There are lots of interesting things floating around in my RSS feeds, Yammer and Twitter about the role of librarians and MOOCs.
Howard, Jennifer; For Libraries, MOOCs Bring Uncertainty and Opportunity, The Chronicle of Higher Education. The Chronicle of Higher Education (March 25, 2013). Here’s a quote….
“Ms. O’Brien had one piece of basic advice for librarians wondering what to make of MOOC mania: Take a MOOC or two to see what they’re really like. “You can’t be a valued adviser if you don’t understand what it takes to do one of these courses,” she told the audience.”
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Some that might be of particular interest to librarians…
- Metadata: organizing and discovering information – starts September 2013 (8 weeks)
- Hyperlinked Library MOOC – starts September 2013
- Surviving disruptive technologies – started 3 days ago, but looks like you an still sign up. 2-4 hours per week for 7 weeks
- Introduction to data science – May 2013 (8 weeks)
- Globalizing Higher Education and Research for the ‘Knowledge Economy” – Jan 2014 (8 weeks)
- Apps for Librarians & Educators ($125)
- Accessibility features of iOS for the iPad and iPhone
- How to write a thesis ($12)
- Responsible Computing – sounds interesting to see how they ‘develop foundational computing and information literacy’ for college freshmen
- The Economics of Information: Strategy, Structure and Pricing
- Digital Learning Transition
But you could choose one on any topic you like:
- How to listen to orchestras
- Introduction to guitar
- Message of the image
- Polite Puppy Dog Training Classes
Have you enrolled in a MOOC? What was it like? Have you asked your employer to fund a MOOC for professional development? How did that go?