December 2013

MOOCs - Massive Open Online Courses

 

 Watch a short video about MOOCs by the New York Times

 

What is this new phenomenon that is taking the world of education by storm?

A MOOC is a Massive Open Online Course that anyone with an internet connection can attend usually for free. Some MOOCs report having as many as 100,000 students enrolled in the course. Most MOOCs have high drop out rates. A key concept is that all course material is open and free. According to Inside Higher Education, more than 1.5 million people have registered for a MOOC through three of the largest platforms, edX, Udacity, and Coursera. MOOCs are Important in creating additional pathways to lifelong learning. MOOCs have demonstrated that they build connectivity in worldwide learning groups.  

MOOCs are evolving so rapidly that it is hard to make accurate predictions about how they will impact higher education.

To learn more, see the following Rod Library LibGuides: MOOCs, Open Educational Resources, Open Access, Copyright, and Scholarly Communication.


Support the UNI Museums at local fundraising bookfairs

The Friends of the UNI Museums is having a bookfair on Saturday, December 14th.  The bookfair will take place at the Waterloo Barnes and Noble from 9am-10am, and at the University Book & Supply in Cedar Falls from 10am-5pm.

A portion of your purchase will be donated to the Friends as long as you mention to the cashier that you want to support the Friends group (or mention the UNI Museums).  This is good on just about anything that you can get in the stores--books, music, DVD's, toys, games.  At Barnes and Noble, there are additional items that are included such as purchases of Nooks and cafe items.  The Friends group will also be doing gift-wrapping for donations that same day at Barnes and Noble store.

You can support the UNI Museums online as well.  If you shop online at www.barnesandnoble.com from December 14th through December 18th, you can enter the bookfair number 11208535 when you check out.


Comment on the Feasibility Study Draft Final Report!

OPN presented their draft final report on Tuesday December 10 in the Library.  We invite everyone to read the report and send the Library comments.  Thanks to everyone who attended the Open House!  We hope you are as excited as we are about this new vision of Rod Library!


You Are Invited to Feasibility Study Open House Tues. Dec. 10

UNI faculty, staff, and students and the UNI community are invited to the Feasbility Study Open House on Tuesday December 10 from 2:00-5:00 pm in the open area behind the Reference Desk on the second floor.  OPN Architects will share concept drawings which will depict a 5-10 year vision for Rod Library.  Stop by and take a look!  OPN will give a short presentation on the report at 3:00 and 4:00 that afternoon as well.

This event is sponsored by Northern Iowa Student Government.  Refreshments will be served!

 

 


November Exhibits 2013

 

 

 

For more information about exhibits at Rod Library see our exhibits web page.

 


December Exhibits 2013

 

 

For more information about exhibits at Rod Library see our exhibits web page.


Creative UNIversity events at Rod Library

Rod Library will be housing some events from the Creative UNIversity Conference on Tuesday, December 3rd.  See the listing of events, times, and locations below:

  • "Adaptive Creativity: Surviving the Zombie Apocalypse"
    • Rod Library Learning Commons TV screen 6 from 9am-4pm
  • "T2PAL (Teachers and Technology: Promoting Accessible Learning): Assistive Technology for Learning and Life"
    • Rod Library Learning Commons TV screen 7 from 9:30am-10:30am
  • "The Creative Campus: A Facilitated Discussion"
    • Rod Library Browsing Room from 2pm-2:50pm
  • Digital Media Hub Tour led by Bettina Fabos
    • Rod Library Digital Media Hub from 2:30-3pm

 

For more information on these programs and a full list of conference activities go to: http://www.uni.edu/thecreativeuniversity/


Release Me!

If you have visited the 2nd (main) floor of the Rod lately and sent a print job to the “2 Learning Commons” printer you will notice something new. In order to release your print job you will need to login to the print release station located next to the printer. Logging in will let you view your print queue and select only the jobs you wish to release. The print release station will not only help us reduce waste, it will also allow us to enable “Mobile Print” which will provide printing from personal mobile devices.