Online Learning Update

July 21, 2014

The hope and hype of MOOCs

Filed under: Online Learning News — Ray Schroeder @ 12:03 am

by OCLC Next Space

The wave of excitement and offerings arsound MOOCs is causing libraries to think about the place of open, online learning in their overall mission. Traditionally, libraries have provided access to library services and scholarly resources with an appropriate level of currency, depth and breadth to support the institution’s mission, core themes, programs and services. Distance learning students were entitled to the same library services and resources, including direct communication with librarians, as on-campus students. Should libraries support MOOCs, even though many of the class participants won’t even be attending their university? MOOC enrollments can far outnumber traditional university course enrollment, and many of the participants are not traditional college-age students. Ray Schroeder, who has directed MOOCs with students in 70 countries, believes the role of the library is essential for a successful MOOC experience. “The library can serve as the anchor, that physical anchor with people to help students identify the resources that they need to complete classes.”

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