What's It All About?
Before You Start
There is one thing your system must have in order
to work through this online training course.
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?
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'.
Why is this course needed?
To gain an overall understanding of pavement design.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Take a look at the interface you'll be using - the navigation is located at the bottom.