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* _Read before you post_. Before you post a question (or an answer), check to see if anyone else has already posted the same one and already received a reply (or answer). * _No cat pics_. Don't ...

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  1. Read before you post. Before you post a question (or an answer), check to see if anyone else has already posted the same one and already received a reply (or answer).
  2. No cat pics. Don't post irrelevant links, comments, thoughts, or photos to discussion forums that are meant for a particular purpose. 
  3. Don't yell. That means don't TYPE IN ALL CAPS. Unless, of course, you really need to EMPHASIZE a safety point or something.
  4. Easy tiger. Be careful about writing anything that sounds angry or sarcastic, even as a joke. Without hearing your tone of voice, others might not realize you're joking.
  5. Mind your manners. Always remember to say please and thank you when asking for help from the instructor, facilitator or classmates. Mom was right, manners go a long way.
  6. R-E-S-P-E-C-T. Respect other opinions. If you disagree, do so respectfully and acknowledge the valid points being made in the opposing argument. Others are entitled to have their own perspective on an issue and that needs to be acknowledged.
  7. Just the facts, please. If you reply to a question from a classmate, make sure your answer is accurate. For example, if you're not 100% sure when a project is due, you don't want to guess. You'll end up with egg on your face.
  8. Summarize. If you ask a question and get tons of helpful responses, summarize all the answers and post the summary to benefit the entire class.
  9. Keep it brief. If you're tempted to write a missive in response to a simple question, just know that nobody is going to read it.
  10. If you don't have something nice to say... Don't be mean. Don't degrade or insult others, even in a subtle way. You may disagree with someone's ideas, but don't mock the person.
  11. Be clear. If you are referring to a prior conversation or post, quote just a few key lines from that discussion so that others won't have to go back and figure out which post you are talking about.
  12. Be forgiving. If your classmate makes a mistake, don't badger him or her for it. Just let it go -- it happens to the best of us.
  13. Check your spelling. Consider running a Spellcheck before posting anything to the discussion forums. It only takes a minute, and can make the difference between sounding smart or looking, well, silly.

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Successful persuasion requires more than just the data, you need to be an effective and memorable communicator. The online course portion of this program examines the importance and challenges of communicating the value of TSMO.  It presents tools and strategies for building a case and telling a compelling story tailored to various audiences.  

The interactive seminar presents research in neuroscience which enhances audience connection and relevance then provides the opportunity to apply the knowledge to convert technical material into information that is clearly understandable to non-technical audiences.

This course examines the importance of communicating the value of TSMO and the challenges associated with doing that.  It presents strategies for how to build a case and tell a compelling story tailored to various audiences.  And it describes available tools and provides examples of how they have been used to successfully convey TSMO benefits and success stories.

This introductory course targets transportation planners, managers, and engineers at state and local agency levels, who are interested in learning more about the Connected Vehicle Program and its benefits and implications for public agencies. Participants will learn about the safety, mobility and environmental applications envisioned for the connected vehicle environment. They will gain an overview of the infrastructure requirements being developed, including communication standards, and operations and maintenance implications, and upcoming policy decisions. Lastly, they will be made aware of recent activities being supported by the ITS Joint Program Office and how they too can become involved by considering how vehicle to infrastructure communications and applications could be used to solve their problems.

This course is designed to introduce the benefits of creating an open and accessible data archive of your agency’s data. It explains some of the challenges associated with making your agency’s data more open and available to others, and ways in which you can mitigate those challenges. The course includes some real-world examples of how data can be leveraged for better decision making and analysis, as well as a discussion of the pros and cons of building your very own archive, leveraging technologies that others have developed, or paying a consultant to help you with your archiving needs.

This course emphasizes the importance of database design, use, and management to ITS. The module begins with a general description of databases and database management systems, including the relationships that exist among a database, a DBMS, and an application. Relational database tables, Entity-Relationship Models, and the role of metadata are discussed in detail. Finally, the module describes SQL, and explores the role of databases in data warehousing and Geographic Information Systems.

Many ITS professionals get involved in the design and/or operation of transportation management systems. It is important, however, to step back and consider the essential functions that these systems perform. This course will prepare students to define functional requirements for the procurement or design of a transportation management system.