June 26, 2011
June 26, 2011
June 29, 2011
22.75.1 - 22.75.14
A Nationwide Effort to Improve Transportation Engineering EducationOver the last year and a half, a group of transportation engineering educators has worked todevelop a set of core concepts and learning outcomes for a typical introductory transportationengineering course. To date, the group has developed knowledge tables for the core conceptsassociated with traffic operations, transportation planning, geometric design, transportationfinance, transportation economics, traffic safety, transit, non-motorized transport, and humanfactors. Further, the group has identified five ways of being (that is, sets of behaviors, actions,and language) that, together with the core concepts, form the foundation for 13 course-levellearning outcomes.The 20 members of the working group, which has become a subcommittee of the Institute ofTransportation Engineers Education Council, represent 13 different colleges and universitiesthroughout the United States. The development process has consisted of regular conference callspunctuated by a series of face-to-face meetings. A critical element of success is broadeningstakeholder involvement. To this end, the group presented its work to date at the AnnualMeeting of the Transportation Research Board in January, 2010 and at the 2010 ASEE AnnualConference. In August, 2010 the group held a workshop and conversation circle at the ITEMeeting with the specific goal of involving practicing engineers in the process.This paper briefly describes the history of this effort. It presents examples of the work to dateand discusses the outcomes of the practitioner involvement. The work and feedback have beenincorporated into a pilot course being taught in Fall 2010; the paper describes the adaptation andassessment, including lessons learned for a second pilot implementation in 2011. Finally, thenext steps in this effort, including further development and assessment, are explored.
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