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Please use the print version of this publication as the authoritative version for attribution. PARTICIPATION IN CONTINUING EDUCATION—THE ENGINEER'S PERSPECTIVE 36 FINDINGS 1. A meaningful body of knowledge has begun to accumulate regarding continuing education from the perspective of the engineer, but most of it is derived from studies conducted prior to 1980 with support from the National Science Foundation. Whether these results are applicable to current conditions in engineering cannot be ascertained.

The Comet program was used as the "starter,'' but several other courses followed, based on identified needs, and a hierarchical approach was developed. Other universities across the country have also developed relationships with industries and provide general, as well as specific, programs to meet their needs. Technology, especially in the form of video, has been a major contributor in bringing education from the university to About this PDF file: This new digital representation of the original work has been recomposed from XML files created from the original paper book, not from the original typesetting files.

Compared to the latter, live video with "talk-back" was judged considerably more effective. It appears, then, that the interactive capability provided by ''talk-back" is critical in making this mode of instruction effective. , 1977). While the traditional face-to-face courses may be rated as more effective than televised or videotaped programs, the latter, if used in an interactive mode, could be as effective. Other techniques are continually being introduced so that a choice of a delivery system can be made based on course objective, content, and audience.

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