Development of the digital high school project: A school-university partnership

Wilhelmina Savenye, Herb Dwyer, Mary Niemczyk, Zane Olina, Alexander Kim, Adamos Nicolaou, Howard Kopp

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A school district in the southwestern United States has over the past several years built its infrastructure to support high-quality technology integration by its teachers. The district partnered with a nearby university’s educational technology graduate program to develop a digital high school project. Teachers and advanced instructional-design graduate students developed and field-tested four projects to aid teachers in implementing Web-based distance education, as follows: (1) A Rookie Camp was developed as an introductory unit to help students begin to use instruction delivered via WebCT courseware; (2) in The Odyssey Project a stand-alone Web-based courselet was developed for teachers to use to teach poetic devices and epic hero qualities related to The Odyssey; (3) A needs assessment yielded recommendations for teacher training and support for Web-based instruction; (4) Finally, a prototype unit was developed to help teachers learn about digital copyright issues related to distance learning via the Web.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationDistance Education
Subtitle of host publicationWhat Works Well
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)9780203050224
StatePublished - Jan 1 2012


  • Distance education
  • Educational technology
  • Instructional development
  • Needs assessment
  • Partnerships
  • Preservice teacher education
  • Teacher training
  • Technology
  • Technology integration
  • Web-based learning

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Computer Science


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