Albuquerque, New Mexico
June 24, 2001
June 24, 2001
June 27, 2001
6.69.1 - 6.69.6
Session 2315 A New Format for Continuing Education- Professional Development Lectures
Francis M. Thomas, Steven L. McCabe Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering University of Kansas
The Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at the University of Kansas has developed a series of lectures for practicing engineers. These have been named the “Professional Development Series.”
The Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at the University of Kansas has conventional undergraduate and graduate programs. The Department offers Bachelors, Masters, and Ph.D. degrees on the main campus of the University of Kansas in Lawrence. The Department also offers a masters level graduate program at the Edwards Campus which is in the Kansas City metropolitan area. In addition to conventional degree programs, the Department offers, on a yearly basis, a series of one-day technical programs that are attended by practicing engineers.
These programs have addressed a long-standing need for continuing education in the engineering community, but in recent years, engineers have requested a different form of continuing education than traditionally had been offered. There is a need for information to be available to all engineers, not just those seeking advanced degrees. The request has been for continuing education material that would be available in a single lecture format, rather than a semester-long format as is required for graduate courses.
In response, the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at the University of Kansas has developed a series of technical lectures. Each of the lectures is two hours in length and is presented by a different faculty member. The lectures present an overview of various current aspects of civil and environmental engineering. The participants attending the lectures can select and attend only those lectures that are of interest to them. This series of lectures is entitled the “Professional Development Series in Civil and Environmental Engineering.” The series was first presented in the spring semester of 1999. Due to its success, a new series was offered during the spring semester of 2000. In response to the needs of engineers in other disciplines, the 2001 series has been expanded to include topics from other engineering disciplines.
“Proceedings of the 2001 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition Copyright 2001, American Society for Engineering Education”
McCabe, S., & Thomas, F. (2001, June), A New Format For Continuing Education Professional Development Lectures Paper presented at 2001 Annual Conference, Albuquerque, New Mexico. https://peer.asee.org/9605
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