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Project Background and History


The Maryland Electronic Learning Community (MELC) is part of the Baltimore Learning Community (BLC), a challenge grant given to the Baltimore City Schools in the first round of the U.S. Department of Education Technology Innovation Challenge Grants in 1995. In addition to MELC, the BLC includes the Baltimore Initiative, a collaboration between researchers at Johns Hopkins University and several Baltimore public high schools in the development of video materials and curriculum to support school to work transitions at the high school level. The Maryland Electronic Learning Community (MELC) refers to the portion of the project that is a collaboration between the University of Maryland at College Park, the Baltimore City Schools, and corporate and public sponsors.

MELC was designed to investigate how an electronic learning community could be created around the development and use of a multimedia digital library for teacher generated lesson plans and activities. Researchers from three different areas of the University of Maryland are actively engaged in investigating the implementation of this digital library. These areas include Maryland's College of Education, College of Library and Information Services (CLIS), and the Human-Computer Interaction Laboratory (HCIL). Faculty and graduate students in each of these areas have contributed to the project's success through their ongoing support of the middle school teachers as well as through their research on the project.

The Maryland Electronic Learning Community involves numerous project partners and has grown significantly since the project began in 1995. Please explore the rest of this web site, which contains additional information on the MELC project partners, schools, history and research as well as the people involved in making it happen.

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