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Penn State Libraries create research guides for MOOCs

“As MOOCs (massive online open courses) continue to gain in popularity, Penn State’s University Libraries have taken a proactive stance to provide research guides that will assist the teachers helping and the many students enrolled in the wide variety of classes. These free MOOCS typically include students who are not registered Penn State students, and thus may not use the libraries’ numerous licensed online databases or course reserve content restricted to Penn State credit classes.” (via Penn State Libraries)

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N.Y. Public Library Plans Face-to-Face ‘Classes’ for MOOC Students

“In a pilot program with Coursera, the New York Public Library plans to organize meet-ups at which people taking massive open online courses can gather and discuss the courses with help from “trained facilitators.” The partnership is part the MOOC company’s effort to build an infrastructure for in-person learning around its free online courses. Research has suggested that MOOC students who receive offline help earn higher scores on their assessments.” (via The Chronicle of Higher Education)

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UT-Austin and Cornell U. students question their institutions’ investments in MOOCs

“Cornell University and the University of Texas at Austin may have trumpeted their partnerships with — and pledged millions to — the massive open online course provider edX, but to no avail: Their students don’t seem to understand why. “A year after UT began rolling out nine Massive Online Open Courses, the results are in,” The Daily Texan wrote in a Jan. 29 editorial, which appears to have been inspired by a recent article in The Texas Tribune. Among the “results” are completion rates ranging from 1 to 13 percent, the lack of credit granting courses and the $150,000 to $300,000 production costs.” (via Inside Higher Ed)

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State Dept. blocks access to MOOCs in countries with economic sanctions

“Massive open online course providers have identified global expansion as one of the key goals of 2014, but a recent directive from the federal government has forced some of them to cut off access to students in certain countries. Federal regulations prohibit U.S. businesses from offering services to countries subject to economic sanctions — a list that includes Cuba, Iran, Syria and Sudan — but as recently as this month, students in those countries were still able to access Coursera’s MOOCs. When a student last week attempted to log in from a Syrian IP address, the website produced an error message…” (via Inside Higher Ed)

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Wake Forest University’s ZSR Library Launches Mini-MOOC

“Wake Forest University’s Z. Smith Reynolds Library, winner of the 2011 ACRL Excellence in Libraries Award, announces the launch of the latest entry in its innovative mini-MOOC series, ZSRx: Digital Publishing. This informal, three-week online course will explore the “past, present, and future perfect tenses” of e-books, self-publishing, and the digital publishing landscape.  Anyone interested in the intersection of books, technology, and commerce is sure to find this a fascinating exploration of the massive shift currently underway in the publishing world.” (via PRNewswire)

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