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For Libraries, MOOCs Bring Uncertainty and Opportunity

I have been following the many discussions about MOOCs (massive open online courses) in the university setting. I am following this because I feel it may have implications at the high school level. In particular, is the problem with offering library services to students taking the online courses. At Duke, enrolled students have a global representation. Many are not students enrolled at Duke so technically do not have access to library databases. There are many interesting dilemmas here. What will this mean in public schools where (at my school anyway) many students are taking online AP courses. These students do not have access to databases through their online courses. (Nor are they required to use them!) How will their education in the online AP course differ from those taken in school where databases are readily available? I have heard a few students say “All we do is read articles from the web or watch movies from the web and answer questions!” Just thought that in your “spare time” (!) you might be interested in reading this!