This qualitative case study examined student perceptions of video communication with their instructor in an online research and writing course for sport and recreation graduate students. All students participated in two personalized Skype video calls with the instructor and received two video and text feedback critiques of their written projects. Eight students were interviewed following the course. Despite minor technological and scheduling concerns, students found that their Skype calls helped form a relationship with their instructor and improved their confidence in the course. Students found that video feedback recordings on their written projects were elaborate and friendly, while text feedback comments tended to be more convenient, efficient, and concise. However, all students reported that the advantages of video feedback outweighed the advantages of text. The article concludes with recommendations for future research and for online instructors who wish to effectively blend these forms of communication.
Christopher Atwater, Jered Borup, Robert Baker and Richard E. West
Melanie Sartore-Baldwin and Catherine Quatman-Yates
The purpose of this study was to introduce ethnographic research to students in two graduate-level sport management courses, assess the extent to which the students benefited throughout the duration of the project, and anticipate future benefits as a result of the project. In response to previous calls for a more thorough integration of theory, research, and practice within sport management curricula, a plan to integrate ethnography projects into a sport management human resource management course and a contemporary issues course was developed and implemented. The strengths and weaknesses of the project are discussed relative to student feedback received through journal excerpts and interviews from the students and instructor fieldnotes. Suggestions and guidelines for future uses of ethnography as a teaching tool are offered.
Norm O’Reilly, Alana Gattinger and Elisa Beselt
This case focuses on the sponsorship sales aspect of the 2013 International Triathlon Union World Duathlon Championships in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. The case outlines the process of acquiring the right to host the event and creating/implementing a sponsorship sales strategy for the event. The case provides background on the sport of duathlon and the city of Ottawa’s capacity to host an international sport event of this level. This case recognizes that securing sponsorship is a major challenge that many small sport organizations and sport events face. Strategies are presented to show how these sport organizations can actively promote their offerings to overcome this challenge. Intended for graduate and undergraduate students in sport management, event management, and marketing, information for this case was obtained from interviews with event staff, secondary research, and documentation provided by the event organizing committee. It will be necessary for students to use critical thinking to provide feedback to the organizing committee about how they can target and acquire sponsors for the 2013 International Triathlon Union World Duathlon Championships.
Brennan K. Berg, Michael Hutchinson and Carol C. Irwin
This case study illustrates the complexity of decision making in public organizations, specifically highlighting the public health concern of drowning disparities in the United States. Using escalation of commitment theory, students must consider various factors in evaluating the overextended commitments of a local government in a complicated sociopolitical environment and with vital public needs that must be addressed through a local parks and recreation department. Facing a reduction in allocated resources, the department director, Claire Meeks, is tasked with determining which programs will receive higher priority despite the varied feedback from the management staff. To ensure students are provided a realistic scenario, this case offers a combination of fictional and real-life events from Splash Mid-South, an innovative swimming program in Memphis, Tennessee. Students must critically evaluate not only the merits of the swimming program, but the other sport, recreation, and parks programs that also merit an equitable share of the limited resources. Therefore, students are placed in a decision-making role that is common to managers of both public and private organizations. This case study is appropriate for both undergraduate and graduate sport management courses, with specific application to strategic management, organizational behavior, and recreation or leisure topics.
feedback. • Extend wait times leading to increased volunteers’ willingness to respond to questions and pose follow-up questions ( Tofade et al., 2013 ); augmented number, length, and quality of student responses ( Larson & Lovelace, 2013 ); and enhanced student motivation, attention, and discussion ( Rowe
David Pierce, Melissa Davies and Bryan Kryder
time and effort over an extended period of time. During these periods, students are typically revising and refining their work through ongoing collaboration and interaction with faculty members who provide frequently, timely, and constructive feedback. In some cases, student peers and community
Megan B. Shreffler, Adam R. Cocco and Jacob R. Shreffler
setting offers the opportunity for nearly immediate feedback. This is imperative, as the feedback allows students to effectively process the service learning experience. More recent research by McNiff and Aicher ( 2017 ) suggested that growth in online learning may affect sport participation and the
Haylee U. Mercado and John Grady
semester will culminate in a final group project presentation from each group with a panel discussion including the organization. The organizations will provide feedback and insight on their specific group project, as well as provide feedback to the instructor about their performance. Group performance
Michael A. Odio, Patty Raube Keller and Dana Drew Shaw
/antiharassment policies and monitor the feedback from students, employees, and other sources regarding the business’s culture, and response to potential harassment situations. Schools should aim to partner only with organizations with policies and programs designed to affirmatively address harassment from a prevention
James E. Johnson
. Feedback from community partners was gathered directly by the faculty member through one-on-one conversations. Finally, the success of Project L.E.E.P will allow for the potential pairing of graduate students with undergraduate students in order to extend the project. A culture of service learning in