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Extension Video Series New Service to PE's

The College of Engineering Extension Service is developing a new series of video tape programs designed to meet the professional development requirements of Alabama's registered professional engineers and land surveyors, according to an announcement from James O. Bryant, associate dean for engineering extension.
The Engineering Professional Development (EPD) video series will use a video correspondence course format. Individuals and organizations can obtain taped seminars on current engineering and management topics to view at their convenience under the program.
Individuals desiring continuing education unit (CEU) credit for the course can complete and return an examination furnished with the video tape. Provisions also can be made to award CEU credit for participation in a group viewing of a video program.
"We are making every effort to assure these programs comply with all requirements of the State of Alabama Board of Registration for Professional Engineers and Professional Land Surveyors for use in the renewal of licenses," according to Jerry McCreary, industrial engineer with the Engineering Extension Service. "The series is geared to the needs of the working engineer and surveyor."
An in-depth study revealed that this kind of format is one that is overwhelmingly preferred, McCreary added. He cited potential advantages in personal scheduling flexibility and savings in travel time and expenses, particularly for professional engineers or land surveyors who live in other states.
The EPD series was developed from PRECISE teleseminars presented via satellite links at sites around Alabama in 1993 and 1994.
"The increase in satellite transmission fees in the past year priced us out of the live teleseminar market," remarked Belinda Reutter, PRECISE program developer, "but it turned out to be a blessing in disguise. By forcing us to look at other delivery modes, we were able to identify a format that will better meet the needs of our clients while permitting us to produce a higher quality product."
Some of the PRECISE teleseminar programs will be available in the EPD format, but a major Engineering Extension focus will be to produce new titles in response to input from PEs and land surveyors.
A new program available now, "Engineers as Consulting and Testifying Experts," is a 15-hour video that offers practical details from 11 authorities on the challenges to the PE and land surveyor of dealing with the legal system.
Promotional material on the EPD series is now being distributed, and information on video courses available can be also obtained by contacting McCreary or Reutter at 334/844-4370 or by writing the EPD Video Series Program, Engineering Extension Service, 217 Ramsay Hall, Auburn University, AL 36849-5331.

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