ERIC Number: ED441365
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
Professional Development and TransLink[R]. Final Report.
Kuhn, Beverly T.; Jasek, Deborah
This report covers one segment of a larger professional development program for transportation professionals that addresses the need to develop a larger cadre of transportation professionals capable of designing, planning, managing, operating, and maintaining the transportation infrastructure nationwide. Three specific tasks were undertaken and completed for this project: the development of an intelligent transportation system (ITS) professional development publications database; the development of a traffic signal educational exercise for high school students; and preparation of a white paper on distance learning. The publications database contains information on ITS publications and materials at Texas A&M University's TransLink Research Center. The traffic signal exercise introduces students to the complex task of timing traffic signals, discussing the importance of traffic signal control, types of traffic signals used worldwide, traffic signal equipment and settings, and theory and terminology. It offers students an opportunity to develop a physical lane design and timing plan for a model intersection. The white paper defines the concept of distance learning, noting advantages and disadvantages of its numerous components. Appended is an annotated list of ITS professional development publications, slides of the traffic signal control module, and the white paper on distance learning defined. (SM)
Descriptors: Curriculum, Databases, Distance Education, Engineering Education, High School Students, High Schools, Professional Development, Systems Development, Technology Education, Technology Transfer, Transportation, Vehicular Traffic
National Technical Information Service, 5285 Port Royal Road, Springfield, VA 22161.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Students
Sponsor: Federal Highway Administration (DOT), Washington, DC.; Texas State Department of Transportation, Austin.
Authoring Institution: Texas A and M Univ., College Station. Texas Transportation Inst.