#hyperlibMOOC Research

Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) are touted by some as a means to transform teaching and learning for the 21st century, presenting an opportunity for global, open learning. Understanding this new, evolving landscape and its potential to make learning more accessible and affordable should be a priority for LIS professionals, as they are influential actors in teaching and learning environments.

The papers and presentations listed on this page explore the MOOC as a potentially disruptive and transformational mechanism for large-scale learning.

In September 2013, the San Jose State University’s School of  Information launched its first massive open online course (MOOC), the Hyperlinked Library MOOC (#hyperlibMOOC). The course was taught by SJSU SoI Assistant Professor Michael Stephens and SJSU SoI Lecturer Kyle Jones  as a professional development opportunity for a global cadre of LIS practitioners in various stages of their careers. A selection of the papers and presentations referenced on this page describe what LIS professionals took from the experience and how they might serve students in radically changing learning environments.

Peer Reviewed Articles

Articles in Professional Literature

Juried Conference Papers

  • Stephens, M. & Jones, K. M. L.  (2014, April). “Emerging Roles: Key Insights from Librarians in a Massive Open Online Course” proceedings of 16th Distance Library Services Conference, Denver, April 2014.
  • Stephens, M. & Jones, K. M. L. (2014, January). “New Landscapes: MOOCs as LIS Professional Development Platforms: Evaluating and Refining SJSU’s First Not-for-Credit MOOC.” 2014 ALISE Annual Conference – Educational Entrepreneurship, Philadelphia, PA. (Slides) (Abstract)

Juried Panel Presentations

Media Mentions




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