Team Teaching Urban Planning and Transportation Systems: Project-based Pedagogy

By Randy Gabrys Alexson and Richard D. Stewart.

Published by Spaces and Flows: An International Journal of Urban and ExtraUrban Studies

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Urban planning is intrinsically linked to transportation planning but they are frequently taught as discreet courses and usually by faculty with expertise in only one of the disciplines. This paper discusses the methodology used in a decade of team teaching an upper level undergraduate course in Urban Planning and Transportation Systems. Each of the faculty members brings their respective knowledge base in urban planning and transportation systems to bear in developing project based learning pedagogy. Two projects will be examined in depth where a regional planning agency provided a topical issue in transportation that was developed into a student project. Successful completion of the project by the student team required a literature review, field research, planning methods, a written report and public presentation. Teaching methodology, student assessment and outcome evaluation of the two projects will be detailed.

Keywords: Urban Planning, Transportation Systems, Team Teaching, Student Service Learning, Project Based Pedagogy

Spaces and Flows: An International Journal of Urban and ExtraUrban Studies, Volume 2, Issue 1, pp.27-38. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 759.448KB).

Dr. Randy Gabrys Alexson

Professor, Geography, Department of Natural Science, University of Wisconsin-Superior, Superior, WI, USA

Professor of Geography/Earth Science for 26+years, teaching a variety of human and physical courses including upper-level Economic Geography and Urban Planning and Transportation Systems designed primarily for students in the Transportation and Logistics Management major. Also manage geography minor for liberal education and teacher licensure.

Dr. Richard D. Stewart

Professor, Transportation and Logistics Management, Department of Business and Economics, University of Wisconsin-Superior, Superior, WI, USA

Professor of Transportation and Logistics Management in the Department of Business and Economics, Director of the Transportation and Logistics Research Center and Co-Director of the Great Lakes Maritime Research Institute.