Rhizomatic Learning, MOOCs, Libraries and Open Access

Of the many interesting points that were made today in Dave Cormier’s Rhizomatic Learning webinar, one particularly resonated with me.  With MOOCs we need to be very much aware of content ownership. As MOOC participants come from all around the globe, all resources used within the MOOC need to be freely available.  Any resource that resides in a publisher’s walled garden is not going to be of much import in this environment.  MOOCs will most likely be a great boost to the use of open access resources (journals, data, etc.) and a lifeline to many faltering “institutional repositories” (basically digital collections of an institution’s intellectual output that is freely available on the web).  Many universities have these digital collections which can be searched by going directly to the universities’ websites or via Google Scholar which indexes some of them. Here are a few Canadian ones:

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