Online Transportation Education Module for College Campuses

Supporting Sustainable and Safe Student Transportation

At a Glance

Researchers at Colorado State University have developed a Universal Online Transportation Education and Safety Module aimed to reduce traffic congestion, improve air quality, and increase transportation safety by educating incoming college students about sustainable transportation options in their new community, as well as how to safely and lawfully use all transportation modes.

The module was developed using the Canvas on line learning platform, and features six core units, each with its own animated video to introduce the concept, followed by supplemental resources to expand on the idea (including infographics, gifs, resource links, etc.) These videos have been developed to apply universally to college campuses (as opposed to only CSU). Each will act as the introduction to a unit in Canvas. They can be supplemented with detailed information to call out specific areas of concern/information in a specific campus.

Development and implementation of the module has shown to foster positive CSU/Fort Collins community relations by educating students about the importance of safe and lawful transportation practices. The module has also filled a gap in transportation education nationally as CSU and Fort Collins is the first university and community to implement a learning module of this nature.


​Incoming Freshman to Colorado State University are often moving out of their parents’ homes and establishing themselves as adults for the first time. This is a period in their lives when they are experiencing significant transition and developing into the adults they are going to become. This provides the university the opportunity to impact these adult learners and to help them become members of the community that we envision for Fort Collins. The creation and implementation of an online module that focuses on sustainable and safe transportation for these new community members improves not only the campus community and culture, but also that of the City of Fort Collins.

Upon completion of the module students will understand the active transportation options available in Northern Colorado and how to live, work and play without the regular use of a single-occupancy vehicle. In addition, using data-driven, focused, safety education the module aims to reduce crashes involving the most vulnerable road users (cyclists and pedestrians) among students who are statistically the most likely to be involved such crashes. The module also will foster positive CSU/community relations by educating students about the importance of using safe and lawful transportation behaviors.

The transportation module will follow best practices for adult learners in higher education and inform students regarding transportation options and benefits while focusing on behavior change.

By creating online modules for the education of these new Fort Collins residents and analyzing not only the learning analytics, but also surveying participants, conducting focus groups, and collecting transportation data we can establish a holistic view of the contributions Colorado State University and its students are making in the progress towards the cities current greenhouse gas reduction goals.

The project team has conducted several focus groups with CSU students to get their feedback on the style, format and length of educational videos, as well as the module platform. These findings, along with additional focus groups during the curriculum development phase of the project helped to inform the look and feel of the module, to make it engaging and effective for our audience.

The module is intended to last no longer than 60 minutes and made available to students early in their first year. This strategy has proven successful for other online education modules provided to students prior to their arrival on campus, covering topics such as sexual assault, mental health services and financial wellness.

By reaching a new group each year, the project will have a cumulative effect, strengthening CSU’s culture of sustainable transportation.


​The module features six animated videos to illustrate universal concepts in transportation, including:

  1. Transportation Choice Matters
  2. Be Seen Be Heard
  3. Be Predictable
  4. Protect Yourself and Your Vehicles
  5. Drive Your Bike
  6. Share the Road

These videos have been developed to apply universally to college campuses (as opposed to only CSU). Each will act as the introduction to a unit in Canvas. They can be supplemented with detailed information to call out specific areas of concern/information in a specific campus.

The Canvas platform will incorporate consistent formatting so that a university can plug their own specific information into the format following each universal video. For example, they may include resource links to their local bus system, or a map of the bike infrastructure available on their campus.


  • Applicable to any college campus
  • Works with the canvas platform
  • Can include links to resources for local bus systems, bike information, and campus maps
  • Supports sustainable and safe transportation


  • Platform and universal videos can be used to train incoming students about transportation options and safety on various University campus’
Last Updated: November 2019
Students biking across campus

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