O1 – Analysis of the sustainable urban mobility in the context of an effective teaching
The main objective of this output is to verify what are the challenges related to sustainable urban mobility teaching with regard to fast changing requirements of real-world-users and modern city development. Its innovation potential is marked by the comprehensive approach to understanding the urban transport system and factors that determine its role as the backbone of the social and economic system of cities. It is crucial to provide students with a competency pack required for their future activities as transport planners and infrastructure managers on behalf of the public sector at different levels. It must also be noted that the private transport sector needs to cope with changing regulatory environment and customer demand patterns, where social responsibility and environmental aspects are of increasing importance. This is why not only the public sector seeks for skills in sustainable urban mobility planning, but also a commercial part of the market considers them as a valuable asset determining its future competitive position.
A review will be structured around the implementation requirements of the Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan (SUMP). SUMP becomes a commonly recognised standard for city transport planning and a benchmark of its coherence with requirements of sustainable development. Thus, it also defines a level of expected competence for professionals responsible for its implementation. An approach based on the requirements of the Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan has a significant impact on the coherence and quality of the review of teaching materials. It ensures that all issues would be covered and adequately represented in the teaching materials for development within the project. There is also a direct impact on teaching quality related to anchoring the process in the most practical reference material, which influences urban transport planning practice in EU countries.
O3 – Recommendations for development of sustainable urban mobility teaching materials
The O3 follows the findings of Output 1, where the evaluation of the teaching materials with regard to SUMP is planned. Its main objective is to decide what kind of study materials are required and should be implemented by project partners. Output’s implementation is based on thorough evaluation of the plans of studies and their potential to address the problem of teaching in the selected field. There is a significant potential for innovation, considered both from the project level and from each university perspective. Despite different urban mobility planning practices and different courses of study, most of the problems faced by professionals remain very similar. Thus, innovations in the selection of teaching materials can be triggered by comparing different views and approaches.
The expected impact of this output is twofold, and results will be summarized in the scoping report. First, evaluation of existing practice of mobility teaching course with regards to the SUMP’s planning requirements and identification of shortcomings in teaching materials to be addressed. The second is the effort of the joint partners to understand the requirements of the target group as potential decision makers and stakeholders of transport processes. This increased the capacity of each university to better respond to both global and local challenges related to teaching sustainable urban transport.
O4 – Development and implementation of teaching materials
The output aims to provide a comprehensive framework for a project-based teaching approach with respect to sustainable urban mobility problems. Therefore, the work is divided into two phases: 1) development of teaching materials based on the conclusions and recommendations from preceding outputs and 2) test implementation based on the open-access materials available for studnets and teachers at projects website.
The first phase is designed to develop a comprehensive set of materials supporting students, which is envisaged as a primary innovative component of the project. The preceding outputs provided detailed background research on which teaching materials are available with respect to the SUMP and which should be used to best reflect the practical requirements of sustainable mobility teaching. All materials will be available on the project website (www. sampler-erasmus.eu) where the database is structured around SUMP planning phases and the concept of mobility manager skills.
The second phase of this output is devoted to testing the developed method in practice and providing recommendations for its further application as part of the regular teaching process. Students and teachers will use the materials on a daily basis for lectures, laboratories, projects, and thesis. User perceptions on the feasibility of the new materials will be evaluated before and after using the materials with a common survey for both students and involved teachers. The evaluation results will be the basis for the final recommendations on materials application and the future needs in this field.