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The Physical Education & Wellness Program provides students with the knowledge and skills to lead healthy, active life styles, as well as, experience the benefits of social interaction through student-centered instructional physical activity.
A remote synchronous course closely resembles an in- person Physical Education and Wellness courses with students attending 2 classes per week (MW or TR) with Zoom that includes both an instructor and other students. Students choosing this option are required to have adequate space for movement (minimum 6ft x 6ft, non- slip floor, clear of any objects) and internet access to allow for both video and audio to be on during the zoom course. To provide additional perspective students will need enough space to be able to do a push up and jumping jacks.
In a remote asynchronous course, students are required to complete 2 weekly assignments that may include any of the following: readings, quizzes, short answer questions, a video review and discussion boards. Students will independently manage their time to complete these assignments by the deadline to receive attendance credit for the particular assignment. Each assignment is equivalent to one attendance date. Students are also required to attend 2 synchronous zoom meetings (30 minutes) to meet with their instructor and class to review the course materials, assignment due dates and Q&A- typically during week 1 and week 4. See dates/times listed under your class section. Please note: students are eligible to receive points only once per asynchronous class.
Swim tests are held throughout the year on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 8AM and 8PM in the Zesiger Center Pool. Arrive to the pool deck on time and the lifeguard can direct you to the manager on duty.
Physical Education and Wellness will offer Extreme PE Courses in accordance with the safety recommendations from CDC, Cambridge and MIT. Go to Quarterly Schedules or Course Catalog to see what will be offered for 2021/2022.
The Physical Education and Wellness General Institute Requirement states that all students are required to complete a minimum of eight points and the swim requirement. Students are expected to complete this requirement by the end of their second year. Transfer students need to only complete four points and the swim requirement.
Students can earn physical education & wellness points through core courses or alternative options such as group exercise classes, personal training sessions, private swim lessons, or participation in varsity sports or ROTC.
MIT undergraduate students are required to meet the swim requirement by taking a swim course during their first year or electing to take a swim test during orientation. Swim courses are offered throughout the year and students can register through the on-line physical education & wellness registration system.
Physical Education & Wellness points are not awarded for instructional courses offered through the Recreation Program. The Physical Education & Wellness General Institute Requirement most importantly provides undergraduate students 8 hours of highly structured and progressive instruction with practice opportunities for skill acquisition. All courses are taught by trained and certified instructors that meet all the requirements of Physical Education & Wellness.
Whereas, Recreational Instructional Courses focus on providing recreation opportunities designed around the interests and needs of graduate students, staff and faculty.
Because, many times the course duration, amount of progressive instruction and different instructor credentials do not comply with MIT requirements for the General Institute Requirement, Recreational Instructional Courses are not offered for Physical Education & Wellness points.
Physical Education & Wellness points are not awarded for club sports. The Physical Education & Wellness GIR most importantly provides supervised, intentional, methodical instruction for skill acquisition by certified instructors in addition to providing practice opportunities. An additional goal of a physical education & wellness course is to create a sense of community within courses so students can continue practicing the acquired skills with others when the course is completed.
Clubs sports are student initiated, student run and student sustained organizations intended to provide MIT students with a leadership opportunities. The students determine the direction of the club, whether it be competitive or instructional. Although clubs can take an instructional approach, they are not expected to provide structured progressions to beginners twice a week for six weeks. Also, clubs sports instructors or coaches are not required to keep detailed records including attendance or meet the same instructor qualifications.
The Director of Physical Education & Wellness, Physical Education & Wellness Faculty, Director of Club Sports with the Club Sports Council reviewed the concept of offering club sports for physical education & wellness points. It was concluded that there is not sufficient infrastructure within the club sport program and available resources in DAPER to manage and sustain this initiative with appropriate integrity. However, the club sport proposal will be reviewed in the future if a Recreational Sport Coordinator is hired.
As a solution, the Physical Education & Wellness Office will review a proposal by any club sport that would like to offer a course through Physical Education & Wellness that is submitted in April for the following year. Clubs need to demonstrate student interest and recommend an instructor who would provide a 12 class syllabus complete with learning outcomes that meets required degree requirement and certifications. If the proposal is approved, the instructor is then interviewed, hired, and trained as a physical education instructor. These instructors would be expected to complete the same tasks as other physical education & wellness instructors. This is feasible solution because it operates within the current physical education & wellness structure.
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