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Adoption of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC) for Librarians' Professional Development in Africa

Adoption of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC) for Librarians' Professional Development in Africa
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Author(s): Michael O. Fagbohun (Covenant University, Nigeria), Chrisopher Nkiko (Samuel Adegboyega University, Nigeria), Basiru Adetomiwa (Redeemer's University, Nigeria), Aderonke O. Asaolu (Covenant University, Nigeria), Nwanne M. Nwokeoma (Covenant University, Nigeria), Ugwunwa C. Esse (Covenant University, Nigeria) and Kazeem Omeiza Usman (Tallinn University, Estonia & University of Parma, Italy)
Copyright: 2018
Pages: 29
Source title: Library and Information Science in the Age of MOOCs
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Anna Kaushik (University of Kota, India)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-5146-1.ch003

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Abstract

Librarian development is the process of constantly strengthening professional attainment, broadening academic knowledge, and enhancing skills. This chapter explores how Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), can be used as continuing professional development of a librarian. This chapter narrates how MOOCs may offer a librarian an opportunity to upgrade their skills or further their education. It explains the benefits and challenges of the adoption of MOOCs for continuing professional development in developing countries and how this can be applied in developing economies. The major benefits of MOOCs to librarians are to help in professional and personal learning, but most librarians who wish to experience progressive career-development are yet to ascertain this fact. The chapter concludes that librarians have the opportunity to leverage this technology to improve their relevant professional skills in the 21st century. It is also established that the adoption and use of MOOCs among professional librarians in Africa is low as in advanced countries.

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