I recently enrolled on a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) offered by Syracuse University iSchool entitled New Librarianship and taught/run by R. David Lankes and others. I signed up because it sounded interesting and relevant, and the fact that it was free (well, mostly, I had to buy the textbook) and self-directed was a plus. I did a few online courses in my undergrad, so it will be interesting to compare the experiences. Here is a good overview by Helen Blanchett of the pros and cons of MOOCs and general debunking of the surrounding hype (“HE is dead!”).
This particular MOOC is offered in guided mode from July, which I thought was ideal because then you can engage with the tutors. After July it is still available but without guaranteed tutor involvement. I’ll be blogging and tweeting about how it goes!