Edinburgh University Library presentation: MOOCs, information literacy and the role of the librarian

Dear colleagues,

Edinburgh University Library is delighted to invite you to attend a presentation and discussion led by Sheila Webber, of the University of Sheffield, on 12 January 2015, 1.30-2.30pm.

The title of the presentation is ‘MOOCs, information literacy and the role of the librarian’.

Sheila Webber will start by briefly outlining some general characteristics of MOOCs and her own experience with them. She will go on to identify types of MOOC (network-based, task-based and content-based) and the implications for MOOC pedagogy. As part of this discussion she will note some findings from an investigation into the value of learning analytics for MOOC educators (undertaken by Naomi Colhoun at Sheffield University in summer 2014). In the final part of her presentation she will reflect on the various roles that have been, or could be, adopted by librarians, and the implications for librarian education and development.

If you would like to attend, please book a place so we can be sure the venue will hold us all: http://tinyurl.com/prg55ow

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Sheila Webber is Senior Lecturer in the Information School, University of Sheffield. She is Director of the Centre for Information Literacy Research, teaches on the iSchool’s Masters programmes, particularly in the area of information literacy, and supervises PhD students in the field of information literacy and education. She is a committee member of the IFLA Information Literacy Section and a past member of the SCONUL Working Group on Information Literacy and the CILIP Information Literacy Group. Sheila is an internationally invited speaker, and has maintained the Information Literacy Weblog since 2005 (at http://information-literacy.blogspot.com), which recently passed one million page views. Previous jobs include teaching at Strathclyde University and heading up the British Library’s Business Information Service.

Sheila is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and was an academic Fellow for Sheffield University’s Centre for Inquiry Based Learning in the Arts and Social Sciences. She has taught on the iSchool’s Educational Informatics module, and maintains a programme of continuing professional development events in the virtual world, Second Life. Sheila was one of the cross-disciplinary team of educators on the “Play” MOOC which ran in September-November 2014 on the FutureLearn MOOC platform, and is a member of the FutureLearn Academic Network, which focuses on research issues and opportunities of MOOC research.


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