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Public Roads - July/August 2000

Training Update

The National Highway Institute (NHI)

nhilogo_4901 N. Stuart Street, Suite 300

Arlington, VA 22203

National Highway Institute Instructor Conference To Be Held Oct. 18-20, 2000

In an effort to recognize the vital part that instructors play in the training process, the first National Highway Institute (NHI) Instructor Conference will be held October 18-20, 2000. This will serve as a forum for open communication and exchange of information that will help all of NHI’s instructors better serve the training needs of the transportation community. The conference will be held at the Cheyenne Mountain Conference Center in Colorado Springs, Colo.

The audience will be contractors, subcontractors, and FHWA staff who are actively involved in the development and delivery of NHI training programs. The conference will include interactive workshop sessions for instructors to refine their skills in instructional design and delivery. Some workshop topics include "How to Effectively Use Visual Learning Tools" and "How to Take Instructor-Centered Materials and Present It in a Learning-Centered Classroom," among others. This is also a forum for soliciting ideas about ways to improve NHI and provide information about changes taking place within the training community.

Jim Bagnola, a leadership expert, will speak at the conference. Bagnola is a senior partner with The Leadership Group, an organization dedicated to transforming cultures from a "do as you are told" environment to a "do whatever it takes" mindset. Donald Kirkpatrick, an internationally recognized expert on evaluating training effectiveness and the author of Evaluating Training Programs: The Four Levels, will discuss the four levels of evaluation. Karen Medsker, chair of the Human Resources Department of the School of Business at Marymount University, will speak on instructional system design.

For more information on the conference, contact Larry Jones at (703) 235-0523 or

Software Procurement Course Offered

Software Procurement (#13620) is a new one-day workshop targeted at changing the way state project managers and procurement officials approach the funding of ITS projects. This course is aimed at eliminating the "normal" low-bid approach to ITS procurement.

Software Procurement will examine the differences in requirements for procurement from construction and from ITS, will look at local barriers to ITS procurement needs, and will determine what options best meet local needs.

The target audience for this course is state highway agencies, FHWA divisions, and local transportation agencies. This course is free of charge until October 1, 2001. For more information, contact Eloise Freeman at (703) 235-0553 or