Online Professional Development Opportunities

Hi everyone,

Sorry that the blog has been a bit quiet this past week – I’ve been snowed under with editing for the “Students in the Stacks” issue of Library Life – which I’m really looking forward to putting out next Tuesday, 26th March – and judging the Summer in the Library photo competition; the winners will be announced in Library Life on Tuesday also! And in-between I’ve been trying to write my research proposal 🙂 Anyway, moving right along…

The link I shared yesterday about “The Hyper-linked Library” MOOC with Michael Stephens and Kyle Jones seemed to be very popular and I had some e-mail correspondence with people in NZ who are interested in attending. BTW, if you didn’t know already, Michael Stephens (Tame the Web Founder) is a keynote speaker for LIANZA Conference 2013 – so we get to hear him in real life!!

That got me thinking –

  • how many of you have enrolled in MOOCs or other online professional development opportunities?
  • What’s the most valuable online professional development opportunity/event/network you have found?
  • Would you be interested in having a section of the blog devoted to linking to these free online professional development opportunities?

I’d be really interested to hear your thoughts and links to content/courses you have found useful.

And some more related questions:

  • how do you find online professional development compared to face-to-face?
  • Do you prefer one over the other or like an equal mixture of both?
  • And how do you decide which ones to attend?

I’m looking forward to hearing your thoughts!


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3 Responses to Online Professional Development Opportunities

  1. Raewyn says:

    I like the idea of a collection of links to free online professional development. Online study can be hard – just interpreting assignment questions has thrown many in the current online course I am on (not free). The time it takes to read, compose, and post conversation in order to sort a problem that could be done swiftly face to face, can sap a person’s will to keep on with a course. However “online” and “free” mean accessibility. Perhaps a star rating could be posted beside each link for “value”.

  2. megingle says:

    Ooh, you beat me to a blog post on this! Rightio, some ideas for Online PD:
    Open Culture – heaps of listings, esp. Education & MOOCs –
    Coursera –
    Udacity –
    P2PU – peer to peer university –
    Chalkle – as far as I know there is only a Wgtn group in NZ doing this F2F –

    There’s *heaps* more, so I will let others share their findings 😉

  3. I stopped subscribing to Chalkle event notifications because they have a flood of stuff I’m not especially interested in, and it was more hassle than it was worth to pan through the flood for gold – it’s a positive sign for them that they have so much stuff going on, though!

    I’ve completed a couple of courses through Coursera, and am about to embark on another one. I do find that it’s easy to let this sort of self-directed stuff slip – if you’re busy with work and ‘formal’ study and, y’know, life, then MOOCs and so on are the easiest stuff to let go of. I’ve definitely signed up for more than I’ve actually completed! I also find that Coursera courses vary wildly in difficulty and amount of work required, but this isn’t reflected in the recognition that you get for successfully completing a course – you get a certificate of completion, but there’s no real indication of how much value that has. But it is helpful to provide some structure to self-directed study.

    In the bigger centres you can often find or start face-to-face study/support groups for people completing the same Coursera papers, either through the course forums or through a third party like Meetup. I wonder if you could use this proposed section of the blog to help remotely link up library/information people doing the same courses?

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