UBC designated flexible learning as a priority for 2013. As defined by the Provost and Vice President Academic, “Flexible learning is about enabling pedagogical and logistical flexibility in higher education, often facilitated by technology”.
UBC Library’s senior management team identified the digital classroom as one of its top priorities for the 2013/14 fiscal year with a particular focus on:
- The provision of UBC digital content through the work of the Digital Initiatives unit and cIRcle, UBC’s institutional repository;
- Distance research support through learning tools, tutorials, guides, personal instruction, and virtual reference services (such as AskAway); and,
- Library services and content streamed into the Learning Management System (LMS).
In many ways, academic libraries have been leaders in the development of flexible learning as the growth of digital content has reoriented many processes within libraries. As a leader in digital content creation and access, the Library is also able to support the development of flexible learning and to progress the digital classroom priority through new innovation.