Massive Open Online Courses as Drivers for Change

At the December 2012 Coalition for Networked Information meeting, I described some of the ways Duke’s experiments with Massive Open Online Courses are shaping conversations at Duke and in other areas of higher education.  Duke’s goals in experimenting with MOOCs are to drive teaching innovation in both campus-based and online courses, to share Duke’s knowledge in service to society and to expand Duke’s reach and reputation in a global environment. This presentation provides an overview of Duke’s activities with Coursera, the impact of MOOCs on library planning and academic technology support, the rapidly evolving format of MOOC courses and implications for campus-based courses in the near future. The talk is now available on CNI’s two video channels.



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Author: Lynne O Brien, Ph.D.

Lynne O’Brien is Director of Academic Technology and Instructional Services for Perkins Library at Duke University. She works with faculty, librarians, campus IT planners and academic technology groups around the country to develop programs to support the use of technology in teaching and research initiatives. Her interests include strategic planning for libraries and for academic technology, open access and open source educational materials and mobile learning.