ALA > MW > 2014 > MOOC Events

McKiernan, Gerard [LIB] gerrymck at IASTATE.EDU
Thu Jan 23 14:49:20 EST 2014

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ALA > MW > 2014 > OCLC Enhance Sharing Session> January 25 2014 > 10:30 AM - Noon


Pennsylvania Convention Center / 104 B


The importance, accessibility and cost of education is on the minds of everyone today--administrators, faculty, librarians, politicians and parents. In this environment, MOOCs seem to offer a lifeline to schools and communities seeking to reinvent education and lifelong learning in the Internet Age.  But the conversation about MOOCs is complex and evolving. New partnerships are being formed to deliver tools and curriculum. New business models are emerging. Questions about accreditation and measurement abound. Do MOOCs represent a sea-change for both public and academic libraries? Or just a new twist on distance learning? Join OCLC at the ALA Midwinter symposium for a lively debate among MOOC practitioners, promoters… and skeptics.

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ALA > MW > AASL > 2014 > Is There a MOOC in Your Future? > January 26 2014 > 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM


Pennsylvania Convention Center / 102 A


MOOCs, Massive Online Open Courses, are often offered free or nominal cost and allow hundred, even thousands, of students easy access to lectures from faculty without registering with the university. What do these mean for the future of education and what should the role of librarians/library educators be in their implementation? A panel and discussion about the many issues surrounding MOOCs in terms of librarian’s support for patrons, support for implementation of MOOCs through resources, technology, and local support groups, the possibilities for offering our content through a MOOC, and opportunities for our own continuing education.

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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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