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News about the Radar & Applications Course

The FY18 offering of RAC will start in late September, and students should received their course materials sometime around October 1st. Registration for Radar and Applications Course webinars will start the week of Sept. 25th. Check this page occasionally for updates.

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FY18 RAC Webinar Schedule

Enrollment for the FY18 RAC is now closed. The webinar schedule should be available sometime in late September. Please check back again around that time for more information on specific teletraining times and dates.

Online Webinar Registration

When the FY18 RAC webinar registration opens, you will use the the NWS Learning Center to register for specific webinars. Registration for instructor-led training (ILT) sessions for this year's course will start in late September. Please note: Registration is REQUIRED for all teletraining sessions.

Setting Up Webinars

RAC webinar sessions will be delivered using GotoWebinar. Instructions for setting up a teletraining session are provided below.

Sign Up for ILTs in the CLC

Once you are signed up for RAC, all of the instructor-led training (or ILTs) sessions you need to take (except for the course orientation) will appear in the RAC curriculum on your Commerce Learning Center (CLC) transcript. You need to register for one session for each ILT (which includes the RAC workshop). Once you register for a session, the CLC will send you an e-mail with information on how to register with GotoWebinar. IF YOU DON'T RECEIVE THIS E-MAIL WITHIN 24 HOURS OF REGISTERING FOR YOUR SESSION, PLEASE CONTACT US AT .

Setting Up GotoWebinar

To setup GotoWebinar, there is no need to download a presentation ahead of time. You may have to download a plugin, but that download shouldn't take more than a minute or so to install.

When you register for a webinar via the CLC, you will receive an e-mail with a link and information about the GotoWebinar session. You can use the link to start to attend the teletraining or you can reach the meeting via the GotoWebinar web page (i.e., click on the "Join Webinar" button and enter your Webinar ID). If you sign up for a session and do not receive an e-mail within 24 hours, please contact Radar and Applications Course help e-mail list address.

It will take a minute or so for your browser to initiate the connection to the webinar. A pop-up dialog box will appear asking fo your name and e-mail. Fill in your name and e-mail address when asked.

Pre-Session Events

A few things must be accomplished to ensure a smooth teletraining session:

  1. 1.Set up your computer.
  2. 2. Close all programs.
  3. 3. Your speaker phone should be near your PC.
  4. 4. Test your setup and Internet connection.
  5. 5. Check your email on the Thursday the week prior to the session. WDTD will be sending out an email describing the procedures for the telephone conference call!
  6. 7. 15 Minutes prior to the conference, dial into the telephone conference call.
  7. 8. Click on the link in your instructor e-mail or use the "Join Webinar" button on the GotoWebinar home page.