Institute course development
Development of the Institute was led by the Iowa Local Technical Assistance Program (LTAP) at Iowa State University's Institute for Transportation. Detailed technical input was provided by a core group of expert practitioners/trainers and an advisory committee consisting of city, county, and Iowa Department of Transportation public representatives. The project was funded by the Iowa Highway Research Board, TR-606.
An existing American Public Works Association (APWA) outline provided the initial framework for the Institute. The authors supplemented the basic APWA content with information about current best practices, research, and new technologies. In addition, three specific courses were added.
After the content was developed, each course was conducted as a trial workshop for a live audience, then revised and improved based on speaker and participant feedback. Finally, the courses were videotaped and edited for online presentation.
Note: The courses are delivered via, and basic information about the Institute is provided by, the Iowa State University Extension.
Course delivery and oversight
Each course consists of several modules, most of which are less than 45 minutes long. All together, the modules for one course are generally equivalent to a 6–8 hour, face-to-face workshop.
In addition to a videotaped presentation, each module includes required review questionnaires and printable presentation slide handouts.
Participants have 90 days to complete each course. During that time they can stop and start at their convenience, study the modules in any order, and review modules as often as they want.
Participants can take one course or some or all of them, in any order.
The Institute coordinator tracks participants' progress online and issues course completion certificates.
Participant whose agencies are members and who complete all 15 courses will receive an official APWA leadership certificate.
The cost is $75 per course per participant to cover ongoing administrative expenses.