Supporting Students at a Distance

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Donald Mitchell


This paper looks at the experience of Union School of Theology, and specifically the library service in supporting distance students studying at undergraduate, post graduate and research level. Consideration is given to the challenges of resource provision, copyright and information literacy. The case study explores solutions developed through practice and experience, notes the benefits of structures and technologies that engage the students, and considers lessons learned from the particular model adopted. The conclusion emphasises the necessity of equivalence of student experience whether on, or off campus. Emphasis is placed on the role of librarians and teaching faculty in theological institutions as partners in the development and equipping of students as life-long learners.

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