Staff Presentations, Proceedings, Lectures, and Symposia


Massive open online courses (MOOCs) – the future of learning?

Event Location / Date(s)

Chicago, IL / June 27 - July 2, 2013

Document Type

Conference Proceeding

Presentation Date


Conference Name / Publication Title

American Library Association Annual Conference


MOOCs (massive open online courses) have taken the education world by storm recently with numerous colleges and universities offering a wide variety of learning opportunities for no cost online. In fact, the New York Times called 2012 the “Year of the MOOC.” These "open source" courses usually earn no credit, but allow students of different age levels and expertise to pursue personal interests through interactive learning across distance. This session will share examples of MOOCs, advantages and disadvantages, alongside the potential for global education at all levels and the impact on libraries in the future.