Transportation Equity Curriculum Phase 2: Applied Learning Workbook

Many instructors struggle to effectively integrate applied learning strategies into their courses, particularly for multi-faceted and evolving fields of practice, such as transportation equity. The Equitable Transportation Planning Curriculum for Urban Planning and Transportation Programs (Transportation Equity Curriculum), currently underway with Center for Transportation Equity, Decisions and Dollars (CTEDD) funding, will provide emerging professionals with foundational knowledge and include some service-learning components. However, the research team and Advisory Committee for this project identified a corresponding need for applied analysis and experiential learning exercises to advance student competencies. Additional research is needed to develop analytical and experiential exercises and materials that help ensure students have the necessary experience to be effective advocates for equity in their careers. This educational proposal seeks to fill that gap by producing a workbook of assignments building on the latest practices in equity analysis and applied and experiential learning strategies to expand on specific learning objectives in the Transportation Equity Curriculum. The assignments are expected to include packaged data sets and applications to equip students to evaluate the equity of transportation decisions. We will explore data sets and tools and how they can be applied or replicated to advance student competencies in relation to learning objectives of the equity curriculum. Case examples of analysis methods will be developed for different equity related issues. Examples may include topics such as the spatial equity of electric vehicle (EV) charging stations and/or bike share locations (see for example, https://apps.urban.org/features/equity-data-tool/). Emphasis will also be placed on demonstrating applied methods for curriculum topics such as public involvement, safety and accessibility analysis, and screening projects for equity impacts.