Wednesday, May 15, 2013

May: Goodbye Cybrarians, Hello Moocbrarians: Envisioning the Role of Librarians in Massive Online Open Courses

ACRL e-learning webcast

Wednesday, May 22 (1:00 – 2:30 p.m. Central)

Technology is enabling higher education to change more in the next ten years than it has in the past hundred. Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) are one such technological innovation and have generated a lot of press in the past year. This live, interactive webcast will focus on the role of the librarian in these online courses.  Examine what librarians are currently doing to provide support for these institutional course offerings and discuss possible future roles that librarians can play as MOOCs move from the margins to the mainstream.
Learning Outcomes:
  • Learn about current library efforts to support MOOCs (e.g. copyright and licensing).
  • Learn about new strategic challenges that MOOCs present for libraries (e.g. scale and remote services for diverse course demographics).
  • Learn about new strategic opportunities that MOOCs present for libraries (e.g. information literacy instruction and Open Educational Resources (OERs).
Presenter: John D. Shank, Instructional Design Librarian, Associate Director of the Center for Learning and Teaching (CLT), Instructor in Communication Arts & Sciences, Penn State Berks; Co-founder of The Blended Librarian
Complete details including the full webcast description, learning outcomes, and registration materials are available online.  Contact Margot Conahan at or call (312) 280-2522 with questions.

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