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Resource Discovery Network

Press release issued: 18 May 2001

Virtual tutorials 'any time, any where'

Students, lecturers and researchers who think they can find good Internet information on their subject area quickly and successfully may need to think again.

A national web initiative offering free online training in Internet skills was launched 8 May at

The Resource Discovery Network (RDN) Virtual Training Suite is a collaboration between 30 universities providing 40 'teach yourself' tutorials on the web from 'Internet Physicist' to 'Internet Philosopher'.

Each tutorial takes the user on a tour of the best of the Web for their subject, with expert 'tour guides' commissioned from universities, libraries, museums and research institutes across the UK.

The new website will be launched by Michael Wills, the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Education and Technology, and Sir John Kingman, Vice-Chancellor of Bristol University, via a live link-up at simultaneous launch events hosted by six UK universities: Bristol, Edinburgh, Nottingham, Kings College London, Oxford (held at Leeds) and Manchester.

Michael Wills, commenting on the website, said: 'It is going to train learners to make the best use of the Internet to support their particular subject focus, and to help them harness technology effectively, efficiently and economically.'

Sir John Kingman added: 'The ability to locate, evaluate and use information on the Internet is becoming an essential skill. This new educational resource will help people in all subject disciplines to learn more about using the Internet as a source of scholarly information.'

For information
The RDN Virtual Training Suite is at

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Copyright: 2001 The University of Bristol, UK
Updated: Friday, 18-May-2001 10:00:19 BST

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