Brown Bag Lunches: MOOCs

The ENY/ACRL Brown Bag Lunch Series, which began in 2007, is an opportunity for librarians within a region to gather informally for lunch, discussion, and networking. This year’s Brown Bag events will focus on Massively Open Online Courses (MOOCs).  Will this online model develop into a recognized education tool within higher education or is it simply marketing hype?  Are MOOCs better geared towards educating the public or can they be utilized in emerging online classroom environments?  Come join colleagues from your area to discuss the possible benefits and pitfalls MOOCs present to institutions of higher learning.

Many Thanks to Clarkson University, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF), and the University at Albany for generously offering to host this year’s Brown Bag gatherings.

Clarkson University
Date: Friday, November 1st, 2013
Time: 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Location: Educational Resources Center (ERC) 1504 Presidents Conference Room
Description: MOOCS – A conversation about what they are, trends, news, and other information.
Additional Information: Contact Campus Safety and Security for Parking Pass and Information Please contact Michelle Young if you are planning to attend.

SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF), Syracuse
Date: Thursday, November 7th, 2013
Time: 12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Location: Moon Library, Room 110
Description: Discussion will be facilitated by Nancy Turner, Research and Assessment Analyst, Syracuse University Libraries.
Additional Information:  Registration is free, but we ask you to RSVP to Nancy Turner ( by November 5, in order for us to provide a beverage and some snacks. However, last minute walk-ins are welcome even without an RSVP.

Attendees should bring their own “brown bags” and may want to consider stopping by the Trailhead Café in the Gateway Center, which is a new SUNY ESF building, and well worth a visit.

Directions to SUNY-ESF:

Paid parking is available at Irving Garage at: and

University at Albany
Date: Wednesday, October 30th, 2013
Time: 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Location: Standish room, 3rd floor of the Science Library
Description: Trudi Jacobson, Distinguished Librarian and  Head of Information Literacy Department, University at Albany, will share her experience about teaching her Metaliteracy MOOC, UNL 300x in collaboration with Dr. Tom Mackey from Empire State College.
Additional Information: Attendees not affiliated with the University can park for free in the Visitor’s parking lot. Please register by e-mailing Jane Kessler at or Irina Holden at

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