The Delivery of Physical Education in a Hybrid Format

Presented by Rhonda Scherer

PHED 2101 Health & Fitness for Life hybrid course focuses on health-related behaviors, ways that personal health decisions and behaviors affect body systems and health, and strategies for reducing health risks and enhancing wellness throughout the life span. This one credit course examines nutrition, diet and weight control, and fitness concepts of cardiovascular-respiratory endurance, muscular endurance and flexibility, with an emphasis in an area of interest such as Yoga, Pilates, Dance and Aerobics. The uniqueness of this course is that it incorporates a number of recreational activities presently being taught within the Student Life Center. With over 38 different physical activities to choose from, students that register for PHED 2101 can fulfill their physical activity requirements by choosing from morning, daytime, or evening activities making the course conducive to their busy lifestyles. On line lecture topics covering the various concepts of health and wellness can also be completed according to the students schedule. A pre-fitness assessment measure a student’s level of fitness (or health risks) while a post fitness assessment measures their personal progression over the course of the semester in various health related areas. By incorporating the Self-Determination Theory in the creation of this class, students feel autonomous in selecting the physical activity of their choice, competent in completing assignments and material related to their own well-being. Continue reading

Teaching with Technology in an Honors College Algebra Course

Presented by Tim Redl

During the Fall 2015 semester, I had the privilege of teaching College Algebra to 17 students in the Honors Program at UH-Downtown. This was the first-ever offering of an Honors-designated section of College Algebra at UHD. As such, it focused more than a traditional College Algebra course on using algebra and functions to model and solve real-world problems within the context of natural science, advanced mathematics, social science, business, statistics and engineering. We used technology such as graphing calculators, Wolfram Alpha, and Excel to model, analyze, and predict solutions, and engaged in meaningful conversations and made decisions about appropriateness of different modeling strategies and solutions to these problems. In lieu of a final exam, students completed end-of-semester group projects to gain exposure to and acquire knowledge of mathematical topics that were beyond the scope of the traditional College Algebra course – topics usually encountered in pre-calculus or calculus. In this presentation, I will describe and demonstrate some of the technologies, class activities, and projects from the course. Continue reading

GroupMe: A Better Communication Tool

Presented by Robert Wawee

GroupMe is a free group messaging app available on the internet and on Android, iOS and Windows smartphone platforms. It is a convenient way for teachers to chat with everyone in a group and answer questions quickly.

GroupMe saves time sifting through system email or Blackboard messages and responding to students individually. GroupMe can also be used as a convenient instructional tool for online classes.

Students can use GroupMe to collaborate small group projects and mentor each other in their studies as well as have immediate access to their teachers.