EdX & W3C HTML5 MOOC begins June 1

EdX & W3C HTML5 MOOC begins June 1

As I have said before, I am digging more into coding since I started working with LEGO robotics kits with public libraries all around Texas. I am saving lots of resources (with an emphasis on FREE) on learning how to code here. Even though I am also currently taking a course on Scratch, my husband and I are going to be challenging each other by taking an HTML5 MOOC together offered through EdX by The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), developer of web standards and currently run by some guy named Tim Berners-Lee. It begins today, Monday, June 1st!

All of this online coursework makes me feel like I am back in grad school! I have been keeping up with lots of LIS reading but have been mostly just sharing on Twitter as I haven’t had much time to write. Oh, and I am finally getting around to a little light reading, too. I was rather pleased when I realized that I was using a Library Freedom Project sticker to bookmark my latest read, Little Brother by Cory Doctorow. 🙂

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Scratch Drawing Project: Smiley!

Scratch Drawing Project: Smiley!

I am loving the Scratch MOOC I am taking! I just completed my drawing project. If any librarians were wanting to teach students or patrons how to code using Scratch, I highly recommend this course. You can model programs on the module homework and projects and watch the kids have a wonderful time. I have been meaning to sit and play with Scratch for awhile now. This course is keeping me motivated to play with different aspects to complete the modules.

Here is my completed drawing project!

Achievement unlocked!

Achievement unlocked!

Today I earned my first digital badge by completing the Exploring User Experience in Public Libraries MOOC a couple of weeks ago. This may be nothing more than an indication of participation and completion… but still a little exciting. 😛

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    This badge is earned by completing all four modules of the MOOC, Are you Experienced? Exploring User Experience in Public Libraries [customer service, youth services, technology management, and community engagement] at the intermediate level. The course was led by faculty members from the Department of Library and Information Science in the School of Informatics and Computing at Indiana University in Indianapolis.

via Silver • Credly

Public Libraries & MOOCs Can Provide Access & Engagement

Public Libraries & MOOCs Can Provide Access & Engagement

When I first began work on my Masters through the University of North Texas, I had reservations about how I would do in a mostly online environment. Luckily, I thrived and found the tools provided through Blackboard to more than make up for the lack of “community” or “meeting of the minds”. I did like the fact that the first couple of classes began in person. The other LIS students I met during those couple of weeks I remain in contact with today, several years later. We bonded immediately because we knew our time together was short.

I wrote recently about how the University of Wisconsin and public libraries around their state worked together to provide resources and physical space for discussions for a MOOC on Great Lake climate change. Earlier this year, a university professor made the case for joining MOOC resources and meetups to provide a more meaningful learning experience.

And the Skokie Public Library in Illinois is piloting a program to encourage participation in two Coursera MOOCs by providing a venue for patrons to come together to watch lecture videos and have a “kitchen-table” type conversation about what they learned.

Public libraries and MOOCs have the same goals: to increase access and educate. Librarians want to provide access to quality resources. MOOCs provide that. The biggest barriers for patrons are access to technology. Libraries provide that. And we can provide the physical space and local resources to make the content more meaningful. I really hope to see more public libraries offering this kind of program in the future.

via Scaling Education to the Community: How Libraries Can Leverage MOOCs | MOOC Report.


MOOC from EdX with Stan Lee and Michael Uslan on The Rise of Superheroes and Their Impact On Pop Culture

The Smithsonian and EdX are offering a free MOOC called The Rise of Superheroes and Their Impact on Pop Culture co-taught by Stan Lee and Michael Uslan. It begins on May 5th and run for 5 weeks. Go here to learn more and register!

From Superman® and Spiderman®, to The Avengers® and The Hulk® and beyond, who are these heroes? And, how have they evolved from folklore and myth, across all cultures and religions?

Learn from Smithsonian and industry experts including:

Stan Lee, who created the modern superhero template. His early comics featuring Spiderman, Iron Man®, The Hulk, Thor®, and The Avengers led Marvel to success. He continues to reinvent himself to create modern global superheroes and appear in cameos in superhero films and TV, such as Avengers: Age of Ultron.

Michael Uslan, executive producer of top grossing, award winning movies, including The Dark Knight series, Lego® Movie, the animated Batman films and Batman® VS Superman.

In this course, we explore the following questions:

  • Why did superheroes first arise in 1938 and experience what we refer to as their “Golden Age” during World War II?
  • Why did the superhero genre ebb and flow in popularity over the decades?
  • How have comic books, published weekly since the mid-1930’s, mirrored a changing American society, reflecting our mores, slang, fads, biases and prejudices?
  • Why was the comic book industry nearly shut down in the McCarthy Era of the 1950’s?
  • How did our superheroes become super-villains in the eyes of the government, clergy, educators, and parents of the mid-20th Century?
  • When and how did comic books become acceptable again, and eventually become valid teaching tools in universities and schools?
  • When and how did comic book artwork become accepted as a true American art form as indigenous to this country as jazz?
  • Finally, when and how did comic books become “cool” and the basis for blockbuster movies, hit TV series, top-selling video games, and acclaimed animation, while also impacting fashion and style- and even the moral and ethical codes of children- around the globe?

via The Rise of Superheroes and Their Impact On Pop Culture | edX.