Second Annual Forum on Transportation Education and Training:

Innovative Tools for Identifying and Delivering

Training for Transportation Practitioners


Co-Sponsored by the Transportation Research Board

Committee on Education and Training & Committee on Technology Transfer

Sunday January 9, 1999

Omni Shoreham Hotel – Blue Room


(8:00am – 8:30am  Continental Breakfast with Presenters)


9:00am – 9:05am  Welcome, Introductions

[Elaine Joost, Committee on Education and Training]


9:05am – 9:15am  Remarks  and Introduction of Keynote Speaker.

[Kelley Coyner, Research and Special Programs, USDOT]


-  [Explanation of Forum’s purpose and linkage to Innovation Conference]


9:15am – 9:35am  Setting the Stage:  Issues in Current Training

            [Beverly Scott, RI Transit Authority]


-  [Importance of identifying necessity of training & building on technology’s potential]


9:35am – 11:30am (w/break) “Identifying Training Needs” Portion

9:35 – 10:00  Presentation (and Questions)on Defining the 21st Century Workforce

            [Robert Paaswell, City College of New York, NY]


-         [Background into 21st Century transportation work force needs]


            10:00 – 10:30 Two individual case study presentations; how to identify needs…

                        (Individual, Group, Organization)

                        [Neal Denno, Rutgers National Transit Institute]

                        [Jean Michalski, Burlington Northern Santa Fe]


-         [Needs assessment: 

-  Determining trainees perceived needs and trainers understanding of those need needs in the public sector

-  Assessing training needs in private sector organizations; resolving perceptions vs. organization’s needs in the railroad industry]


            (10:30- 10:45 Break)



10:45 – 11:20  Open Forum (led by facilitator) of ideas and issues from case presentations

            [Randy Bergquist, Office of the Secretary, USDOT]


-  [Recap of discussion and open forum of other alternatives including barriers and solutions in utilizing alternatives presented, as well as other modes’ options]


11:20 –11:30 Lessons Learned from Morning Session (and transition to afternoon session) [Randy Bergquist, Office of the Secretary, USDOT]


11:30am – 1:00pm  Lunch (with time to view demonstrations)


1:00pm – 3:00pm “Developing Tools to Meet the Challenge” Portion

Two individual Groups (with participants assigned to location)

            1:00-1:10  Overview [Cheri Trenda]

            1:10-1:35  Introduction to Advanced Educational Technologies

            [Jeff Adler & George List, Rensselear Polytechnic Institute]


-  [Presentation of Paper discussing the state of the practice in educational technology for Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) training]


1:45-3:00 Four Breakout Sessions:


            -    Identifying Training Needs and Techniques

[John Anderson, Penn State & Luis Moscoso, Community Transit, presenters; James McManus, U. of Washington, facilitator, TBD; recorder]


-         [Insights into Penn DOT program into quantifying workforce training needs

-         Problems of small operators in learning about and accessing appropriate training]


-    Innovative Tools for Training the Manager/Professional

[Wilfred Nixon, U. of Iowa, & Katie McDermott, North Carolina State University, presenters; Eugene Wilson, U. of Wyoming, facilitator; TBD, recorder]



-         [Methods for adapting the traditional classroom setting to the professionals’ changing needs 

-         Use of non classroom, innovative alternatives to train, inform, and build consensus among professionals]


-         Innovative Tools for Training the Technician

[Arthur Goldberg, Transit Workers Union & Gerard Meyer, Carnegie Mellon Driver Training and Safety Institute, presenters; Kate Hunter-Zaworski, Montana State University, facilitator; TBD, recorder]




-  [Options for program development from a union perspective

-  Innovative techniques for improving skills as a teaching tool and measuring performance training that results in an enlarged workforce]


-    Utilizing Learning Technologies

[Ethan Sanders, American Society for Training and Development, & Dean Deeter, Castlerock Consultants, presenters; Cheri Trenda, University of Minnesota & TRB Committee on Technology Transfer, facilitator; TBD recorder]


-  [Determining the criteria of successful technologies

-  Implementing those criteria in effective, measurable ways]


(3:00 –3:15 Break)


3:15pm – 4:15pm  Wrap Up of Four Presentations & Drawing Conclusions & and Developing Next Steps [Damian Kulash, Eno Foundation]  


-  [Highlighting trends and drawing together lessons learned]


4:15pm – 4:45pm  Concluding Thoughts:  Beyond Traditional Transportation Environments [Steve VanBeek, Associate Deputy Secretary, USDOT]


-  [Education life as long learning and looking beyond traditional tools; linking innovation to revised and emerging technologies]


4:45pm – 5:00pm (Viewing of Demonstrations)