Department of Kinesiology Recreation and Sport Studies News

Big Idea: Wilson to Use ‘Flipped Classroom’ in Sports Classes

Hal Wilson

Hal Wilson, a graduate teaching associate in recreation and sport management, had a big idea that will make his classes more interactive. He’s won a GTA@OIT grant to implement his “flipped classroom” approach this spring. Wilson, who teaches a class that deals with cultural ideologies and social issues, will supplement assigned readings with online videos and presentations and incorporate some online assignments.

UT Expert: New Year Fitness Resolution Broken? It’s Not Too Late to Start Over

By now, many New Year’s fitness resolutions have likely been broken. But take heart, it’s not too late to start over. Brian Rider, a graduate assistant at the UT Center for Physical Activity and Health, says that people who try to do too much too soon typically get injured or discouraged. “Whatever your fitness goal, start slow,” he says.

Elite South Korean Athletes Train at UT to Become Global Sports Ambassadors


Nineteen elite South Korean athletes—from Olympic gold medalists to world champions—will spend the next few months at UT learning skills to become coaches and international sports ambassadors. The retired athletes also will improve their English language, learn sports marketing, pick up coaching techniques, and work in their area of athletic expertise as part of the Next Generation Sports Talent program.

Study: Natural Playgrounds More Beneficial to Children, Inspire More Play

The playground at the Early Learning Center, after renovations.

Children who play on playgrounds that incorporate natural elements like logs and flowers tend to be more active than those who play on traditional playgrounds with metal and brightly colored equipment, according to a recent UT study. They also appear to use their imagination more, according to the report.