Get More Out of Your Online PE Programs
In a recent blog post, we shared the results our Move module brings to companies looking to increase employee engagement and get their populations moving. In fact, during the first half of 2016, companies using Move to run group activity challenges saw 77% of their employees motivated to move more and increase their daily physical activity among many other successes.
Over the past few years, we’ve been helping schools like Florida Virtual School (FLVS) and Auburn University make strides in physical education innovation using the very same Move module. Keep reading to get a quick look into why we’re doing it and what we’ve learned.
In many states, there is a physical education requirement for secondary and university graduation. And with the rise of digital programs and curriculums that make degrees a reality for students, getting those PE credits can be more obtainable than putting on a t-shirt and shorts and heading to gym class once a week.
Similar to how it works with companies that use the program for their employees, utilizing Move allows administrators and teachers to oversee students’ activity online by monitoring incoming data that comes in through Movband (which at $30, is a low-cost way to get activity trackers on the wrists of students). Through the partnership of the platform and the device, administrators can schedule communications, run reports, set goals and implement challenges.
What have we learned?
When we first connected with FLVS, their leadership team wanted to proactively add some kind of verification into their online PE courses, and we worked with them to integrate Movband to track steps, movement and more.
We learned that using Movband (which was integrated into their existing API) as a tool to show students how much they were moving helped to both engage students in the course and provide lifelong learning into physical fitness and staying active.
Auburn University wanted to promote college student’s physical activity and serve approximately 1,600 students that enroll in their “Active Auburn” program each academic year. Move and Movband were great solutions for them to do just that.
Utilizing Move and Movband in their programs enabled Auburn to eliminate the restrictions tied to on-campus recreation center fees for group classes, empowered students participating in the program who don’t enjoy group exercise settings and provided an easier to “grade” participation report (with Move providing steps, moves and time active information).
“I believe the setup of this course helped students develop a mindset of being physically active,” an “Active Auburn” Instructor said. “While group classes are great, they aren’t always available to the students. Having a goal of activity to achieve every day required them [students] to be creative in how they were active. This skill is something that they can take with them beyond the last day of the semester, which is essentially what we are trying to do with the [PE] courses at this level: teaching and training individuals to be healthy and active so they can live long, healthy and happy lives.”
Looking for more information how Move can work with programs you have at your school? Plan on stopping by Booth #239 to visit us at the iNACOL Blended and Online Learning Symposium in San Antonio later this month to speak with a member of our staff who will be happy to answer your questions.
If you can’t make it to the iNACOL Symposium this year, watch our Move module overview video and follow the button below to get connected with one of our Business Development Managers who can answer any questions that you may have.