At The Movies: Using Multimedia to Promote Learning in the Classroom

Ashwin Patel, Western State College of Colorado, USA

Theme: Teaching sport and exercise psychology

Program ID: SYM-16

Presentation: October 4, 2013 8:15 am - 9:30 am

Room: Oak Alley


Being an effective teacher involves incorporating a variety of methodologies into your classroom. This can include having a student-centered focus and creating an environment which is conducive to learning. One way to accomplish this is through the use of video in the classroom. Fain (2004) found that using popular media clips can enhance students’ comprehension of important course concepts. Furthermore, Czech et al., (2006) found that coaching education can be greatly enhanced through the use of digital media. Goldenberg, Lee, and O’Bannon (2010) found that the use of movies and reflective assignments based upon those movies can serve as a valuable tool for teaching concepts in Recreation, Parks, and Tourism courses. More specific to Sport and Exercise Psychology instructors, Whalen, Post, and Gonzalez (2008) and Simpson and Post (2012) have both discussed the manner in which teachers can use popular media and technology to benefit classroom education and comprehension. In this symposium the presenters will share some video clips and the corresponding activities/assignments that have helped students better comprehend concepts in Sport and Exercise Psychology. Specifically, select video clips from the ESPN 30 for 30 series will be shown and discussed in terms of how they related to concepts such as: hardiness (Into the Wind), overcoming obstacles (The Two Escobars), and dealing with injury (The Best that never was).

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