MOOCs and Virtual Worlds

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a presentation for San Jose State University School of Library and Information Science


1.SJSU October 7, 2013 Valerie Hill, Phd Valibrarian 2. A MOOC is a massively open online course (usually free and without earning credit) aimed at large-scale participation and open access on the web. MOOCs can be described as webinars on steroids (Bell, 23). 3. First MOOC Offered in 2008 Connectivism and Connective Knowledge Created by George Siemens and Stephen Downes at the University of Manitoba 2008 Dave Cormier and Bryan Alexander coined the phrase Massive Open Online Course 4. 2012 marked the launch of three major providers of MOOCs, Udacity, Coursera, and edX 5. Founded by Stanford professors Sebastian Thrun, David Stavens, and Mike Sokolsky Includes 25 courses focused on business, mathematics, computer science and physics 6. Founded by computer science professors Andrew Ng and Daphne Koller from Stanford University Offers 455 courses from 81 partners in 25 different categories 7. MOOC platform founded in 2012 by MIT and Harvard Partners with 29 colleges and universities 75 courses are available for registration 8. xMOOCs vs. cMOOCs 9. Traditional course/lecture format Focus on knowledge duplication Emphasis on video presentations Follow a linear, instructor lead path Objective feedback from online quiz results 10. Based on the principles of Connectivism Focus on knowledge creation Emphasis on social networked learning Course path evolves from student input Crowd sourced learning through peer interaction 11. Courseras Gamification MOOC Courseras Metadata MOOC 12. MOOCs on Library and InformationTopics 13. Metadata MOOC Study Group 14. Connected Learning MOOC OnTwitter #clmooc Sponsored by the National Writing Project Anne Frank MOOC 15. Sponsored by the National Writing Project 16. Fall 2012 Educators met weekly for MOOC office hours onWed. evenings. Assignments presented in a 3D virtual world. Students enter the cramped annex where Anne lived in hiding during WWII. 17. Collaboration Across Distance Meeting for class in the park in Amsterdam 18. Both #Clmooc and Anne Frank MOOC reflection recorded in Google Hangouts. 19. No cost (or low cost) Personal interest Convenient (no travel) Access to experts and global participants 20. Lack of assessment Accreditation & quality assurance Future of academic careers Potential for isolation 21. Literature review Content curation Developing a PLN Joining online groups (ACRL MOOC listserv) 22. ACRL VirtualWorld Interest Group Feb. 17th, 2013 Panelists: Valerie Hill, PhD Michelle Keba Ilene Frank George Djorgovski 23. Student research and critical thinking skills are not so simply accomplished in this environment (Cantrell, 2013). Cantrells study demonstrates need for embedded librarianship. 24. one can readily see overlap between the MOOCs opportunity to provide global learning environments and the kindred opportunity for librarians to investigate and incorporate metaliteracies into the MOOC curriculum in collaboration with MOOC faculty (Cantrell, 2013). 25. Can a MOOC take place in a virtual world? Massive (virtual worlds can hold only so many avatars) Open (virtual worlds are open on a global scale) Online (virtual worlds are online) Courses (Courses can take place- both synchronous and asychronous) 26. Taking the library to new spaces Embedded librarians Redesigning our physical spaces Balancing tradition & innovation 27. Of course this puts the responsibility for information gathering, the validation of resources, and the learning process in the hands of learners themselves, and one should question if all adult learners are capable of taking on this responsibility (2012, Kop et al.). 28. It may be that the great age of libraries is waning, but I am here to tell you that the great age of librarians is just beginning. Its up to you to decide if you want to be a part of it. ~T. Scott Plutchak 29. Valerie Hill, PhD @valibrarian 30. Anne Frank MOOC. (2013). Anne Frank MOOC Reflection. LpnY6AhLw&feature=share [Accessed August 15, 2013]. Bell, M. (2012). Massive open online courses. Internet@schools, 19(5), 23-25. Cantrell, L. (2013). (in press) Internet Learning. CLmooc. (2013) #CLMOOC Make Cycle 4, Satuday Morning Hangout: Credos and Their Values [Accessed October 6, 2013] Crews, Kenneth. (2012). MOOCs, Distance Education, and Copyright: Two Wrong Questions to Ask. Columbia University Libraries Copyright Advisory Office. questions-to-ask/ [Accessed September 29, 2013]. Keba, M,. Rayl, H., Frank, I., and Hill. V. Massive Open Online Courses. [Accessed September 1, 2013]. Kop, R., Fournier, H., & Mak, J. (2011). A Pedagogy of Abundance or a Pedagogy to Support Human Beings? Participant Support on Massive Open Online Courses. International Review Of Research In Open And Distance Learning, 12(7), 74-93. [Accessed September 1, 2012]. Plutchak, T. Scott. 2007. The Librarian: Fantastic Adventures in the Digital World. Serials, 20(2), 87-91. Valibrarian. (20130. Anne Frank MOOC: a virtual learning experience [Accessed October 6, 2013]. References