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Strategies for supporting external research students: The discussion group

Hugh Kearns and Fran Banytis
Staff Development and Training Unit, Flinders University, Adelaide
Flinders University research higher degree students may be located in areas as diverse as Arnhem Land and Helsinki. On campus research students are regularly offered a range of training workshops to complement their formal programs, which are eagerly attended. These workshops are held throughout the year and cover an extensive range of research skills topics, computer and information literacy, and a variety of management strategies. However, a range of students are not able to access these opportunities due to distance, disability, family and work obligations.

This discussion group will explore student support delivery mechanisms for external research students. A wide range of academic and non-academic support modes tested by Flinders University are possible, for example:

Students may be scattered around the globe or precluded from campus access. Implemented thoughtfully, these initiatives may enrich a student's overall learning and assist with overcoming isolation. However, they need to be economical and cost effective and it is hoped that by discussion and sharing experiences administrators may extend the outreach of educational opportunities.
Please cite as: Kearns, H. and Banytis, F. (2003). Strategies for supporting external research students: The discussion group. In Partners in Learning. Proceedings of the 12th Annual Teaching Learning Forum, 11-12 February 2003. Perth: Edith Cowan University. http://lsn.curtin.edu.au/tlf/tlf2003/abstracts/kearns1-abs.html

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