Snapshots of Current MOOC Undertaking

I recently began coursework for a Coursera MOOC hosted by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The MOOC is titled “Metadata: Organizing and Describing Information” and is being taught by Professor of Library and Information Science, Dr. Jefferey Pomerantz.

This MOOC is taking place between September 2 – October 21.  So far we have completed Units 1 and 2 of the program, covering topics such as the notion of metadata in general, and the metadata schema Dublin Core.  Though the course is intended for those without a background in metadata, the pace and the volume of materials makes it a course not intended for slackers.

The lectures are thorough and carefully detail the aspects about metadata which the instructor wishes to convey to his students. Poignant and interesting lecturers from experts in the field will follow many units of video lectures. Video lectures for the units total about one to two hours and are interspersed with questions that test our understanding of the material presented. Units are followed by graded homework assignments of about ten to fifteen questions.

For those who complete the course and obtain and average of 80% or above on the homework assignments, a Statement of Accomplishment will be awarded. As for me, so far so good on my quizzes, but I am not taking anything for granted with this MOOC. I’ll write more about this experience over the course of the next few weeks.

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