Keeping up with the Jones’: Transitioning from face-to-face to virtual classes

Amber Shipherd, Eastern Illinois University, USA
Melissa Murray, The University of Southern Mississippi, USA
Itay Basevitch, Florida State University, USA

Theme: Teaching sport and exercise psychology

Program ID: WKSP-18

Presentation: October 3, 2013 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

Room: Jasperwood


Online education is growing rapidly, with many colleges and universities moving courses and programs, including sport and exercise psychology, to an online delivery format (Allen & Seaman, 2010; Heaney & Walker, 2012). While some are hesitant to make the switch to online education, a meta-analysis from the US Department of Education reported that students taking online or hybrid (partially online) courses spent more time on task and outperformed students taking face-to-face classes (USDOE, 2009). The objectives of this workshop are to guide educators through the process of moving sport and exercise psychology courses into an online delivery format and demonstrate how to deliver quality programs in an online environment. Specifically, participants will leave the workshop with knowledge of: (1) effective solutions to common challenges faced when teaching online, (2) innovative teaching strategies designed to promote active learning in an online environment, and (3) ideas for implementing and incorporating technology such as: blogs, videos, webpages, audio or video conferencing, screen capture applications and alternative presentation software. The workshop will begin with a presentation of best practices when developing courses online. Next, the challenges and constraints that online learning presents to designers, instructors, and learners will be discussed. A demonstration will follow of how to use a variety of effective technologies that can be incorporated into virtual courses to engage students in the learning process. Throughout the workshop, participants will work in small groups to create or adapt a course activity or assignment to the virtual classroom. The workshop will conclude with a discussion of ideas and strategies for teaching sport and exercise psychology content online. Participants will receive a handout that includes lecture slides and sample assignments and assessments so they can easily apply the information from the presentation.

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