Many land-based institutions are having to adapt to a growing online landscape. This leads to an increased demand for online libraries and student support services. Accessing resources online can be challenging. However, support services are always being developed to assist students.
The shift to online support
It can be incredibly challenging for teachers and lecturers to offer an entire curriculum online. However, many institutions only accept online forms these days. Online platforms can offer web-based counseling services via “face time” and online libraries.
Many institutions have revamped their systems and libraries to better serve online students, and even campus-based learners use these online services from time to time. Assisting students with this transition to online support is a crucial area that needs some attention.
Online support is not new
The idea of providing support online is not a new concept. However, educational institutions face many challenges. Firstly, with the vast amount of information available online, students can often experience an information overload. To combat these issues, universities have started transitioning their in-house library services to students online.
This transition obviously involves a lot of work, as thousands, and in some cases, millions of books need to be uploaded into an online database. However, many universities have succeeded in completing this transition.
The transition is still in progress
Many institutions still demand that students do their research on campus. However, these institutions slowly realize that they need to extend library services beyond normal work hours. In some cases, a textbook may be able to address a problem, but in other cases, students may desire quick access to an online library.