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29 The Transit Industry Course Catalog was created as part of this effort in order to create one location for transit professionals to look for training courses and resources online. We created the course catalog with the specific focus of ensuring that course information was presented in a way that can be easily understood by those using it. We located and documented 180 courses and reviewed the material for accuracy and completeness before finalizing them for the web- based application. For the web-based application, we focused on creating a visually appealing and user-friendly format for individuals across the transit industry. We integrated basic functionality like search, but also included additional resources and capabilities, including existing, high quality training catalogs identified during our research and relevant transit training research reports. We also added in a way for users to add courses to the catalog. The web-based catalog can be found on Enoâs website at https://ntrb.enotrans.org/. Transit Catalog Overview The catalog homepage displays a welcome statement and was designed to feature the courses. This is highlighted by the large course search bar that is prominently displayed near the top of the page. Additionally, the homepage displays the courses that have been most recently added to the catalog. (See Figure 10.) Users will be able to contact the administrator using the âcontact usâ link. The link can be used to send the host corrections to training, additions, or edits. When the user completes the form, the host will be sent an email to view and respond to. (See Figure 11.) As previously discussed, the course catalog was created to offer ease of use with a visually pleas- ing display. Users will be able to search, sort, and filter content using various criteria. Additionally, users will be able to submit comments and leave ratings for any of the courses. (See Figure 12.) The âInnovationsâ section highlights the training solutions covered in this report, which can enhance existing training programs and keep learners engaged. The training solutions covered are currently adding value in other domains such as the military and aerospace industry. (See Figure 13.) The âResourcesâ section offers users tools, templates, and guides that can be used to make training more effective. The resources included are designed to follow best practices for training development and are useful for transit agencies of all sizes and modes. (See Figure 14.) C H A P T E R 4 Transit Industry Course Catalog
30 Transit Technical Training, Volume 1: Guide to Applying Best Practices and Sharing Resources Figure 10. Transit Industry Course Catalog homepage. Figure 11. Transit Industry Course Catalog âContact Usâ page.
Transit Industry Course Catalog 31 Figure 12. Transit Industry Course Catalog. Figure 13. Transit Industry Course Catalog âInnovations in Training.â
32 Transit Technical Training, Volume 1: Guide to Applying Best Practices and Sharing Resources The âAbout the Catalogâ page provides important information related to the catalog and its use. (See Figure 15.) The catalog contains five sections: â¢ About the Catalog â¢ How to Use the Catalog â¢ How Links Work â¢ How to Submit a Course â¢ Support The âHow to Use the Catalogâ section explains all of the navigation options available to the user. These options make finding courses to meet an individualâs specific needs easier. (See Figure 16.) The âHow links to information workâ section explains how to access course material once a user has found a course that fits their training needs. This feature is important because the actual training courses cannot be accessed directly from the catalog, a decision made for a variety of reasons. One is the constantly changing nature of many training courses, which could cause the catalog to contain outdated courses. Another reason is the different requirements for accessing some training courses. For instance, some organizations may require the learner to be a member in order to access training. (See Figure 17.) The âHow to Submit a Courseâ section allows users to submit a new course to be featured in the course catalog. It also provides a list of the information that needs to be provided and clear definitions of each information type. Once this form is submitted, the host will make a final determination on whether or not to add the course to the catalog. (See Figure 18.) Figure 14. Transit Industry Course Catalog âResources.â
Transit Industry Course Catalog 33 Figure 15. Transit Industry Course Catalog âAbout the Catalog.â Figure 16. Transit Industry Course Catalog âHow to Use the Catalog.â
34 Transit Technical Training, Volume 1: Guide to Applying Best Practices and Sharing Resources Figure 17. Transit Industry Course Catalog âHow links to information work.â Figure 18. Transit Industry Course Catalog âHow to Submit a Course.â