Everything You Need to Know to Design, Set Up, and Run a Massive Open Online Course
by Susan W. Alman and Jennifer Jumba, Editors
February 2017, 117pp, 7 x 10
1 volume, Libraries Unlimited

Paperback: 978-1-4408-4457-7
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Use this practical and realistic guide to make the right decisions about whether and how to offer MOOCs.

Learn from experts who have created and presented Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) that can reach a vast audience, and discover how to develop and present this new online form of continuing education.

MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) have become popular with eager learners as well as some educators wanting to test the boundaries of learning. Understandably, many educators approach MOOCs with trepidation and a number of questions. Are MOOCs simply a fad? Does this new venue threaten traditional higher education models? How are teachers to be remunerated for their efforts? And what can be done about student retention in an anonymous venue of a MOOC?

This book answers these questions and many more, offering a practical and realistic guide to MOOCs—one that will help anyone involved in higher education to better understand MOOCs and enable them to make decisions about whether and how to offer MOOCs. The authors address topics such as the various costs of offering a MOOC (teachers, developers, licensing, and software), explain accessibility options, examine the challenges of copyright and the administration required, and explore what the librarian’s role should be. This insightful guide also explains your options for the presentation of text, video, and audio content; whether to give assignments or tests; and how to decide whether you should offer your MOOC for free or require a fee and offer a certificate upon course completion.


  • Covers the phenomenon of MOOCs from the perspective of veteran librarians—the first book to do so
  • Offers in-depth understanding and practical guidance to those considering offering MOOCs
  • Identifies the pitfalls to avoid and outcomes to pursue with this fast-growing trend in educational technology and online learning
  • Presents balanced coverage of the subject that provides readers with the pros as well as the cons in considering a MOOC
Susan W. Alman, lecturer at San Jose State University, was formerly director of the online education program at the School of Information Sciences, University of Pittsburgh. She led the MOOC, "The Emerging Future: Technology Issues and Trends," to more than 1,700 global participants and was the organizer of the spring 2015 online summit, "Emerging Future Technology and Learning."

Jennifer Jumba, MLIS, works at Cuyahoga County Public Library in Ohio, where she specializes in adult reference. Prior to receiving her master's degree in library and information science, Jumba spent nearly 20 years in sales and marketing. Jumba is also a part-time instructor at San Jose State University School of Information, where she teaches web 2.0 and social media, and she was the co-instructor for the MOOC, "The Emerging Future: Technology Issues and Trends," offered by the SJSU iSchool in 2014.
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