Digital Dissemination Platform of Transportation Engineering Education Materials

National interest abounds in improving engineering education in the United States (US). This interest stems from low performance on concept inventories concerns over the role of the US as a national economic leader, evidence of best practices in curriculum development and pedagogy, and a sense that we can just do things better. These concerns have led to the development of an abundance of materials and methods that are based on effective methods of development and/or been shown to be effective on student learning and other important educational outcomes. While progress has been made in improving courses and curriculum, it is greatly hindered by inefficiencies associated with duplicating development efforts. For example, there are approximately 200 introduction to transportation engineering courses taught annually in the US and little evidence of sharing of materials (other than textbooks) in these courses. More knowledge is needed on how and why faculty and teachers adopt curriculum. Where do they go for resources when developing a new course or revising an old course? How do they make adoption decisions when they find curriculum? In what forms can dissemination venues (such as websites) take to optimize adoption? How can higher education and workforce development curriculum be shared efficiently? This project will begin to answer these important questions through an investigation of how faculty adopt curriculum when developing a new course or revising an existing course and using this knowledge to develop an architecture and sustainable plan for a web-based dissemination venue. In parallel with this work, faculty from University of Alaska, Fairbanks will develop and test courses focused on working professionals. The project will monitor this course development process to add to the knowledge base for repository development.


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  • Status: Completed
  • Funding: $196533.00
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  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Research and Innovative Technology Administration

    University Transportation Centers Program
    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Project Managers:

    Kyte, Michael

    Brown, Shane

    Perkins, Robert

    Hallenbeck, Mark

    Hurwitz, David

  • Performing Organizations:

    University of Idaho, Moscow

    Department of Civil Engineering
    875 Perimeter Drive MS 1022
    Moscow, ID  United States  83844-1022

    University of Alaska Fairbanks

    College of Engineering & Mines
    P.O. Box 755960
    Fairbanks, AK  United States  99775-5960

    University of Washington, Seattle

    Civil and Environmental Engineering Department
    201 More Hall, Box 352700
    Seattle, WA  United States  98195-2700

    Washington State University, Pullman

    Civil & Environmental Engineering Department
    PO Box 642910
    Pullman, WA  United States  99164-2910

    Oregon State University, Corvallis

    Department of Civil Engineering
    202 Apperson Hall
    Corvallis, OR  United States  97331-2302
  • Principal Investigators:

    Brown, Shane

  • Start Date: 20120516
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 20140731
  • Source Data: RiP Project 32240

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01538113
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Pacific Northwest Transportation Consortium
  • Contract Numbers: DTRT12-G-UTC10
  • Files: UTC, RiP
  • Created Date: Sep 25 2014 1:01AM