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Publication Date

April 2014

Publication Title

California Association of Research Libraries (CARL)


Library and Information Science


Universities have embraced massive open online courses (MOOCs) with startling speed. For some, this “disruptive” idea sparks excitement about a world of free and easily accessible education. Others see MOOCs as a way to further monetize education and reduce faculty on the academy’s payroll. This session encourages you to get involved in the conversation and consider other provocative questions arising from the new academic landscape created by open educational resources and free online courses. In an Oxford-style debate, session attendees get to be the debaters by voting on some of today’s most controversial issues, engaging in debate, then voting a second time to see if opinions have been changed. Join us for a stimulating, informative and interactive exploration of the controversies surrounding the latest developments in open education.


This is a paper presented at the California Academic & Research Libraries 2014 Conference and published in the CARL 2014 Conference Proceedings. It can also be found online at this link.