ERIC Number: ED468972
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Feb
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Recreation Hard Skills Courses for Credit: A Collaborative Effort between the Academic Department and the Outings Program.
Calvin, David M.; Stuessy, Thomas L.; Poff, Raymond A.
At Indiana University, the Department of Recreation and Park Administration and Indiana University Outdoor Adventures (IUOA) work together to offer university students for-credit courses in recreation skills. Since 1997, graduate students trained and directed by IUOA have taught 1-credit courses in specific outdoor skills, based on nationally recognized outdoor curricula; in spring and fall 2002, a total of 22 such courses will be offered. Recommendations are presented for developing a similar relationship between an outdoor program and an academic department, including establishing rapport between the program director and an appropriate faculty member, developing outdoor courses that meet university requirements and timelines, building confidence by beginning with courses that reflect the outdoor program's strengths, reserving classrooms and other facilities, deciding on ideal and maximum enrollments, choosing instructors, and preparing syllabi and assessment tools. The training of student leaders is described, along with the benefits of the program for student leaders and participants. The financial and programmatic benefits to IUOA and the department are discussed. A table lists the courses taught through this arrangement since 1997, as well as the location and student costs of the courses offered in 2002. (SV)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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