".... Emory is participating in Coursera, a consortia of universities offering free MOOCs or massive open online course. But closer to home, it’s launching Semester Online, which [Emory provost] Sterk and [Emory president] Wagner described as “the modern-day version of a semester abroad.”
HASTAC co-founder Cathy Davidson here responds to what she calls unconstructive snarky critiques of her efforts to initiate a collaborative drafting of a "Bill of Rights and Principles for Online Learning." The draft is also appended to the blog. After a somewhat long argument for more constructive criticism and less snark, she details some of the concerns or issues being raised about MOOC's and other online learning systems. They emphasize protection of student rights and calls for more pedagogical reflection.
Mostly oriented toward public libraries but their findings probably reflect emerging realities of our user environment as well.
Abstract: "In a new survey of Americans’ attitudes and expectations for public libraries, the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project finds that many library patrons are eager to see libraries’ digital services expand, yet also feel that print books remain important in the digital age...."
Some sample findings...
From The Atlantic comes this article about Facebook's search engine, how it turns people into categories that can lead to embarrassing if not scary linkages, e.g., "The spouses of people who like Prostitutes. The mothers of Jews who like Bacon. Single women who live nearby and like getting Getting Drunk.... Islamic men interested in men living in Tehran... Current employers of people who like Racism...." Check your privacy settings.
For our MOOCsters in case you missed it.... "there is one big thing happening that leaves me incredibly hopeful about the future, and that is the budding revolution in global online higher education. Nothing has more potential to lift more people out of poverty — by providing them an affordable education to get a job or improve in the job they have. Nothing has more potential to unlock a billion more brains to solve the world’s biggest problems.
Brain-exercise just to read the abstract but his talk will touch on the use of massive online games and augmented reality to teach second language. Might have implications for digital pedagogy more broadly. Tim
Dear colleagues, It is my great pleasure to announce that Dr. Steve Thorne from Portland State University and the University of Groningen in the Netherlands will give a talk next Friday, Jan 25, at 3pm in Modern Languages Building 201 on the topic of "Designed semiotic engagement, verbal patterns, and lived experience" (see abstract below).
The Open Discovery Initiative (ODI) within the National Information Standards Org (NISO) conducted a survey last fall of librarians, content providers, and discovery service providers (e.g., Ex Libris/Primo) on their "current state of satisfaction." They want to make recommendations for standards in 2013. From the report ("ODI Survey Report: Reflections and Perspectives on Discovery Services"), here are some statements that struck me. They also
Of possible interest to our futurists, from Peter Morville, "adapted from a chapter that he wrote for Library 2020, a book edited by Joseph Janes and published by Rowman & Littlefield (in press):" ".... There was a time, not so long ago, when librarians had the chance to change the future. People's infatuation with Google had begun to ebb. They were hungry for something better.
In light of interest expressed in our last meeting, people might find interesting the framing of issues in this meeting announcement (hat tip to Erin) : MOOCs, or Massive Open Online Courses, have become all the rage, with numerous institutions joining forces with Coursera, edX, FutureLearn, and other providers.
Apparently, a backlash against DH exploded into view at MLA according to this post by William Pannapacker. Most of the attacks seemed to be off-target. One interesting issue in contention was the DH view of MOOC's. Critics identified DH with MOOC's. HASTAC co-founder Cathy Davidson, however, is cited as saying that, in fact, DH'ers don't like MOOC's because they are "least disruptive to methods of education that were devised during the
A senior OUP journals editor cites metrics to show why alt-metrics are still alt: "How should post-publication comments play a role, if any, in the metrics used to judge the quality of an article and a researcher’s work? Blogging about academic research, tweeting links to research papers, and commenting on articles remains a fringe activity (as does using Twitter or blogging in general).
From management consultant Joseph Esposito : "The combination of Google plus open access will lead to the accelerating decline of institutional support for libraries."
He just states this without argument. It's used as an example, though, of how library (or any institutional) management can fool itself, which means the rest of the article is an interesting read anyway.
From the "Scholarly Kitchen" blog: "A group of history editors in the UK publish an open letter stating they will not comply with aspects of the Research Councils UK mandates for OA...." They protest the short embargo period and the specific CC licensing. The article details the differences in publication contexts between science and humanities disciplines that affect their attitudes toward OA. Tim
Nice interview with Moya about her DiSC workshops on Library of Congress' ViewShare tool. In case you missed them, "Viewshare is a free platform for generating and customizing views (interactive maps, timelines, facets, tag clouds) that allow users to experience your digital collections." Moya says she got about 60 registrants.
From ProfHacker, an interview with the president of Frontiers, an OA science publishing platform (with long term plans to include Humanities). Frontiers developed a peer review system whereby reviewers are encouraged to share authorial credit by helping to improve the original rather than find reasons to reject it. They also are aggressively developing new services to take advantage of the online platform most of their scholars work in....
The e-book had its moment, but sales are slowing. Readers still want to turn those crisp, bound pages, writes Nicholas Carr (the guy who brought us "The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains").
From the NYT. "...As librarians across the nation struggle with the task of redefining their roles and responsibilities in a digital age, many public libraries are seeing an opportunity to fill the void created by the loss of traditional bookstores. They are increasingly adapting their collections and services based on the demands of library patrons, whom they now call customers...."
Mainly, they seem to be adding or enhancing community spaces and providing multiple copies of best-sellers in response to demand.
Notes on presentation by Herbert Van de Sompel: “Paint-yourself-in-the-corner infrastructure.” Keynote. EMTACL 12 conference in Trondheim, Norway, October 1, 2012. http://vimeo.com/53076015
Van de Sompel is a "Belgian librarian and computer scientist, most known for his role in the development of the Open Archives Initiative and standards such as OpenURL, Object Reuse and Exchange, and the OAI Protocol for Metadata Harvesting." [Wikipedia]