From the Syracuse U. iSchool:
“The vision for a new librarianship must go beyond finding library-related uses for information technology and the Internet,” explains Professor R. David Lankes, course architect and instructor. “It must provide a durable foundation for the field.”
The MOOC will examine librarianship and library practice using the fundamental concept that knowledge is created through conversation. “New librarians approach their work as facilitators of conversation,” says Lankes. “Through this course, they will learn how to better capture, store, and disseminate the conversations of their communities.”
Lankes’ book, The Atlas of New Librarianship, will serve as the text for the course, which will feature Lankes and three other iSchool faculty members (Jill Hurst-Wahl, Megan Oakleaf and Jian Qin) as instructors and moderators. MIT Press will provide participants in the course with a 20% discount on the book.
The course is available for free online, and begins on July 8. Participation in the course can also lead to Continuing Education Units (CEU’s) for an additional fee, or graduate academic credit with additional work and tuition.
To register for the MOOC, visit the New Librarian Master Class web page.
More than 800 people participated in the First SU iSchool Master Class. Results from the MOOC, “An Introduction to Data Science”:
- 1,731 students were invited to participate in the course
- 856 students (just under 50%) officially accepted that invitation
- Only 17 of that number formally dropped out
Of the 839 participating:
- 429 were actively engaged from start to finish (a rate of 51.7% of the official total participants)
- 410 others viewed and accessed course material intermittently
- 91 students (as of early April) are receiving certificates for completing all course requirements. (That is 21.2% of the 429 actively engaged students and 10.8% of the 839 who signed up).