What the heck is a MOOC
MOOC stands for “Massive Open Online Course.” The term originated in the US in 2008, to describe free and easily accessible courses that are delivered online and offer you the opportunity to study with universities from all over world. MOOCs usually don’t lead to formal qualifications, but they are a great way of gaining knowledge in all sorts of areas to boost your career or explore personal interests. Generally, there are no entry requirements for MOOCs so anyone, anywhere can take part and sometimes the courses are so popular you can be learning alongside thousands of other people from all over the world!
There are many different places you can find MOOCs to study and below are just 3 of them. If you’re looking for a library specific course then edX is a great place start but there are still heaps of courses that are relevant to what libraries do that never mention the word library.
- Grant Writing and Crowdfunding for Public Libraries – Learn how to increase your impact, innovate, and overcome often static funding through various fundraising and grant writing approaches.
- Strategic Planning for Public Libraries – Learn how to develop, implement, and adapt a strategic plan to fit the needs of your library.
- Public Library Marketing and Public Relations – Learn how to develop effective marketing and PR strategies to help share your library’s programs, services, and value with the broader community.
- Build a Makerspace for Young People – Find out how to create and run a makerspace for young people. Look at the pedagogy and approaches behind digital making.
How to Succeed at: Interviews – This free three week course provides the tools you need to succeed at interviews and land your dream job.
Learning Online: Searching and Researching – Improve your online research skills and your ability to critically analyse sources of information.
Open Universities Australia
- Teaching Adult Learners – Get a grounding in facilitating a group of adult learners, in an online or face to face learning environment.
Indigenous Studies: Australia and New Zealand – Explores Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and Māori history, society, culture, language and demography.
Writing for the Web – Explore how writing style, web design and structure can grab the attention of and engage online readers.