Headline of the Week: SPOCs
An interesting educational business model emerged this week. Southern Methodist, Baylor, and Temple agreed to become “affiliates” of one of the newer for profit on-line education companies, 2U (formerly 2tor). This means they will list certain courses developed by other members of the consortium of colleges that participate in 2U’s Semester Online program in their catalogs. The courses will be online and produced and taught by professors at other universities including Boston College, Emory, Northwestern, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Notre Dame and Washington University. For example, students at Southern Methodist will be able to consider 11 different courses they might register for and they will receive elective credit at SMU for those courses.
These are not MOOCs as they have come to exist. Rather, these are SPOCs (Small Private Online Courses). Notice that closer to home our ACM colleagues are just about finished offering a calculus course that they refer to also as a SPOC. In their case it means Small Participatory Online Course. Both the ACM and SMU leaders talk about the value of experimenting and learning and assessing. Here at Luther we have completed a second summer with online classes offered during summer school. It will be interesting see what the ACM and Luther experiences have taught us about online classes and for us in LIS what further support and enablement might be important.
The new affiliate relationship suggests there might be new ways that emerge in the near future to get access to courses for students to fill mismatches between offerings, staffing, student demand and funding.
ACM Voices-Spring 2013, What Can We Learn Online?
LIS Blog Highlights from the Week
The following articles are sampled from those available on the LIS Blog:
- SAN Upgrade Complete
- Chromecast – Google’s Video Gamechanger
- Wireless improved in Jenson Choir Room
- UPDATED KATIE FOR 2013FA – NOW AVAILABLE [Luther and Alumni]
- Library carrels (study desks) available for re-use on campus [Luther only]
Notes from LIS Council
LIS Council is the leadership team within LIS. Among the topics discussed the past three weeks were:
- LIS Operational Agenda
- Council members will be reporting on LIS operational views (metrics for processes and status of projects) regularly at LIS Council meetings. There were no reports this week as it’s the fifth week of the month.
- New Items
- Updated KATIE
- An updated version of KATIE has a live date of August 1st and features a responsive theme. There is more information on the blog at http://lis.luther.edu/blog/20130731/updated-katie-2013fa.
- Meeting with Jay
- Paul met with Jay this past Monday on a variety of topics and has notes that he will share. The current outlook is $65K for the construction portion of Stage 1 of Phase 1 of the Digital Media Center plan.
- CFA 118 Proposal
- A proposal is under development to upgrade the computers in the CFA 118 Lab. Currently only about ½ of the systems are usable for Arts or Communication Studies purposes.
- Library Carrels
- With space re-allocations within Preus (for classroom space and the Digital Media Center) there are 25 carrels available for re-purposing. The carrels are being offered to others on campus for Luther-related purposes. There will be a note in the Tuesday; Facilities and Sustainability will also be contacted in case they know of uses. If any of the 25 are not needed at Luther, we plan to offer them up to other colleges that might have use for them. Ryan will post their availability on an ILA/ACRL announcement board.
- Atomic Learning Renewal
- Since we processed this year’s Atomic Learning renewal prior to July 31, remote authentication has been acquired at no additional cost. We need to determine whether or not to continue with general access or implement individualized access.
- Updated KATIE
- Returning Items
- SAN Migration
- The upgrade to our new SAN (storage area network) was successfully completed last week.
- LIS Migration to Reason
- We are slated to go live with the new and improved LIS website on Reason’s content management system on Tuesday, August 6.
- OCL WMS
- We are now live on WMS, our new library system, and are working through a few remaining issues.
- LIS Skills Development
- At next week’s LIS Council, we will review the skills development spreadsheet that was created during the June LIS Strategy Day and plan next steps.
- LIS Annual Report
- Work continues on the LIS Annual Report for 2012-13. We plan to have it finalized early in the fall semester.
- SAN Migration
Upcoming LIS Training, Instruction, and Professional Development Opportunities
Click on the event below for specific information and for a link to register. More information on training and development events is available.
|Paideia 111 & 112: Reading the Works (Day 1 of 2)||Workshop||Aug 19 2013 – 9:00am – 4:00pm||Main 114||Open|
|Paideia 111 & 112: Reading the Works (Day 2 of 2)||Workshop||Aug 20 2013 – 9:00am – 4:00pm||Main 114||Open|
|So you want to do a survey: Doing online survey projects with Qualtrics||Workshop||Aug 21 2013 – 9:00am – 12:00pm||Main 114||Open|
|Luther sudents and the ability to reason||Workshop||Aug 22 2013 – 9:00am – 4:00pm||Loyalty Board Room||Open|
|Paideia 111/112 New Instructor Workshop (Day 1 of 2)||Workshop||Aug 26 2013 – 9:00am – 12:00pm||Main 114||Open|
|Luther College as a Community of Faith and Learning (Day 1 of 2)||Faculty Development||Aug 26 2013 – 9:00am – 3:30pm||Loyalty Board Room||Open|
|Paideia 111/112 New Instructor Workshop (Day 2 of 2)||Workshop||Aug 27 2013 – 9:00am – 12:00pm||Main 114||Open|
|Luther College as a Community of Faith and Learning (Day 2 of 2)||Faculty Development||Aug 27 2013 – 9:00am – 3:30pm||Loyalty Board Room||Open|
|Updates for Academic Advisors||Faculty Development||Aug 28 2013 – 1:00pm – 3:00pm||Main 114||Open|
Training and instruction is provided to the Luther Community through Faculty Development Sessions, Library Instruction Sessions, Product Demonstrations, Skills Training, Workshops, 1-on-1 Sessions, and Online Materials. To schedule a session, contact the LIS Technology Help Desk at x1000 or enter your request online at http://help.luther.edu.
This Week in LIS is published most Fridays by Paul Mattson, Executive Director of LIS at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa.
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