Metadata MOOC in the news

My Metadata MOOC has been receiving some publicity recently, and I wanted to dedicate a post to documenting it. Not just because I have a big ego –- though I do –- but also because it’s good publicity for UNC and SILS. Honestly, this MOOC is probably the most high-profile thing I’ve ever done professionally. And on that note, I would like to point out that I’ve brought more attention to UNC and SILS being remote, than I probably ever did being on campus. Which is a bit depressing, honestly, but there it is.

First, Steven Chang (@InfoSeer) at the University of Melbourne is participating in both my MOOC and the Hyperlinked Library MOOC, offered by the San José State University SLIS. Steven wrote a blog post, titled “A Tale of Two MOOCs,” about participating in MOOCs in general, and comparing these two library-themed courses.

Second, I was interviewed for the article “Massive open online courses launch at UNC,” in the Daily Tar Heel. I have, as my grandmother would say, a bone to pick with this article: it was published the week my MOOC launched, and I understand that the DTH wanted an article to mark the launch of the university’s first MOOC. But the article is largely about MOOCs in general, which you can get from reading almost any publication these days. What the article is not about is UNC’s MOOC initiative specifically, which is a topic that really only we can talk about with credibility. So I think the DTH missed an opportunity there. But maybe articles along those lines will come in the future.

I was also interviewed for an article in the Carolina Alumni Review. But that hasn’t come out yet.

I was also interviewed by Abby Clobridge for the article MOOCs and Libraries, which was recently published in Against the Grain. This article too had a Basics of MOOCs section, for those readers who have been living in a cave for the past year. But, because it’s Abby, she went well beyond that, and had a really excellent discussion of open access resources, and what libraries can do to support both faculty developing MOOCs and students taking them.

Abby tells me that she’s also writing an article about OA & MOOCs for Online Searcher. Stay tuned; that should be a good one. Update: That article is now out.

Finally, as it turns out, I have a few students in my MOOC who are involved with Europeana. Last week Europeana’s Partner and Operations Manager contacted me to ask if I’d be interested in collaborating on a post to the Europeana blog about the importance and educational value of Europeana in information science. Of course I said yes: I think there’s a lot to say about that topic, and the Europeana blog is a great place to say it. So stay tuned for that as well.

Update: Another article about Me And My MOOC, this one from my alma mater’s news blog: Behind MOOCs: What are They Worth to Higher Education and Students?

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