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Libraries, MOOCs . And the State of Online Education. Judith Thomas Director, Arts and Media Services University of Virginia Library. POSSIBLE LIBRARY ROLES. Provide information resources; Consult with faculty on finding and using resources;

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Libraries moocs

Libraries, MOOCs

And the State of Online Education

Judith Thomas

Director, Arts and Media Services

University of Virginia Library


Libraries moocs

POSSIBLE LIBRARY ROLES

Provide information resources;

Consult with faculty on finding and using resources;

Support the production of course content and the use of online learning tools;

Support student learning through targeted interactions;

Collect and preserve our institutional history.


Libraries moocs

POSSIBLE LIBRARY ROLES

1. PROVIDE INFORMATION RESOURCES

STRENGTH: This is what we do!

WEAKNESS: Current licenses are too restrictive; open access scholarship is still limited; collections budgets are not aligned with potential new costs.

Problems blending residential and global students: FERPA and other complications.


Libraries moocs

POSSIBLE LIBRARY ROLES

1. PROVIDE INFORMATION RESOURCES

OPPORTUNITIES: Promote new era of scholarly communication; strengthen fair use through selective application; negotiate licenses more favorable to online education.

THREAT: Drain of collection budgets, including for low-quality textbooks (forecasted for MOOCs).


Libraries moocs

POSSIBLE LIBRARY ROLES

2. CONSULT WITH FACULTY ON FINDING AND USING RESOURCES

STRENGTHS: Strongly aligned with our mission.

WEAKNESSES: Librarians unfamiliar with non-traditional materials, e.g. interactive modules, simulations, animations, GIS-based resources, video, open source content; unfamiliar with how to deploy these materials effectively.


Libraries moocs

POSSIBLE LIBRARY ROLES

2. CONSULT WITH FACULTY ON FINDING AND USING RESOURCES

OPPORTUNITIES: Expand knowledge about new forms of information; receive recognition for this new knowledge; participate in high-profile institutional endeavor; improve residential courses.

THREATS: Heavier workloads for overburdened librarians; chronic support problems as a result of relying on immature technologies, frequent format changes, unreliable providers.


Libraries moocs

POSSIBLE LIBRARY ROLES

3. SUPPORT THE PRODUCTION OF COURSE CONTENT AND THE USE OF ONLINE LEARNING TOOLS

STRENGTHS: Media/Maker/Production labs already engaged in support of innovative teaching and learning.

WEAKNESSES: Uneven in-house expertise in instructional design, instructional technology, production technologies and spaces.


Libraries moocs

POSSIBLE LIBRARY ROLES

3. SUPPORT THE PRODUCTION OF COURSE CONTENT AND THE USE OF ONLINE LEARNING TOOLS

OPPORTUNITIES: Develop capacity in a growing area; attract funding from other areas of the University; provide professional development opportunities to staff.

THREATS: Inadequate and uncertain resourcing could derail early efforts to create “maker spaces.”


Libraries moocs

POSSIBLE LIBRARY ROLES

4. SUPPORT STUDENT LEARNING THROUGH TARGETED INTERACTIONS.

STRENGTHS: Strongly aligned with our mission.

WEAKNESSES: Providing research and critical thinking training to a class of 50 is one thing, to a class of 50,000, another! Inadequate resources to scale learning support.


Libraries moocs

POSSIBLE LIBRARY ROLES

4. SUPPORT STUDENT LEARNING THROUGH TARGETED INTERACTIONS.

OPPORTUNITIES: Strengthen support for residential courses through experimentation with online methods, high profile involvement in priority initiative; identification of librarians with student success.

THREATS: Inability to scale could lead to burnout, unimpressive outcomes.


Libraries moocs

POSSIBLE LIBRARY ROLES

5. COLLECT AND PRESERVE INSTITUTIONAL HISTORY

STRENGTHS: Strongly aligned with our mission to collect and preserve; star faculty often create MOOCs; significant investment means high production values.

WEAKNESSES: Significant demands on infrastructure, particularly in terms of storage and technical services; often impossible to collect all course products (e.g. by terms of Coursera license).


Libraries moocs

POSSIBLE LIBRARY ROLES

5. COLLECT AND PRESERVE INSTITUTIONAL HISTORY

OPPORTUNITIES: Capture significant moment in history of higher ed; allow continued access for residential students; develop stronger profile for institutional repository; collaborate with others on shared solutions.

THREATS: Significant processing and storage demands (est. 2 TB per course, highly variable) could crowd out other preservation priorities.


Libraries moocs

University of Virginia Library is…

  • Investigating our institutional commitment to and plans for MOOCs;

  • Embedding librarians in two new MOOCs;

  • Providing subject librarian expertise;

  • Creating a preservation and access plan for the videos;

  • Consulting on the development of learning objects and instructional design, esp. on joint MOOC/residential courses;

  • Developing our institutional repository and promoting other open access solutions.


Libraries moocs

Every library should:

  • Research and share “reports” from the field, including information on strategies and tools;

  • Engage general counsel, subject librarians and digital staff on all five areas of service;

  • Become involved in institutional discussions of online learning, at all levels of the organization: is this an institutional priority?;

  • Treat all MOOC support efforts as R&D; don’t be afraid of failure; be prepared to report out as part of ongoing library conversation on this phenomenon.