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MOOCs and Libraries: the good, the bad and the ugly

Friday July 12th, 2013 - Pullman Hotel, Central London

The one day event hosted by the Open University Library in partnership with OCLC Research and Jisc focused on the challenges MOOCs pose to the traditional delivery of library services, and the opportunities they offer for libraries to rethink and revitalise their proposition. Participants were brought up to speed with the latest MOOC developments around the world, with particular emphasis on developments in the UK. Speakers shared their experience of and thoughts about the impact MOOCs are having on library services across many sectors, on publishers, and on the higher education landscape.

The event builds on a highly successful workshop held in Philadelphia in March, sponsored by OCLC and the University of Pennsylvania at which the Open University was the only institution from outside North America.

The objectives of the day were:

  1. To raise awareness among librarians of the impact of MOOCs on their environment
  2. To share experience of libraries involved in MOOCs
  3. To discuss the strategic way forward for HE libraries in this changing landscape and develop a strategic roadmap


The Changing Face of MOOCs: Hugh Davis, Southampton University

Edinburgh (Coursera): Sian Bayne, University of Edinburgh

An overview of MOOCs and Libraries to date: Merrilee Proffit, OCLC Research

The experiences of a MOOC learner: Sally-Anne Betteridge, University of Birmingham

Workshop facilitated by Rachel Bruce and Ben Showers, Jisc – the outcomes from this session will be published here later in the year

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