Monday, March 18, 2013

Proactive Librarian MOOC Engagement: Identification of Candidate Open Access Learning Materials and Textbooks for Massive Open Online Courses

Colleagues/

There is true potential for librarians to become proactively engaged in MOOCs but identifying candidate Open Access learning materials and textbooks for current (and future) MOOC courses,

The process:

1)  For each course, identify the non-Open Access learning materials and textbooks.

2)  Identify potential possible alternatives, using existing directories and search end sites, many of which have populated the _OATS: Open Access Textbooks_ LibGuide (http://instr.iastate.libguides.com/oats), or other methods.

3) Create a spreadsheet (or database) for each propriety resource and their potential alternative, with an indication as to who has adopted the alternative.

4) Inform MOOC instructors of possible alternatives.

I envision a meta-organization of subject librarians from each library professional organization as well as members of a range of professions collaborating in identifying these information alternatives.

IMHO: An opportunity for libraries to get in on the ground floor in a transformational educational phenomena !

Your Thoughts ?

BTW: I believe this initiative can also serve as the foundation of individual institutional efforts.

/Gerry

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