Abstract

Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) are disrupting the traditional view of learning and the academy. Using technology, high-quality courses taught by some of the brightest minds are now available to unprecedented numbers of students. The university now has the potential to be in the computer. If the university is truly in the computer, what does that mean for the library?

In this plenary session, Meredith Schwartz from Library Journal shares highlights from her article “Massive Open Opportunity: Supporting MOOCs in Public and Academic Libraries,” with an emphasis on academic communities. Key topics include definitions, current and future trends, and the potential impact of MOOCs on the library’s role, financials, policies, and collections. From this paper, learn more about this growing phenomenon and how your library can be involved.

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10.5703/1288284315232

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If the University Is in the Computer, Where Does That Leave the Library? MOOCs Discovered

Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) are disrupting the traditional view of learning and the academy. Using technology, high-quality courses taught by some of the brightest minds are now available to unprecedented numbers of students. The university now has the potential to be in the computer. If the university is truly in the computer, what does that mean for the library?

In this plenary session, Meredith Schwartz from Library Journal shares highlights from her article “Massive Open Opportunity: Supporting MOOCs in Public and Academic Libraries,” with an emphasis on academic communities. Key topics include definitions, current and future trends, and the potential impact of MOOCs on the library’s role, financials, policies, and collections. From this paper, learn more about this growing phenomenon and how your library can be involved.