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ASCE Expands Distance Learning Programs

February 2009 Volume 34, Number 2

Short Takes

In response to the desire expressed by members for convenient and economical education opportunities, ASCE has augmented its distance learning programs. This year it will be offering more than 200 live Web seminars (“webinars”) designed to address timely and important engineering topics.

The Society has been offering webinars for more than six years now, and last year more than 175 of them were made available. This year will see webinars on many new topics in a variety of technical specialties. New webinars include the following:

  • Going Green: Diverting Materials from Landfills; 
  • Design and Rehabilitation of Foundations on Expansive Soils; 
  • Wind and Seismic Retrofit of Wood-Framed Buildings; 
  • Structural Steel Basics: Specifying Lightweight Wood Trusses; 
  • Condition Evaluation of Existing Structures; 
  • Designing Streets for Residential Subdivisions; 
  • Planning and Street Operations of Light-Rail Systems; 
  • Understanding HEC-RAS Errors, Warnings, and Notes; 
  • Bridge Scour Computations with HEC-RAS.

Anyone participating in a webinar can earn professional development hours (PDHs). ASCE is also developing new online courses that will be available at any time so that members can remain current and earn the PDHs needed for renewing a professional engineering license.

The popularity of ASCE’s webinars continues to grow. In 2008 the total enrollment exceeded 40,000. The most popular webinars included Preparing and Implementing Construction Site Storm-Water Pollution Prevention Plans (860 participants); Ethics: The Road All Engineers Must Follow (844 participants); and Traffic Impact Studies (776 participants). In response to increasing demand, ASCE will hold more than 200 webinars this year, and more than 48,000 individuals are expected to participate.

Webinars typically run 60 to 90 minutes and are designed to be practice oriented and to address topics of current interest. Participants pay a single site registration fee that permits an unlimited number of engineers to attend at that site. Participants view the instructor’s PowerPoint slides while he or she is lecturing. They can also interact with the instructor and other participants and can receive immediate answers to their questions.

For additional information on ASCE’s webinars and online courses, visit ASCE Continuing Education