WEBINAR: STRIDE EDUCATIONAL PRODUCTS SHOWCASE

Researchers associated with the STRIDE Center housed in the University of Florida Transportation Institute (UFTI) have produced various course modules as a result of work funded by the Center. The topics that will be showcased in this free webinar include bike/pedestrian, sustainable pavements, transportation safety and public transportation. The modules have been designed to incorporate into undergraduate and graduate courses, and some are suitable for transportation professionals as well.  All materials are posted on the STRIDE Center's webpage and free for public use.

REGISTER for FREE Webinar [here]

When: Thursday, June 18, 2015

Time: 11:30 am to 12:30 pm, EST

Via: Adobe Connect

PROGRAM:

(Introduction by Ines Aviles-Spadoni, STRIDE Research Coordinator)

11:30 am to 11:45 am
Dr. Jeff LaMondia, Assistant Professor, Auburn University
Presentation Title: Public Transportation Education Course Module
(for graduate and undergraduate students in civil engineering)
Description: Public transportation is a key component of livable and sustainable transportation systems.  It is important that both undergraduate and graduate-level Civil Engineering students have a better understanding of the planning, design and operation of public transportation systems.  As such, this project developed public transport modules for two unique courses: a week-long series in an upper-level undergraduate course (e.g. Introduction to Transportation) and a complete semester-long graduate course (e.g. Transit Planning and Operations).  The modules are designed to be easily applied by instructors with limited experience in the transit industry, and individual modules can be incorporated into existing courses as needed.  Important topics covered in the modules were identified through a series of surveys to practitioners (transit agency staff, metropolitan planning organization personnel, city government employees, and transportation consultants, representing a range of organization sizes and geographic regions) and current university-level educators (from across the country).  Topics included in the modules include: collecting data to measure transit performance, quantifying changes in capacity and reliability caused by changes in ITS and right-of-way, quantifying route-level transit service characteristics, describing factors influencing transit ridership and predicting demand for service in a region, scheduling vehicles and crews to maximize transit productivity, and selecting transit routes that meet the needs of the ridership.


11:45 am to 12 pm
Dr. Daniel Rodriguez, Professor, UNC Chapel Hill
Presentation Title: Pedestrian and Bicycle Transportation Course Modules
(for undergraduate students in civil engineering, planning and environmental studies)
Description: Training the next generation of planners and engineers to consider pedestrian and bicyclist needs is critical to addressing safety and livability concerns and creating more balanced, integrated, and efficient transportation systems. This brief presentation will cover the contents and evaluation of three 50-minute teaching modules for undergraduate students (civil engineering, planning, environmental studies) on planning and design for pedestrians and bicyclists (available at http://www.pedbikeinfo.org/training/courses_short.cfm). The modules are: 1) Planning for Pedestrians and Bicycles; 2) Pedestrian and Bicycle Facility Design; and 3) Pedestrian and Bicycle Data and Performance. Each of the educational modules contains presentation slides, speaker notes for instructors, references, and recommended additional readings. The third module also contains a mini assignment or capstone case and a grading key for instructors, bringing together the concepts presented in the three previous modules. Instructors can choose between one, two, or all three modules. Modules were tested and evaluated by students at Auburn University enrolled in a junior-level introductory Transportation Engineering course. Since being made available to the public in August 2013, the materials were downloaded more than 120 times by individuals affiliated with educational and non-educational institutions. Although the main use of the modules is educational and training activities, they have also been used for advocacy and practice.


12 pm to 12:15 pm
Dr. Scott Washburn, Professor, University of Florida

Presentation Title: Signalized Intersection Simulation Program for Education
(for undergraduate students)
Description:Most, if not all, commercial traffic simulation software programs have a significant learning curve for their use, particularly in the area of network coding and inputs specification.  In an introductory-level class, there is little to no time available to devote to learning software operation.  The focus needs to be on learning the concepts and theory of the subject matter, rather than network coding details, which usually vary from program to program. Software programs can be valuable learning tools, if the program is designed with the focus on education.  With a well-designed signalized intersection simulation program that is focused on education and considers pedagogical issues, student interaction with the program through active-learning exercises will allow them to easily visualize the relationship between the various inputs (traffic demand, phase sequence, phase times, etc.) and performance measures (delay, queue length, etc.), which should lead to more efficient and effective student learning.The result of this STRIDE project is a signalized intersection microscopic simulation program that can lead to more efficient and effective learning of queuing theory and signalized intersection operations and analysis than traditional commercial simulation programs.


12:15 pm to 12:30 pm

Dr. Richard Willis, Assistant Research Professor, Auburn University
Presentation Title: Sustainable Pavements
(for graduate students and transportation professionals)
Description:  Sustainability is a common interdisciplinary theme being stressed throughout not only academia, but in governmental affairs and community living.  The desire of individuals to not only use resources responsibly but to also have a positive economic and social impact on society through choices has encouraged numerous individuals to become more aware of the direct impact their choices make on the world-at-large. While sustainability has been defined numerous ways, the most commonly used phrasing of this term means, that we don’t compromise the future through our actions today. The concept is centered on the theme of intergenerational equity stating that this generation cannot impart damage to the lives of future generations.  In 1987, Dr. Edward Barbier connected the concept of sustainability to the “triple bottom line.”  The triple bottom line suggested that sustainability required one to consider the economic, environmental, and social benefits of decisions causing individuals and policy makers to develop a more holistic view of society.  In the field of pavements, the goal of sustainability is lofty, and one must consider the entire life cycled of the pavement which includes raw material acquisition, production, construction, use, and end of life. This course will teach the need to emphasize sustainable, energy-efficient designs for construction of roads and streets, particularly in an urban environment. Participants will learn to use standard and innovative test procedures to measure the ability of pavements to reduce the community carbon footprint, contribute to noise reduction, improve driver safety, and conserve natural resources and money through recycling.