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Key Success Factors for Museum-University-Public School Partnerships

TitleKey Success Factors for Museum-University-Public School Partnerships
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2003
AuthorsLorch, B., Brazas J., & Thomas C.
Secondary TitleInternational Cultural Heritage Informatics Meeting: Proceedings from ichim03
PublisherArchives & Museum Informatics
Place PublishedÉcole du Louvre, Paris, France
EditorPerrot,(d. 2007), X.
Keywordscollaboration, Digital Library, educational outreach, ichim, ichim03, Institutional partnerships, learning technologies, Online Curricula, Public School

This paper describes the structure, methods and key success factors of the Chicago Public Schools | University of Chicago Internet Project (CUIP), Chicago WebDocent and eCUIP: The Digital Library Project. Over the past seven years, the University of Chicago has worked closely with 29 Chicago Public Schools on the city’s mid-South Side, seven large museums and libraries and Chicago Public Schools leadership to continually improve the use of computers and the Internet as teaching and learning tools. Since its inception the program and its participants, large, complex educational institutions, have made large strides toward creating a stronger “computer culture” among students, teachers and administrators in the schools. Included is information on the overall structure of the CUIP initiative and partnership, the process of Chicago WebDocent curriculum production and the process of Digital Library content provision. We outline the success factors needed to facilitate such museum-university-public school collaborations. We describe these programs, which employ computers, the Internet and the city’s museum holdings as teaching tools in an attempt to remediate the problems which plague the Chicago schools, a system of mainly poor, minority and under-performing public institutions. Specific school improvements as measured with statistics are not presented here but rather an illumination of the nature of the CUIP approach is presented so that others may benefit from the lessons we have learned in Chicago.