Webinars replace seminars

Jul 7, 2003

The Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) is responding to customer requests for Professional Development Seminars direct to the desktop.

The Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) is responding to customer requests for Professional Development Seminars direct to the desktop. For some, budget cuts impacts their ability to travel to traditional classroom courses. SAE recently developed "Webinars," which are seminars delivered live through the web that offer a convenient way to receive technical courses without the need for travel. Webinars allow students to log into an online meeting center to receive the event from anywhere they are equipped with a telephone and a PC with Internet access.

SAE webinars are as informative and content-rich as a seminar and capitalize on the characteristics of the Web. Delivered in one or a series of two-hour sessions, webinars feature audio delivered by telephone, web-based presentations, interactive question-and-answer, and course-specific online forums for posting of supplemental materials, networking and threaded discussion. Registration for these e-Learning events is on an individual student basis. Individuals receive CEU's and an SAE Certificate of Completion when course requirements are complete.

Among the first titles available is a live, two-hour webinar titled "Introduction to Mobile Multimedia," instructed by Doug Melton, associate professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Kettering University scheduled for July 17, 2003. In addition to the interactive, live session, this webinar features an online pre-test to gage knowledge going into the course; an online post-test to measure the knowledge gained from the course; access to an online discussion forum one week prior to and two weeks following the live seminar for additional resources, networking, questions, and threaded discussions; audio files demonstrating compression techniques; video compression software; a course handout provided in .pdf format for easy download; and an SAE Certificate of Completion and CEUs upon fulfilling the course requirements.

In August, a four hour webinar (two, 2-hour sessions) titled "Dynamics and Vibrations of Internal Combustion Engines: Part 1" focuses on the kinematics of the crank mechanism; basic kinetics of the crank mechanism; single cylinder unbalanced forces and moments; and in-line multi-cylinder unbalanced forces and moments. Kettering University Professor Richard Stanley of the Mechanical Engineering Dept. will instruct this course.

SAE members receive a discount off of webinar registration fees. Companies who register three or more people at the same time will receive 10% off each applicable fee. Participation is limited to 30 students. For more information and to register, visit http://www.sae.org/webinars.

Written by Gary Erwin