Monday, June 01, 2009

Take a Class - Libraries and Gaming

This is an interesting idea for two reasons. First, the concept of "gaming in libraries" and second that it's offered through YouTube. You can learn more here and get a copy of the syllabus. Also, it's pretty cool that they have a library game lab!

Syracuse University professor to teach via YouTube

Syracuse University's School of Information Studies, or iSchool, is trying out the possibility of teaching a course that is open to students and the public via YouTube.

Throughout June, iSchool associate professor Scott Nicholson will teach the course "Gaming in Libraries" (IST 600) in three places online:

  • The Syracuse University YouTube channel, where video lectures and guest speakers will be posted and where students enrolled in the class will be required to post weekly video responses;
  • American Library Association Connect, a social networking site that will host the discussion of students, speakers, librarians and other participants from the general public;
  • The iSchool's online learning management system, a private space for enrolled students to ask questions and submit their assignments.

Nicholson hopes to reach public librarians who are interested in learning about incorporating gaming into their libraries and to bring together students, librarians, gamers and representatives of the gaming industry.

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