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Feature   October 1, 2000   by CARS Magazine

CARS Uses IDL to Enhance CAMPE College Partnership

Industry continues to face increasing pressure to provide up-to-date-technical information to colleges at the same time as the cost of doing so creeps upward. Similarly, colleges face the increasing c...


Industry continues to face increasing pressure to provide up-to-date-technical information to colleges at the same time as the cost of doing so creeps upward. Similarly, colleges face the increasing cost of travel and accommodation to get instructors to industry-supported update sessions. Traditional face-to-face technical updating was in danger of being cut out of many college budgets. In an effort to preserve this form of updating, CARS subsidized regional sessions for instructors but continued to investigate better ways of delivering this valuable service

One of the answers to solving this looming crisis was for CARS to use its Interactive Distance Learning (IDL) technology to deliver this much wanted service. IDL makes use of a broadcast studio in Richmond Hill that sends a signal via satellite to receive sites across Canada. Because IDL was already enjoying widespread use and acceptance by industry, it appeared that it might also be the way to go to get information to the colleges and their faculty.

The Canadian Association of Motive Power Educators (CAMPE) charged its Education Committee, Co-chaired by Fanshawe College’s Rod Cameron and Kelsey Institute’s Ron Leontowicz, with the responsibility of compiling the instructors’ wish list for technical information. In addition, they surveyed college faculty after a demonstration delivery of IDL programming which confirmed the effectiveness of IDL delivery. To date, the IDL programming provided has been accompanied with donated training aides for use by instructors in the classroom.

CARS Network established an Industry/College Steering Committee to provide this project with guidance and support. Its representatives include Original Equipment Manufacturers as well as the aftermarket and college delegates.

CARS Network’s mandate includes assisting the college system with industry donations of up-to-date samples of technology as well as providing the technical information required to make effective use of this industry support in the classroom. The primary recipients of this effort are members of CAMPE – colleges that collectively deliver the majority of automotive apprenticeship and update training in Canada. CARS Network is a founding member of the CAMPE alliance and has been instrumental in the delivery of millions of dollars of industry support to demonstrate its commitment to the college system. For further information contact George Ramik, CARS Project Manager, (613) 724-8227 Fax (613) 224-2571 E-mail gramik@fox.nstn.ca


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