Friday, 21 January 2011

Managing student expectations of university

Luongyang caves, China, July 2010

One of the key issues we face in supporting international students ( in fact all students) relates to managing expectations, so I was interested to see a new report from the 1994 group on this topic. It comprises a set of case studies in the areas of capacity building, academic experience, social experience and professional services, all of which offer opportunities for library involvement. It made me wonder how many libraries are really involved with this kind of outreach activity in their institution. One of my colleagues is working with a member of academic staff in this area, developing on line taster courses for prospective masters students. The taster course includes an IL element as well as subject content and I think it's a great idea.

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