Magazine article Texas Library Journal

Building Learning Communities for Librarians Engaging in MOOCs

Magazine article Texas Library Journal

Building Learning Communities for Librarians Engaging in MOOCs

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What are MOOC's?

Many academic institutions are now offering select courses online with enrollment available to anyone with a computer. These courses - called Massive, Open, Online Courses, or MOOCs (/mu:k/) - are a great way for librarians to brush up on old skills or learn new ones.

There are several providers offering MOOCs. Two of the largest and most well know are Coursera (https://www. coursera.org/) and edX (https://www. edx.org). Both offer a mix of scheduled and self-paced courses. Most courses are accessible free of charge, though you will have to pay for a certificate.

Building Learning Communities

While edX and Coursera both provide you ways to interact with your fellow classmates, it's always good to have a group of peers to work with, and TLA wants to help you build learning communities with your fellow librarians. …

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