ERIC Number: ED452431
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
An Analysis of the Market Potential for Distance Learning Opportunities in Transportation Professional Development.
Durkop, Brooke R.; Jasek, Debbie; Kuhn, Beverly T.
The feasibility and sustainability of a distance learning program at the Texas Transportation Institute, which is part of the Texas A&M University system, was investigated. A literature review and online survey of current transportation professionals were conducted to examine the market potential for a distance learning program and to identify those engineering topics that are in high demand within various transportation organizations. The survey was publicized via e-mail announcements that were sent to professional societies and organizations within the transportation community. Of the approximately 1,500 recipients of the announcement, 209 completed the survey. Most respondents had an overall good perception of continuing education opportunities within the field of transportation. Although the respondents expressed a slight preference for online course techniques, they also expressed significant levels of interest in interactive video-based and CD-ROM-based courses. Most respondents indicated a desire to participate in distance learning courses once or twice a year. Courses in traffic engineering, modeling/simulation, and intelligent traffic systems were rated as top three types of courses most urgently needed. Although awareness of distance learning opportunities was high, relatively few respondents or their coworkers had participated in such opportunities. (The bibliography lists 7 references. The questionnaire and raw results are appended.) (MN)
Descriptors: Distance Education, Educational Demand, Educational Media, Educational Needs, Employee Attitudes, Employment Qualifications, Engineering Education, Higher Education, Interactive Video, Literature Reviews, Needs Assessment, Online Courses, Online Systems, Optical Data Disks, Professional Continuing Education, Professional Development, Technical Institutes, Technology Education, Traffic Circulation, Traffic Control, Transportation
For full text: http://swutc.tamu.edu/Reports/167702-1.pdf.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Texas State Department of Transportation, Austin.
Authoring Institution: Texas A and M Univ., College Station. Texas Transportation Inst. Southwest Region University Transportation Center.