Strategies for Success
- Identify key collaborators and advisors for guidance throughout
- Establish a 'shared vision' of all participants and encourage
innovative thinking when developing project purposes, goals,
- Determine meaningful goals and activities by canvassing the
target audience regularly.
- Sustain user-centered goals and activities driven by target
audience needs throughout the project.
- Maintain consistent, efficient, and effective communication
- Maintain flexibility to meet unexpected challenges [i.e.,
- Sustain project activities after the end of the project funding
The success of the project was measured not only in the implementation
of digital art resources into cross-disciplinary K-Lifelong learning
curriculum, but also by the lessons we learned along the way.
Below are some important aspects we uncovered for planning, implementing,
and achieving success during this project.
The Target Audience
- Focus Groups helped us identify our target audience and also
served as advisors throughout the life of the project.
- Canvassing our target audience continuously ensured that user
needs steered project goals.
- Resources and activities needed to be meaningful and easily
accessible to the teachers, librarians, and students and reflect
the needs of the classroom.
- Education professionals required a high degree of professional
development through workshops to learn how to select, access,
and integrate digital resources into their curriculum as well
as to build collaborations with librarians and other cultural
- Project goals and resources needed to be flexible in order
to accommodate unexpected user needs and technology issues.
- Ongoing communication through meetings, workshops, and listserv's
among the project participants, directors, focus groups, and
advisory boards helped keep the activities user-centered.
- Contracts were negotiated so that site licenses, terms, and
fee structures were reasonable and reflected out target audiences'
abilities and needs both during and after the project.
- The usage terms with vendors needed to be flexible to include
theses resources in the varying instructional activities and
technical capabilities of our audiences.
- Vendors were extremely favorable to setting responsible service
level agreements and fee structures for the K-Lifelong learning
- Commercial resources were best accessed through a central
modem pool (at the IUPUI University Library) using authentication
- Network security of participating schools and libraries varied
and created difficulty for access to project resources. Collecting
participant IP addresses at the highest level (firewall or IP
router) and having the contact information for the IT support
person at the school or library was our most effective strategy
for avoiding security barriers.
- Appropriate communication mechanisms needed to be in place
to respond quickly to the technical needs of participants.
- Project managers must be knowledgeable about technology infrastructure
issues and creatively respond to technical capabilities of schools
- Sharing equipment and resources allowed for broad participation
among all project participants.
- Listserv groups served a vital role in keeping teachers, librarians,
and project managers in communication.
Intellectual Popery and Copyright
The project manager must:
- Be aware of copyright and intellectual property issues and
know proper channels to consult as needed concerning access
and delivery of digital content.
Significant Intellectual Property and Copyright resources
that were utilized or developed included:
IUPUI Copyright Management Center
Museum of Art, Department of the Registrar
County Public Library
- The Artists'
- Instructional Units License
- Photography Release Form
- Term and Use guidelines