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Degree Name

EdD (Doctor of Education)

Program

Educational Leadership

Date of Award

5-2009

Committee Chair or Co-Chairs

W. Hal Knight

Committee Members

Jasmine R. Renner, Harold Lee Daniels, Glenn Bettis

Abstract

ELearning at the secondary level is an emerging concept educators are exploring throughout Tennessee. Educators at Tennessee High School implemented a system of eLearning that improved their graduation rate, extended the educational day, and gave administrators more tools to use in helping students achieve success. Tennessee High School's model for eLearning developed over a 3-year time span and has substantially impacted the students in Bristol, Tennessee.

Tennessee High School's administration, in concert with faculty, developed an innovative method of challenging their students with a relatively new means of delivering education. By implementing a completely web based method of delivering instruction, they created an alternative approach to instructional delivery for students lacking credits for on-time graduation as well as those with discipline problems. Furthermore, they developed teacher professional development programs using this delivery system.

This case study focuses on the barriers, benefits, and components of Tennessee High School's eLearning implementation. These barriers that include such items as cost, policy formation, and curriculum development were all new concepts for the educators at Tennessee High School. This case documents how the benefits reaped by eLearning have impacted the students at THS. For example, the ability to offer more courses to students that fit almost any schedule has reduced scheduling conflicts. Administrators have enjoyed having another tool to work with concerning student discipline as well.

Document Type

Dissertation - Campus Only

Copyright

Copyright by the authors.

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