African Libraries ĖThe Possibilities and Challenges of MOOCs
Keywords:MOOCís in Libraries, Digital Skills, Information Literacy, Blended Learning, Open university, Copyright Issues
Technology is changing the teaching and learning environment.The current large numbers and continuing¬†widespread of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) as well as the interest it has sparked globally has created¬†challenges and opportunities never imagined for the education sector more especially for higher education.¬†African countries need to diversify their resource base and key into the knowledge economy as advanced nations¬†have done. MOOCs could assist in the socio-economic development of Africa by providing access to knowledge¬†and training that will enable those that cannot afford regular higher education as well as those that left school¬†more than a decade ago to successfully play tangible roles in the knowledge economy. The Library is an integral¬†part of the tertiary institutions. Libraries and MOOCs intersect at an ethical point - they both provide free and¬†open access to learning resources and learning opportunities that many may not otherwise have. Content¬†development for the lectures, support for participants and preservation of the resources were some of the¬†identified areas where libraries could play important roles in the propagation of MOOCs.These, form the focus of¬†this paper as well as the next step librarians could take to explore the possibilities of MOOCs.