Initially, the education professors found the demands of producing their own instructional technology somewhat challenging.
“At first it was overwhelming because of the time it took to capture the skill demonstrations, edit them and convert them to iPod format,” said Moore, who noted a small learning curve associated with the production and conversion of digital clips. “But it is relatively easy if the technology cooperates.”
Mickle and Moore spent a summer filming and editing videos and lectures, and adding audio and still photos. “It was ‘low-tech’ in real time,” recalls Moore. John Hildreth, assistant director for the Technology in Learning Center, recorded lectures and developed the athletic training modules.
Students, who are required to spend a specific amount of hours in the classroom, report the digital technology gives them extra learning time that fits more seamlessly into their busy lifestyles.
“It’s a great concept,” says senior Stephanie Cushman, of Richmond. “We have so many different classes and so many different professors. This outlines everything in front of us, and we can just look it up on our iPod when we need it. I use it before tests and can look at the pictures without sound when I need to. It lets me just look at notes without having to carry a lot of books.”
The first-time pass rate for students taking the Athletic Trainers’ Certification Examination has increased from 25 to 50 percent, according to the professors, and the availability of the study aid, as well as number of new quality enhancement initiatives, could play a role in that.
The university’s athletic training major has been approved by the State Council on Higher Education in Virginia (SCHEV) and is fully accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE).