Report: “MOOCs and the Library: Engaging with Evolving Pedagogy”

We’re continuing to share a selection of papers that will be presented at the upcoming IFLA World Library and Information Congress that will take place next month in Singapore.

Title

MOOCs and the Library: Engaging with Evolving Pedagogy

Author

Mariellen Calter, Assistant University Librarian & Chief of Staff, Stanford University Libraries

Abstract

The emergence of the Massively Open Online Course, or MOOC, has been a topic of considerable analysis and discussion in
academic circles in recent years, and is not infrequently mentioned as a disruptive technology in higher education. As
Stanford University has been prominent in the development of MOOC platforms, both the university as a whole and the
Stanford University Libraries have a particular interest in understanding the potential for and impacts of this platform.

This paper briefly outlines the emergence of MOOCs within the context of online learning tools and distance learning, looks at how Stanford University as a whole, and the Stanford Libraries in particular, are integrating these technologies
in their pedagogy.