FLEXIBLE | SELF-DIRECTED | FULLY ONLINE
Foundations of Mobility provides the knowledge, skills, and problem-solving techniques required to address today's complex transportation challenges. Learn from expert faculty from six different colleges across the University of Michigan. Understand mobility as an ecosystem. Leave with a distinguished credential from the leaders in mobility research and education. 100% online.
By the end of this online two-course program, you will be able to:
This program is designed for anyone needing to understand and solve today's complex mobility challenges, including:
In addition to self-paced learning, you will have the opportunity to interact live with U-M faculty and fellow learners through remote Zoom office hours. These optional sessions enable you to:
“Transportation systems that move people, goods, and services in societies worldwide pose unprecedented environmental, economic, and social challenges, particularly with the growing urgency to avoid crashes, relieve the congestion of urban centers, to cut back on carbon emissions and pollution, to conserve resources, and to maximize accessibility to growing populations.”
– University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI)
We face both profound global challenges and a tremendous opportunity to transform mobility in societies worldwide. Foundations of Mobility explores the latest thinking and research on connected transportation systems, autonomous vehicle design, and other transportation technologies in the context of their economic, social, and policy implications.
Projected hiring need for transportation employers by 2030 – 1.2 times the current workforce.
(Empowering the New Mobility Workforce, 2019)
in the autonomous vehicle
market by 2026.
(Allied Market Research)
Expected growth in annual passenger traffic by 2030.
(Sustainable Mobility for All)
Projected number of electric vehicles on U.S. roads by 2030 – up from 1 million in 2018.
(Edison Electric Institute)
No. The Zoom office hours offer a great opportunity to ask questions and connect with coursemates, but are not required.
For purposes of this course, mobility is being defined as the movement of people, goods, and services.
Each course costs $995.
Course 1 (Mobility Behavior and Technology) begins September 1, 2020 and Course 2 (Mobility Systems Design, Finance, and Regulation) begins January 11, 2021. Each course is 15 weeks.
Yes, each course is approximately 125 self-paced hours over 15 weeks.
You have 1-week after the last date of class to finish course materials.
Registration closes one week after the start date; unpaid registrations will be cancelled once the course begins.
Participants can sign up for the courses independently of each other.
You may sign up for one course or both at the same time. There is no specific order to the courses.
Nothing specific, but it is expected that the student keep pace, give or take a week, with the materials as they are scheduled.
No, as September 1, 2020 is the initial offering of the course. However, we are happy to connect you with the lead faculty member if interested. Contact Nexus-Answers@umich.edu for more information.
The two courses are intended to provide a broad overview of the many disciplines that are associated with mobility. So while you may have familiarity in one area, you might not be familiar with the wider range of topics and considerations. This program will help you "connect the dots", offering the systems-level knowledge needed to implement successful mobility projects.
No, you do not need an engineering background. The course was designed assuming only knowledge of high school mathematics. It is intentionally aimed at a broad audience with various backgrounds.
No, but a working knowledge of high school math (Algebra) is assumed.
Upon successfully completing both courses, you will earn a non-credit Certificate of Achievement from the University of Michigan. This credential carries value in the employment marketplace and formally recognizes your commitment to acquiring knowledge and skills in the field of mobility. If you choose to take a single course individually, you will earn a digital badge upon successful completion.
Yes, each course module includes a knowledge assessment. To successfully complete the course, learners must complete each assessment with an overall score of 80% or above.
The University of Michigan exists alone at the forefront of mobility, offering the largest cadre of educational and research initiatives relevant to the field of study. Located in the global epicenter of automotive research and development, U-M is unmatched in its institutional commitment to understanding and addressing modern transportation challenges.