The National Transportation Curriculum Project: Developing Activity-Based Learning Modules for the Introductory Transportation Engineering Course
The National Transportation Curriculum Project, a group of transportation educators from nine major U.S. universities, promotes a multi-university effort to develop a set of activity-based learning modules for the introductory course in transportation engineering. The activities developed as part of this project would cover traffic operations and sustainable and livable communities.
Transportation engineers are under increasing pressure to consider the broader implications of their work. Concerns for encouraging economic vitality, protecting the environment, and enhancing quality of life have motivated a pervasive call for "sustainable transportation" that fosters "livable communities." However, traditional undergraduate transportation engineering textbooks lack the content and learning activities necessary to prepare students for this new paradigm. This project will develop a new framework for teaching the fundamentals of transportation engineering under the paradigm of sustainable and livable communities. The framework will serve for any topic within a semester-long course. This project will further develop the framework by creating activity-based learning materials for traffic operations that elicits critical thinking about the broader impacts on society. This proposed work is in coordination with the National Transportation Curriculum Project, a group of nine major universities that promotes developing activity-based learning materials in transportation engineering. In addition, the proposed work will support the Federal Highway Administration’s workforce development goals by providing an innovative means to attract new students to the transportation field.