The State of Online Education in Kinesiology in the United States

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Matthew T. Mahar
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Administrators of kinesiology departments (N = 101) completed a survey that requested information about online education, funding for online courses, and administrator perceptions of the rigor and future of online courses. More master's (n = 18) than undergraduate degree (n = 9) programs were totally online. Forty-nine percent of institutions provide funding to faculty and 37% provide funding to departments for online offerings. Respondents indicated concern about the rigor of online courses. Sixty-one percent indicated that academic rigor is a concern of faculty, 42% did not feel that totally online courses were as rigorous as face-to-face classes, and 65% indicated tests for online courses are not proctored. Despite concerns, 76% indicated they expect to have some or many online courses in the next 5-10 years. Few respondents indicated they expected to have no online courses or almost totally online delivery of courses. Online delivery of instruction is impacting kinesiology, and expansion of online education is likely.

Mahar and Hall are with the Activity Promotion Laboratory, Department of Kinesiology, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC. Delp is with the College of Human Sciences, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL. Morrow is with the Department of Kinesiology, Health Promotion and Recreation, University of North Texas, Denton, TX.

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