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Core Concepts and Learning Outcomes in an Introductory Transportation Engineering Course: An Evaluation of Pilot ImplementationsOver the last two and a half years, about 20 transportation engineering educators have beenworking collaboratively on an initiative to develop and implement a set of core concepts andlearning outcomes for a typical introductory transportation engineering course. This group hasdeveloped knowledge tables for the core concepts associated with traffic operations,transportation planning, geometric design, transportation finance, transportation economics,traffic safety, transit, non-motorized transport, and human factors. Further, the group hasidentified five ways of being that, together with the core concepts, form the foundation for 13course-level learning outcomes.The initiative includes faculty members from 13 different colleges and universities across theUnited States. The development process has consisted of regular conference calls (typically on amonthly basis during the academic year), augmented by face-to-face meetings a couple of timesa year. Efforts were made to broaden involvement by key stakeholders. For this, the groupdisseminated its efforts and their outcomes at the Annual Meetings of the TransportationResearch Board in 2010 and 2011, and at the 2010 and 2011 ASEE Annual Conferences.Further, in August, 2010 the group held a workshop and conversation circle at the ITE Meetingwith the specific goal of involving practicing engineers in the process. These activities led to theInstitute of Transportation Engineers Education Council establishing a committee to formallyrecognize the value of this initiative.This paper builds on the previously efforts to assess pilot implementations in the introductorytransportation engineering course at three different institutions. The institutions have classenrollments ranging from 15 to 75. Preliminary results from one of the institutions werepresented at the 2011 ASEE Annual Conference; this paper adds the results from two additionalinstitutions, assesses the efficacy of the approach comparatively as well as individually, andidentifies areas of strength and weakness. Finally, the paper discusses how the results of the pilotimplementations are informing the efforts of the group in enhancing the approach, and for futureimplementation efforts.
Young, R. K., & Sanford Bernhardt, K. L., & Nambisan, S. S. (2012, June), Core Concepts and Learning Outcomes in an Introductory Transportation Engineering Course: An Evaluation of Pilot Implementations Paper presented at 2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, San Antonio, Texas. https://peer.asee.org/21107
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