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Massive Open Online Courses as Drivers for Change

A project briefing session presented at CNI’s fall 2012 membership meeting by Lynne O’Brien of Duke University. Now available on CNI’s two video channels:

Since announcing a partnership with Coursera in July 2012, Duke has launched two Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) and has eight more in development. Spanning humanities, social sciences and science topics, these courses have over 320,000 enrollments as of October 2012. Duke’s goals in experimenting with MOOCs are to drive teaching innovation in both campus-based and online courses, to extend Duke’s commitment to knowledge in service to society, and to expand Duke’s reach and reputation in a global environment.

Stressing about finals?

Refresh Your Mind with Guided and Drop-In Meditation, December 10-15 – Mitchell Green Lounge in McCullough will be open and set up for meditation from 6 AM to 11 PM during finals week.  Simple printed meditation instructions are available, so drop in anytime.

Guided meditations will also be offered at 9:00 AM, 12:30 PM, 4:30 PM, and 8:00 PM each day. These will be twenty minutes long and will be facilitated by faculty members Rebecca Gould, John Huddleston, Chris Shaw, John Spackman, and Catharine Wright, as well as experienced student facilitators Adeline Cleveland and Blake Harper, and Parton Counseling staff.   Meditation teaches relaxation and concentration: so come, take a break, and refresh your mind! Sponsored by Parton Counseling.

Friday links – June 22, 2012

Free topo maps from USGS – US Topo is the new generation of digital topographic maps from the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). Arranged in the traditional 7.5-minute quadrangle format, digital US Topo maps look and feel like the traditional paper topographic maps for which the USGS is so well known.

US Topo maps are available free on the Web through the USGS Store. Each map quadrangle is constructed in PDF format with geospatial extensions (GeoPDF®) format from key layers of geographic data – orthoimagery, roads, geographic names, contours and hydrographic features – found in The National Map.

 

Friday links — February 24

UCSC library sees student visits double after $100 million renovation. With laptop bars, couches for gathering, long study tables and an outdoor reading porch perched high among the redwoods, student use of the 47-year-old campus landmark has more than doubled since before the renovation.  The revamped original building will house the Grateful Dead Archives in a room known as Dead Central.

Eternal Copyright: a modest proposal. Under the current system, if you lived to 70 years old and your descendants all had children at the age of 30, the copyright in your book – and thus the proceeds – would provide for your children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren. But what, I ask, about your great-great-great-grandchildren?

Libraries help researchers save time, says new report – Dr Hazel Woodward, chair of the electronic information resources working group and librarian at Cranfield University: “At this time of economic constraint, it is important for policy makers and Library directors to provide additional evidence of the value of library-provided resources. Whilst in the past these resources have been regarded as implicitly valuable, this research goes some way to making that value more explicit by focusing on specific benefits and outcomes for academics.”

Smaller Servings for Libraries – Decades of Education Department data show universities allocating less money to libraries as overall spending has ballooned.

Striking Finds From a Rare-Book Fair From Audubon’s The Birds of America, a first edition of which sold last month at auction for $7.9 million, to Copernicus’ heliocentric sketch that changed the world, we’ve selected the most remarkable works the fair had to offer.

Is there a method to Google’s madness? An outside observer might conclude that Google has little direction and a surfeit of cash as it lurches from search, to mapping, to mobile, to home audio players, to cloud file sharing.

Friday links roundup – January 6, 2012

Richard Stallman Was Right All Along – Peaceful protesters in Occupy movements all over the world have been labelled as terrorists by the authorities. Initiatives like SOPA promote diligent monitoring of communication channels. Thirty years ago, when Richard Stallman launched the GNU project, and during the three decades that followed, his sometimes extreme views and peculiar antics were ridiculed and disregarded as paranoia – but here we are, 2012, and his once paranoid what-ifs have become reality.

Rethinking the Open Access Agenda – “Why I have come to think that we need to revisit the Budapest Open Access Initiative’s obsession with information technology.”  From RepositoryMan, the Blog of repository administrator and web scientist, Leslie Carr, a researcher and lecturer who runs a research repository for the School of Electronics and Computer Science in the University of Southampton in the UK.

Friday Links Roundup – December 2, 2011

Art exhibit of the day – In an effort to illustrate just how many photos are posted to the web each and every day, Erik Kessels put together an exhibition that consists of every single photo posted on Flickr within a 24-hour period. The result? A ceiling-high stack of over 1 million photos that required multiple rooms to hold.  By comparison, Facebook users post 25 times as many photos, every day.

OccuPrint – Posters from the #Occupy movement

20 iPad apps librarians should download – Just getting started with your new iPad and wondering what to download? Here are 20 popular apps to get you going in the areas of News, Reference & Education, e-Book Readers, Productivity Tools, and Social Tools.

Solid 3D Projection That You Can Touch  – Are we getting closer to really effective volumetric 3D display technology? A new display technology uses cold fog and a laser projector to create a volumetric 3D image. See it in action in these videos.

Awful Library Books – Adventures in weeding collections. They also accept submissions.

Great idea until Microsoft acquires it – TEDx Brussels – John Bohannon & Black Label Movement – Dance Your PhD

Friday Links Roundup – October 21, 2011

RIAA et al are biggest threat to innovation – Attempts by the content industry to pass legislation like the Protect IP Act are the greatest threat to technology innovation, a senior US Senator has told delegates at the Web 2.0 summit in San Francisco.

For iPads in the enterprise, hassles aplenty – In various talks yesterday, Gartner analysts highlighted a series of gotchas that need to be considered before jumping on the enterprise tablet bandwagon.

The Educause Center for Applied Research has just released The National Study of Undergraduate Students and Information Technology, 2011. The report sheds light on how information technology affects the college experience. Because of the widespread interest in and importance of this topic, ECAR has made this report publicly accessible upon release.

In Praise of Librarians – So I come to today’s digitally confused world of information from what is now a reasonably obsolete perspective. When I agreed to show up at a library meeting, I expected to be unhappy with the new digital universe and dismayed by the changes in my beloved library world. Fortunately for my psychic tranquility, the librarians are ahead of me, they are on the case, they are transforming our world of information with creativity and imagination.