HIGH POINT, N.C., June 27, 2013 – An article by Dr. Kimberly Reich, assistant professor of exercise science at High Point University, that discusses how professional conferences can enhance learning for undergraduate students, was recently published in the Sports Medicine Bulletin. The article is the first of a series of commentaries from various professionals in the bulletin on innovative teaching.
Reich was invited to write the article after a special symposium she presented with two colleagues at the 2013 annual meeting of the southeast chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) in February. In the presentation, titled “Beyond the Lecture: Active Learning in Exercise Science,” she outlined ways in which attendance at professional conferences can be incorporated into traditional classroom-based courses to enhance learning for undergraduate students.
In the commentary Reich references one of her courses as an example of how experiential learning works. In the course offered as part of HPU’s Global Experiences program, Reich’s students spend the first three weeks during the month of May in accelerated classroom and laboratory work on the HPU campus. They then travel to the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) Annual Meeting, which is the most comprehensive exercise science conference in the world.
“During the conference, the students attend sessions presented by international leaders in our field,” says Reich. “Following the conference, they respond to their experience by completing reflective writing assignments that allow them to integrate the knowledge they gained from their classroom and lab experiences with the new cutting edge research they were exposed to at the conference.”
The Sports Medicine Bulletin is a weekly publication from ACSM and circulates to 45,000 professionals. You can read the article by clicking here: Reich Article.