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To:      Consortium for ITS Training and Education (CITE) Participants

From:    Phil Tarnoff, Kathleen Frankle

Date:    March 5, 1999

Re:      February 25th Meeting

We had a very productive meeting in Pittsburgh last week. Decisions were made on several important topics.
See below for a summary of the demonstrations, discussions and decisions.

Instructional Technologies Demonstrations and Discussion

Carnegie Mellon hosted the meeting. They provided an overview of the Carnegie Mellon Driver Training and
Safety Institute and showed us the National Guard training facilities.

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) gave a demonstration of several simulation modules that they have
developed. These modules are used as hands-on learning techniques for students enrolled in RPI courses.
They can be viewed on the web at If anyone has any questions about what RPI is
doing, please contact Don Millard at

Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) gave a demonstration of the Virtual Readiness University project they are
in process of developing for the Army National Guard Readiness Technology Support Program. The purpose
of the project is to increase the readiness of the National Guard force by providing professional development
and readiness training for personnel at the workplace or at home. Using the web, the program is able to
increase access to training and improve its efficiency. The demonstration of the Virtual Readiness University
consisted of several parts. One was the collaborative virtual workspace (CVW) which was designed to support
work teams separated by time and space. It is persistent virtual space within which applications, documents
and people exist in rooms, floors and buildings. It was designed this way because it is familiar to people and it
is easy to understand and navigate. The second part of the Virtual Readiness University demonstration was
Carnegie Mellon Online which consists of the development and presentation of web-based courses. Currently,
Carnegie Mellon Online is used to deliver academic courses to CMU students. CMU has four courses
currently on-line and is in the process of developing five others. Of those currently in development is an
Engineering Economics course and the Army National Guard courses. You can visit Cranegie Mellon Online
at If anyone has any questions about what Carnegie Mellon is doing, please
contact either Sally Cunningham at or Dan Rehak at

Following the demonstrations, the group discussed the delivery mechanism that CITE will use for the
Introduction to ITS course. It was proposed and the group agreed to try to use the Carnegie Mellon Online as
the delivery mechanism for web-based instruction. The RPI simulation tools would be used within the CMU
Online where appropriate. Phil Tarnoff and Kathy Frankle will work out the details and costs.

Introduction to ITS Course Syllabus

Antoine Hobeika, Chair of the Curriculum Committee, reviewed the draft two-semester Introduction to ITS
course syllabus that was distributed to everyone prior to the meeting. Many of you who were unable to attend
submitted your comments early and those comments were brought up during the discussion of the draft
syllabus. A few edits were made and a final syllabus was approved.
Process of Getting Courses into Participating Universities’ Curriculum

It was determined that the Introduction to ITS course syllabus is not detailed enough for the universities to
decide whether they will deliver the course or not. The group felt that a more detailed outline and a
demonstration of how the course would look on-line would be necessary. Outstanding issues that were of
concern included: testing, grading, projects/case studies, security and course content.

The issue of timing was also raised as a concern. Everyone agreed that in order to get the Introduction to ITS
course approved for the fall of 1999, they needed more information immediately. The question of schedule
was raised with CMU who indicated that it would be virtually impossible to have a web-based course ready for
fall 1999. In order to reach the fall 1999 deadline, the entire course would need to be completed by July 1 st so
it could be reviewed, tested and debugged. The group agreed that it was necessary to push back the CITE
schedule for a spring 2000 rollout of the Introduction to ITS course. However, it is important that CITE stay
focused since a spring delivery is only possible if we keep a steady pace of development.

The Curriculum Committee will coordinate with the course developers. It will be necessary for the developers
to complete a detailed outline of their module(s) by mid to late March. The outline will need to include
objectives, content outline, any special delivery techniques (ie. Video clips, simulation, etc.),
exercises/problems, supporting illustrations, and any references and handouts.

Business Model

Dick Worrall, Chair of the Business Models Committee, presented an overview of the draft document that was
distributed to everyone prior to the meeting. There was a lengthy discussion of the topic. With a few minor
edits, the group approved the document. Once the edits are completed, the final Business Model will be
distributed. Phil Tarnoff and Kathy Frankle presented a draft CITE Organizational Chart. With one edit, the
group approved the chart. A copy of the final is attached. The group felt that the next step was to develop a
Business Plan for CITE.

Other Business

A web site for CITE is currently under development by Kathy Frankle and Liana Montero. An`”under
development” version was shown to the group. The web site will be posted in mid-March for everyone to
review before it is finalized.

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