The goals of this study were to depict the continuing educational needs of Region VIII state transportation departments, to devise alternative methods of educational delivery, and to identify and overcome institutional and technological barriers. Surveys of Wyoming and North Dakota transportation department employees were conducted to measure interests and needs. This report identifies and evaluates methodologies used to deliver education over long distances. The criteria and delivery methods were identified through a literature search and through interviews with distance education professionals. An overview of distance education issues is included and institutional and technological barriers are identified. The rural nature of Region VIII hinders continuing education for geographically dispersed practicing transportation professionals. An effective distance education delivery system could meet many continuing education needs. The evaluation of distance education delivery systems revealed that systems most resembling the interaction present in a traditional classroom setting best met the criteria for educational effectiveness. The cost effectiveness of these systems will depend on the users' needs and system design. The distance education system chosen will present unique inter-institutional barriers.

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  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Prepared in cooperation with Wyoming Univ., Laramie, Dept. of Civil Engineering, and North Dakota State Univ., Fargo, Upper Great Plains Transportation Inst. Sponsored by Department of Transportation, Washington, DC, University Transportation Centers Program.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Mountain-Plains Consortium

    North Dakota State University
    Fargo, ND  United States  58108
  • Authors:
    • Lorenzen, M L
    • Wilson, E M
    • Tolliver, D
  • Publication Date: 1993-7


  • English

Media Info

  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Features: Appendices; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 41 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00715409
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: MPC Report No. 94-27
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jan 28 1996 12:00AM