for TUHSD (Project Purpose) - The purpose of this
project was to assist TUHSD in identifying potential barriers
to effective design and development of 20 online high school
courses. Previously, TUHSD had been named a provider of Technology
Assisted Project Based Instruction (TAPBI), which required
it to provide a “variety of educational methodologies
employed by the school and the means of addressing the unique
needs and learning styles of targeted pupil populations. TUHSD
wished to identify strategies leading to optimal implementation
of the program. As the program was only just beginning, the
project was oriented to help prevent potential performance
problems, rather than correct any current performance deficiency.
Summary the Project - The Tempe Union High School
District (TUHSD) prides itself on the excellence of its teaching
and in the achievement of its students. Recently having been
named a provider of Technology Assisted Project Based Instruction
(TAPBI) in the state of Arizona, TUHSD faced a new challenge:
to create 20 effective, online high school courses by the
Fall of 2004.
Successful deployment depends in large measure on the ability
of the teachers of those courses to effectively design and
develop the instructional content. Therefore, TUHSD must ensure
that the teachers who are to design, develop, and teach the
new courses are sufficiently trained, prepared, and supported
in their work.
To help identify factors that might prevent teachers from
meeting the challenge, a team of human performance technology
students from Arizona State University worked closely with
TUHSD during a two-month period in the fall of 2003 as the
TAPBI program began. The report that follows documents the
data collection methods we employed, our findings and subsequent
recommendations for attaining success.
The findings and recommendations are briefly summarized.