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Before You Start

There is one thing your system must have in order to work through this online training course.

1. The Flash Plug-In
It's time to test your system's sound settings and ability to play Flash 9 files via your browser. Because the course includes animation with audio, we strongly recommend that you access the course over a high-speed Internet connection. You can use a dial-up connection, but may experience download delays. If you can see and hear the small animation below, then you are all set. If you can see but cannot hear the small animation below, then adjust your volume settings and check whether your speakers are connected properly until you hear the audio track contained in the animation.

You can install the Flash 9 Plug-in yourself - simply accept the defaults and you are ready to go. You need to do this only if you cannot see and hear the small animation below.

In addition, you must be able to see the Flash video below in order to view the course. If you cannot, simply install the Flash 9 Plug-in by clicking the above link.


Technical support is always available via email or phone (916) 716-6235.

What's It All About?

The following questions and answers will help you better understand the purpose of the course, who needs to take it, and how to operate efficiently within the course environment.

What are the course objectives?

Why is this course needed?

Will I be tested on this material?

How is the material presented?

How will the student learn?

Can I control which section of the course I view?

Do I have to do the whole course at one time?

Will the course keep track which sections I've completed?

What if I have a hearing disability or just don't want the sound on while I'm viewing the training in my cubicle?

From where can I take this course? From my office? From my home? From a hotel room?


What are the course objectives?

Students will learn about the principles, equations, and resources needed to verify that the pavement section design meets requirements and gives the most 'bang for the buck'.

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Why is this course needed?

To gain an overall understanding of pavement design.

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Will I be tested on this material?

You are required to take a post-assessment to help us determine how much learning occurs during the course. You are also required to complete a course evaluation which measures student satisfaction with the course. Your assessment and evaluation scores are not reported to your supervisor and are used only to evaluate the effectiveness of the program as a whole.

In addition, at the end of each course module, you will be presented with "Knowledge Detour" quizzes. These are designed to help you review the course material you have learned. Automatic feedback will be given at time of quiz.

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pavement design home page

 

How is the material presented?

This course is interactive and is broken into 5 learning modules that take you on a "road trip" from San Bernardino to Lake Tahoe. Throughout the course, you will be presented with several situations and will be provided with learning material that will help you make your trip on time.

Once you are on the home page, you may begin the course by clicking the "Getting Started" link and watching the "Basics Movie". "Getting Started" will provide you with instructions to help you navigate through the course.

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exercise page

How will the student learn?

Based on the type of soil, projected truck traffic data, and specified materials, students will use basic design equations and decision tables to calculate the pavement layer thickness for each layer in both flexible and rigid pavement sections.

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Can I control which section of the course I view?

Yes. You can use the navigation trucks to move from module to module. However, the course material is presented in a sequence of lessons within each module designed to facilitate learning, so you will want to go in order. Once in each module, you can review all material on the navigation system, and click go to proceed to the next module. Be sure to review the getting started and basics movie located on the home page. This will discuss user control in depth.

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getting started page

Do I have to take the whole course at one time?

No. You can stop and start the course as your schedule allows. However, we recommend that you make your way through at least a module before taking a break. The course has five modules and takes most people one to two hours to complete.

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Will the course keep track of which sections I've been through?

No. If you don't view all the material in one sitting, you'll have to keep track of which portions you've been through. When you return, just navigate to the point where you left off.

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knowledge detour

What if I have a hearing disability or just don't want the sound on while I'm viewing the training in my cubicle?

Your local training coordinator can provide you with headsets that provide quiet listening of the course material.

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From where can I take this course? From my office? From my home? From a hotel room?

You can take this course from anywhere on the internet or from the Caltrans intranet.

So, you can access the course from anywhere and on any machine provided that you have access to the internet. The Flash 9 plug-in needs to be installed regardless of operating system or browser version.

Since the internet is a network of informally-syncronized servers, a level of instability in bandwidth (download speed) can be expected. This is usually not a problem on wideband connections, but it is more noticable on dial-up modem connections. If you have problems with downloading, try logging off and returning at a different time of day - you may find that the problem disappears. If the problem persists via your dial-up modem connection, then try accessing the course from your Caltrans desk, where a broadband connection exists.

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Start the Course

Take a look at the interface you'll be using - the navigation is located at the bottom.



When you are ready to begin, click the Start the Course button .

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