The goal for this three-year university partnership, which was funded by the Middle East Partnership Initiative through Higher Education for Development (MEPI/HED), was to create and pilot a program designed to teach Lebanese in-service K12 teachers both how to use and how to teach with computer technology in their classrooms. The program was modeled after a program developed by Dr. Codde and others at Michigan State University and offered as a graduate certificate program for in-service K12 teachers. The MSU program has served approximately 3,000 Michigan teachers over the past 14 years.
The Social Sciences and Education Division at the Lebanese American University (LAU) in Beirut hosted the program with the close supervision and assistance of the Teacher Certificate Institute and the Institute for Peace and Justice Education. LAU offers a limited number of courses in educational technology and this program expanded on those offerings. The program targeted in-service teachers, primarily women, representing the major religious confessions in Lebanon.