Monday, March 31, 2014

Environmental Scan of OERs, MOOCs, and Libraries

A couple of weeks ago a free pdf was published by ACRL:
Kazakoff-Lane, C. (2014) Environmental Scan of OERs, MOOCs, and Libraries: What Effectiveness and Sustainability Means for Libraries’ Impact on Open Education. ACRL.
The blurb says that "this research report introduces and provides background on the open educational resources (OER) and massive open online course (MOOC) movements and investigates the effectiveness and challenges to sustainability of each." There was some discussion on the ili-l list about the perspective taken on MOOCs and OERs, but it seems to me a fair summary of recent history and current perspectives. The only criticism I could have is that it doesn't really set them in the context of the research & practice of e-learning and blended overall, though that isn't exactly uncommon when discussing MOOCs.
Photo by Sheila Webber: Industrial works, beside the Thames, Greenwich, March 2014

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