Data Management and Sharing MOOC – University of Edinburgh


I’ve done a couple of MOOCs with Coursera myself, and I think it’s an excellent service.

Announcing the Coursera Data Management and Sharing MOOC – Opening March 1st

The School of Information and Library Science and the Odum Institute at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and the MANTRA team at the University of Edinburgh are pleased to announce the forthcoming Coursera MOOC (Massive Open Online Course), Research Data Management and Sharing.

This is a collaboration of the UNC-CH CRADLE team (Curating Research Assets and Data Using Lifecycle Education) and MANTRA.

CRADLE has been funded in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services to develop training for both researchers and library professionals. MANTRA was designed as a prime resource for postgraduate training in research data management skills and is used by learners worldwide.

The MOOC uses the Coursera on-demand format to provide short, video-based lessons and assessments across a five-week period, but learners can proceed at their own pace. Although no formal credit is assigned for the MOOC, Statements of Accomplishment will be available to any learner who completes a course for a small fee.

The Research Data Management and Sharing MOOC will launch 1st March, 2016. Subjects covered in the 5-week course follow the stages of any research project. They are:

  • Understanding Research Data
  • Data Management Planning
  • Working with Data
  • Sharing Data
  • Archiving Data

Dr. Helen Tibbo from the School of Information and Library Science (SILS) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill delivers four of the five sets of lessons, and Sarah Jones, Digital Curation Centre, delivers the University of Edinburgh-developed content in Week 3, Working with Data. Quizzes and supplementary videos add to the learning experience, and assignments are peer reviewed by fellow learners, with questions and answers handled by peers and team teachers in the forum.

Staff from both organizations will monitor the learning forums and the peer-reviewed assignments to make sure learners are on the right track, and to watch for adjustments needed in course content.

The course is open to enrolment now, and will ‘go live’ on 1st March.

Hashtag: #RDMSmooc

A preview of one of the supplementary videos is now available on Youtube:

Please join us in this data adventure. -Helen


Dr. Helen R. Tibbo, Alumni Distinguished Professor President, 2010-2011 & Fellow, Society of American Archivists School of Information and Library Science

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Chapel Hill




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:

Sheila Webber:MOOCs, information literacy and the role ofthelibrarian- EventbriteEventbrite – Marshall Dozier presents Sheila Webber:MOOCs, information literacy and the role of the librarian – Monday, 12 January 2015 at The University of Edinburgh Main Library. Find event and ticket information.Read more…

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, 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.