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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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Brown to Present MOOC Successes at Blackboard Leadership Conference

“The planning, design, and implementation processes behind two Massive Online Open Courses (MOOCs) offered by the School of Information Studies (iSchool)—and their successful outcomes—will be the subject of a presentation at an educational leadership conference in London this week. Peggy Brown, director of learning systems and an adjunct instructor at the iSchool, will provide fellow professionals a look at the before and after efforts that went into the implementation of two MOOCs, “An Introduction to Data Science with R,” and “New Librarianship: The Master Class,” both offered by the School this year. Her presentation to a group of online education professionals and educators at the autumn gathering of the Blackboard Education Leadership Forum will focus on the elements that produced successful outcomes. Brown expects to illustrate the planning, promotion, enrollment, engagement, implementation, and follow-up processes that produced the higher-than-normal participation and completion rates the School experienced.” (via The School of Information Studies – Syracuse University)

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Analysis suggests MOOCs will be more disruptive than open access journals

“Supporters of open-access journals and massive open online courses have been quick to label their initiatives disruptive, but a recent analysis by a York University professor suggests only one of them has the potential to spark considerable change, while the other is likely to remain an alternative alongside traditional offerings. “Disruptive” has become one of higher education reformers’ favorite adjectives, jostling with “innovative” and “revolutionary” for the top spot. To mark Open Access Week, Richard Wellen, associate professor of business and society at York University in Canada, examines the degree to which open access alternatives in scholarship and research can change their respective areas within higher education. (via Inside Higher Ed)

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Elsevier to Provide Textbooks for Five New edX MOOCs

“Elsevier, a world-leading provider of scientific, technical and medical information products and services, today announced that it has agreed to provide edX with Elsevier science and technology book content for up to five massive open online courses (MOOC). EdX offers online learning to students on campus and millions of people around the world with its open-source platform. Elsevier will provide textbook content for free online as part of the course materials and will offer a discount to purchase the print or electronic version of the text to those enrolled in the MOOC.” (via Elsevier)

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After weeks of delays, San Jose State U. releases research report on online courses

“San Jose State University on Wednesday quietly released the full research report on the for-credit online courses it offered this spring through the online education company Udacity. The report, marked by delays and procedural setbacks, suggests it may be difficult for the university to deliver online education in this format to the students who need it most.” (via Inside Higher Ed)

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New Research Effort Aims to Examine Effectiveness of MOOCs

“As more and more colleges experiment with massive open online courses, or MOOCs, a new project hopes to cut through the hype and gauge the effectiveness of the courses. The MOOC Research Initiative, financed by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, will award grants of $10,000 to $25,000 to researchers seeking to explore issues such as student experiences in MOOCs and the free courses’ systemic impact.” (via The Chronicle of Higher Education)

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