Cameron Barnes / Australian Academic & Research Libraries 44, no. 3 (2013): 1-13
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The purpose of this article is to provide Australian academic librarians with an introduction to Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs). It begins with an overview of the evolution of the MOOC, including developments in Australia over recent months. The article then reviews the emerging literature on librarians’ roles in the MOOC context. Finally, this paper concludes by considering the possible impact of future changes in copyright law on MOOCs in Australia.
MOOCs are now a part of the Australian higher education scene, with a number of competing local models, as different institutions explore alternatives. In this evolving environment, librarians have a critical role to play in the development and support of local MOOCs. They can offer advice on a range of topics: content licensing, copyright, accessibility and information literacy support. There are also areas where librarians might seek to influence institutional policies. Librarians should not hesitate to alert course developers as to the benefits of using open access materials or releasing MOOCs under open licence. In addition, MOOCs present librarians with new opportunities to evaluate how they can best teach information literacy skills in the online environment. Fortunately,
librarians can now call upon a growing body of research to assist in developing appropriate
responses to these challenges.
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