|Kristianstad University is a medium small Swedish university with around 11 000 students (2006) that was started as a teacher college in 1835. Today the university has 90 partner universities in the world and receives around 200 international students each year.|
Information management at Kristianstad University is based on the use of the intranet software First Class®, a bulletin-board, online conferencing and email system providing multifunctional support to both administrative and teaching functions. Delivery and management of distance-courses also use the LUVIT platform, a fully interactive virtual classroom supporting all steps of curriculum development, delivery, evaluation and follow-up. Both platforms can also be used for the management and collaborative work associated with research projects and networking. In combination with those available from the central services, the Department of Mathematics and Natural Sciences has its own in-house technical and professional competences to ensure permanent support to both its teaching and research platforms.
The central library is the centre for both resources and competence in information search and retrieval. The library has about 100,000 books and subscribes to about 450 printed journals. It also has access to over 24,000 electronic books and a large number of electronic journals in full text (ca. 4,000 titles). A useful feature for this project is the off campus access to search engines and electronic material via the library website through a proxy server. Through pre-service teacher education the University has developed a network of schools in the area where student teachers are doing practice teaching. Teaching teams are formed with school teachers and university teachers, who work together in courses containing both theory and practice teaching. These are resource groups for the implementation of the developed learning environments.