After writing Feeding hungry minds: Libraries and MOOCs I backed it up a few steps over at our work blog to cover in more detail What is a MOOC and Why Would I Take One? with a picture that was so much fun to work with. That preoccupied cow line just had to be written to support it, and that’s what I’m always going to think of MOOCs as since our 10 year old son bellowed ‘MOOOOOOC! MOOOOOOOC!’ when he saw what I was writing about. Speaking of distance education, I forgot to mention here that I wrote A Librarian’s Guide to Webcast Wrangling for Letters to a Young Librarian back in September – whoops! I hope it’s of help for librarians who are increasingly becoming involved with webcasts.
Back to MOOCs. The day after I wrote the work article, our Provost wrote about the University of Washington’s involvement in MOOCs. What was mentioned as the future of higher education in the opening keynote by Steven Bell at our Pacific Northwest Chapter of the Medical Library Association (PNC/MLA) Emerging Roles Symposium in Portland a few days later? MOOCS and the fact that just 6 months ago no one was really talking about them.
alt-librarian – where does a traditional librarian fit in? If someone’s in a MOOC, what kind of library support would this student get? UPenn is participating in Coursera MOOCs, are their students looking for library resources within them?
Another quote from Steven Bell that I liked is
If you want to create change, you have to be a leader willing to step outside traditional limits.