly valid and valuable resource, it’s clear that they can benefit from another great educational resource: librarians.

The MOOC Library


The MOOC Challenge


What MOOC Librarians Can Do

Take a MOOC
Become a Part of MOOC Development
Offer licensing and access support.Develop course research guides.
Create library MOOCs.


"We’re at the beginning, not the end,” Proffitt says. MOOCs have a lot to offer students and the future of online higher education, and librarians are in a great position to help this fledgling resource grow in depth and quality. There’s so much librarians can do, and there are many opportunities for development.

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Gerry McKiernan
Associate Professor
Science and Technology Librarian
Iowa State University
152 Parks Library
Ames IA 50011<>


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