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#hyperlibMOOC: “Opening Up: Next Steps for MOOCs and Libraries”

hyperlibMOOCThe #hyperlibMOOC is included in this new article at Library Journal:

In the Hyperlinked Library MOOC, Stephens modified the common MOOC style of watching a video lecture or reading a lesson and then taking a quiz on the covered material. Instead, student work is reviewed by their peers, who offer their thoughts on what’s working and where there’s room for improvement. Stephens, Jones, and a team of assistants also view the work, but peer evaluation is a huge asset to the structure of the course, Stephens says.While the first course offering hasn’t wrapped up quite yet, he Stephens said that more than 100 of the 363 students registered for the course are well on their way to completing the coursework. Like Lankes, he notes some problems with the pacing, a dilemma he attempted to approach by introducing a week-long break in the course to let students catch on assignments without missing new material. While that sort of break can be a luxury for full-time students, when working with professionals with careers outside the classroom, it may be necessary, said Stephens.

And it’s not just peers in class that are looking at one another’s work. Since the course is open to the public and not protected by a password, anyone can take a look at the ideas being discussed and weigh in on them. “We just did a Q&A in a Google Hangout,” says Stephens. “Not only is that going up in the MOOC space, but it’s being tweeted and reshared in other places as well.” Taking cues from social media not only helps students feel more connected to one another in a MOOC environment, Stephens says, it also makes them more connected to the world at large, citing instances where the authors of readings for the course have weighed in on assignments regarding their work, much to the delight of students in the course.

The next step, as far as Stephens sees it, is taking MOOCs to even larger audiences, including those in far-flung regions who might most benefit from group learning to which they otherwise may not have access. “Reaching isolated librarians with this type of learning will probably be one of the biggest impact factors of this MOOC,” says Stephens.

#hyperlibMOOC Article: MOOCs for LIS Professional Development: Exploring New Transformative Learning Environments and Roles

I have an article in the Fall 2013 issue of Internet Learning

MOOCs for LIS Professional Development: Exploring New Transformative Learning Environments and Roles


The rapid development of emerging disruptive technologies is a driving force behind the evolution of the library and information science (LIS) profession and is causing a redesign of the traditional approaches to LIS professional development. Historically fairly static, LIS environments have evolved into dynamic reflections of the enormous societal changes occurring as a result of open communications and access throughout the Web. In addition, 21st century LIS professionals must consider and prepare for the new roles they might play in network-enabled, large-scale learning environments. Several decades of research on self-directed learning (SDL) have shown the social, non-linear, and serendipitous process to be transformational. LIS professionals, who once relied upon yearly conferences, employer-provided seminars and workshops, and association newsletters in order to update their knowledge, have embraced SDL opportunities to expand their understandings and skill sets. The first wave of SDL and networked platforms for LIS professional development (Learning 2.0) may have been precursors to the connectivist learning environments designed into the free, not-for-credit, massive open online courses (MOOCs). Because these new environments of participatory and transformative learning offer the potential for LIS professionals to test emerging technologies, experiment and play with new roles, and self-select teams for collaborative artifact creation, the author has adapted his existing online graduate course, called the Hyperlinked Library, at San Jose State University’s School of Library and Information Science (SJSU SLIS) in order to explore how LIS professionals can use emerging technologies and participatory practices to serve their communities. Launched in September 2013, the Hyperlinked Library MOOC pilot (#hyperlibMOOC) provides a sandbox in which LIS professionals and students can play the roles of learner, connector, and collaborator in a self-directed yet social learning experience. Results from the pilot course will contribute to a better understanding of how the not-for-credit MOOC can serve as a transformative environment for professional development.


Thanks to SJSU SLIS student Margaret Jean Campbell for her invaluable assistance editing and formatting this piece. Thanks to Kyle Jones, PhD student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s School of Library and Information Studies and SJSU SLIS lecturer, for his incredible work designing the site architecture and for co-instructing the Hyperlinked Library MOOC.

The issue Table of Contents is here:

#hyperlibMOOC: LIANZA Slides: Cath Sheard’s “Rangatiratanga: encouraged to lead”

From #hyperlibMOOC student Cath Sheard. Cath writes: “This is a lightning presentation I first gave at the LIANZA 2013 conference in Hamilton. It looks at why we should be prepared to show our emotions at work, especially when leading a team of staff.”

Please click through the slides. They are Cath’s original artwork.

#hyperlibMOOC: Library 2.013 Presentation Links

Another global learning opportunity, Library 2.013, just concluded. The online conference brings folks together from all over the world to give presentations and exchange ideas. Some people connected with our Hyperlinked Library MOOC presented. I wanted to make sure everyone had access to the recordings:

Sally Pewhairangi & Megan Ingle:

Jan Holmquist:

Peter Morville:

My keynote  “Learning Everywhere” is here:

Full slide deck: (all images)

ALL recordings:

If you like it, put a badge on it.

From #hyperlibMOOC student  Megan Egbert. What do badges at Meridian Library District mean for professional development?

Megan writes:

We are piloting a program that would use digital badges to increase staff member’s professional development and ongoing education participation. The badges act not only as incentive, but also as a visual reminder of completion. We are using Credly to design and award badges which allows for anyone to award anyone else a badge. So in addition to competences that can be demonstrated to earn a badge, peers can also award them for performance. The program is designed using a Google site discussion page for communication so any staff member can post a learning opportunity when they see one, then a badge will be designed for it and awarded to those who participate. We are pre and post surveying the participants to see if this does increase the amount of learning and exploring they do. I’m happy to take any questions/suggestions at or Twitter. @meganegbert

Update on #hyperlibMOOC – Week One Wrap Up

Note from Michael: Just wanted to let TTW readers see what our week one wrap post included over at The Hyperlinked Library MOOC. Follow along here:

A Goodreads community has sprung up, created by the students:

Here’s the wrap up, complete with a pic of Cooper! (Note the @names below are for the MOOC platform Kyle built)


Greetings all! This week has been incredible! I am so knocked out by all the folks joining us, the profiles going up, blogs taking shape – and the site wide interaction filling our virtual learning space. During the summer, this adventure felt like a great unknown. I must confess there were some anxious thoughts about how things would go as we gathered content and Kyle and his incredible team built the site.

Some personal highlights for me as I surfed through all the activity:

@dianemalmstrom at MOOCtacular (love that!) pondered if folks are doing this course on their own time or at work: How many of you are working on your own time? Who might be some type of credit?

@kiwilibrarian wondered how many of us have a MOOC Companion:

Here’s mine:



@knevelle wrote this honest, insightful bit on her blog this week, and @kyle shared it with me and all of the participatory learning guides:

I am making a commitment to this MOOC, and already, there are some differences that seem like they may keep me engaged. Having a “homeroom” and other “tribes” connects me to a smaller group of people. It’s easy to become disengaged in a group of 10,000+ students. I think the cap of 400 students overall is a motivator.If I don’t do anything with this course, I am taking up a “seat” of someone else who could have been here, which makes me feel obligated to participate. So I’ve got a handful of motivators to keep me going. I’ve also carved some time out of my work week to dedicate to the course, and I hope to check in for at least a few minutes daily. I’m already a bit behind, but hopefully not so far behind that I can’t catch up.

To those who may feel a bit overwhelmed, feel a bit behind, or feel you are still finding your comfort zone in our space – it’s okay! I quote Clay Shirky often in presentations from Cognitive Surplus. Shirky explores three ways that society might approach incorporating and adopting emerging technologies. The scenarios include “traditionalist approval,” “negotiated transition,” and “as much chaos as we can stand.” Shirky advocates for chaos and I agree. So this course may feel a bit chaotic as blog posts, updates and more come our way. I think all of us could benefit from embracing a bit chaos as part of our learning process. Find your sweet spot of comfort within the chaos and enjoy. I wish you all the very best as you move through the modules.

One more thing: As I write, it’s just about time to be picked up for an evening cruise here on Spider Lake. I am looking forward to chatting with friends, telling them about this cool thing I get to do as part of my job at SJSU SLIS, and unwinding. I’d ask you all to do the same. Before the next module appears, take a break, breathe relax and recharge.


Do not hesitate to contact me (@michael) or @kyle as we continue on this path. Cheers to all!