The role of the IHS library in supporting a distance learning programme: a practical assignment based on the experience of the Institute for Housing and Urban Development Studies (IHS)
This report is the final activity for the Integral Document Management (IDM) post-graduate course, and describes a practical assignment on what happened during a pilot project on distance learning at the Institute for Housing and Urban Development Studies (IHS). The focus is on the future tasks and activities that the IHS library should develop in the context of the wider implementation of distance learning within the institute. Apart from providing general background on the IHS, the report describes a pilot project on Housing Finance. It then looks ahead to the kind of support that the IHS library might need to establish for the institute’s Technology-Assisted Training and Education (TATE) Programme, a longer term distance learning initiative. The conclusions and recommendations relate to the IHS in general, to the Housing Finance pilot project, to the TATE Programme, and they reflect upon the ramifications for the support to be offered by the IHS library. The report ends with a short final conclusion that points towards the priority actions that need to be undertaken to enable the IHS library to be able to fully support distance learning throughout the institute.