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NHTSA Webcast: Drugged Driving Essentials Update
February 20, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. PST/11:00 a.m. MST/12:00 p.m. CST/1:00 p.m. EST
Faculty: Hon. Peggy Hora, CA
Any judge who hears impaired driving cases knows it isn’t just about alcohol anymore. Impairment by drugs is outpacing alcohol impaired driving.
As a traffic judge hearing these types of cases it is imperative to know the background of drugged driving issues, become familiar with the types of drugs being used, and learn how to effectively sentence participants who have drugged driving convictions. Trial judges must also be able to rule correctly on the unique legal issues in these cases. In this webcast, Judge Hora will present a brief overview on drugged driving issues and statistics; will provide an update on the new drugs that are being introduced to the public; will discuss the manner in which these drugs impair driving; and will point out some trial issues you will face.
Learning Objectives — Focusing Educational Presentations
February 25, 2014 12:00 p.m. Pacific / 1:00 p.m. Mountain / 2:00 p.m. Central / 3:00 p.m. Eastern
How can presenters focus their presentations so they don’t overwhelm their learners? Learning objectives are the answer to this dilemma. Most instructors are too optimistic about what they can accomplish in the time that they have available. For an hour of instruction, most instructors will only be able to accomplish one to three learning objectives. Learning objectives should be learner-centered, motivational, clear and measurable. That is, an instructor should be able to measure whether the participant has learned the concepts. After this session, the participants will be able to: (1) define “learning objective”; (2) edit poor learning objectives; and (3) draft a meaningful learning objective.
NHTSA Webcast: The Young Driver
March 20, 2014 at 9:00 a.m. PST/10:00 a.m. MST/11:00 a.m. CST/12:00 p.m. EST
Faculty: Hon. Lou Schiff, FL
Motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of death for drivers ages 14-18 in the United States. Twelve percent of teenaged drivers who were involved in a crash were distracted at the time of the crash, and in 2011, 505 people died in crashes in which a teen driver had alcohol in their system. With the rise in the number of teen driving-related issues appearing in our courts, it is important for judges to be able to recognize teen driving issues, and determine effective ways in which to sentence these young drivers. During this webcast, Judge Schiff will discuss the risks relating to young drivers, and discuss how to develop strategies for imposing innovative and effective sentences for young drivers.
Program Planning — Creating a Blueprint for an Educational Program
March 25, 2014 12:00 p.m. Pacific / 1:00 p.m. Mountain / 2:00 p.m. Central / 3:00 p.m. Eastern
Most educators know what they want to teach, but they have trouble defining how much to cover in the time allotted to them. They generally have little idea how they are going to present the subject matter outside of lecturing to the learners. This 75-minute webcast will showcase how to define the learning objectives and decide how to present the materials utilizing a variety of learning activities. After this session, the participants will be able to: (1) identify the elements of a program plan; (2) describe the importance of each element; and (3) describe the process for drafting a successful program plan.
Learning Activities — Making Learning Interactive
April 29, 2014 12:00 p.m. Pacific / 1:00 p.m. Mountain / 2:00 p.m. Central / 3:00 p.m. Eastern
Why do presenters rely on lectures to the exclusion of other learning activities such as small groups, case studies, debates, learning games, etc? Presenters should design effective learning activities that help the students achieve the learning objectives. Learning objectives define what the students will learn. The learning activities define how the students will achieve those learning objectives. After this session, the participants will be able to: (1) describe why the lecture method is used to exclusion of other methods; (2) choose learning activities that are suitable for the topics they intend to teach (e.g., debates, small and large group discussions, role plays, learning games, etc.); and (3) summarize how to design learning activities that accomplish their learning objectives.
FMCSA Webcast: Commercial Drivers License (CDL) Enforcement
May 22, 2014 at 9:00 a.m. HST/12:00 p.m. PST/1:00 p.m. MST/2:00 p.m. CST/3:00 p.m. EST
Faculty: Hon. Robert McBeth, WA
Most traffic cases present some type of challenge to judges who hear these cases, but different challenges arise when the defendant is a CDL holder. CDL holders are held to different rules and regulations in terms of traffic violations, and it is imperative for traffic judges to understand the nuances of dealing with CMV violations. This webcast will examine the special ramifications for the CDL offender from the view of the national federal regulations.
Ignition Interlocks: Status Update
July 24, 2014
10:00 a.m. PST/11:00 a.m. MST/12:00 p.m. CST/1:00 p.m. EST
Faculty: Erin Holmes, Traffic Injury Research Foundation (TIRF)
Oftentimes in impaired driving cases, a defendant will be required to install an ignition interlock system on their vehicle before they are allowed to drive again. Some states require the offender to install these devices after the first conviction; other states require interlocks to be installed after repeat offenses. There are a wide variety of ignition interlock systems, and they vary in terms of capabilities and analysis offered by each. This webcast will provide a brief overview the basics of ignition interlock technology; will delve into the capabilities and limitations of the ignition interlock; will discuss the current status of ignition interlock laws nationwide; and will provide information on the newest technology updates.
Presentation Skills — Using the Body, Gestures, Voice and Visual Aids
May 27, 2014 12:00 p.m. Pacific / 1:00 p.m. Mountain / 2:00 p.m. Central / 3:00 p.m. Eastern
Many presenters get stuck behind a lectern, separating themselves from their learners. To communicate effectively, presenters need to utilize their bodies to punctuate their points and to gesture effectively. Varying the volume and timber of their voices can also maintain their learners’ attention. Finally, they need to construct appropriate visual aids that will complement their presentations. After this 75-minute webcast, the participants will be able to: (1) describe effective nonverbal behaviors (including use of voice, facial expressions, gestures, and movement) for delivering presentations; (2) list the most effective speaking style and effective nonverbal behaviors that will support learning; and (3) summarize design principles for effective visual aids.
Materials — Providing Effective Materials that Complement Presentations
June 24, 2014 12:00 p.m. Pacific / 1:00 p.m. Mountain / 2:00 p.m. Central / 3:00 p.m. Eastern
Many instructors utilize narrative outlines for materials without really considering how their learners will use the materials. The vast majority of learners never read the narrative outlines despite their best intentions. This session will showcase materials that can be used during the course of instruction (e.g., use of blank lines for filling in missing information, exercises built into the materials, etc.). Likewise, materials can be effective reference tools once the learners return to their own jurisdictions (e.g., court checklists, annotated bibliographies, etc.). After this 75-minute webcast, the participants will be able to: (1) identify characteristics of effective materials for judicial education sessions; (2) locate and create materials that support their learning objectives; and (3) assess the effectiveness of materials.
FMSCA Webcast: Role of the Traffic Court Judge - Practical & Ethical Considerations
September 18, 2014 at 9:00 a.m. HST/12:00 p.m. PST/1:00 p.m. MST/ 2:00 p.m. CST/3:00 p.m. EST
Faculty: Hon. Robert McBeth, WA
Judicial mishandling of a CDL case can have far reaching consequences for both the judge and the state, including revocation of federal highway funds. This webcast explores how traffic judges can improve the quality of justice in their traffic court by facilitating initiatives which promote a better perception of the court by adhering to the highest standards of judicial conduct, and delves into the ever changing role of the traffic judge.