Many things distinguish Ball State, but immersive learning is the hallmark of a Ball State education. The university and all of its programs excel at sending students out into real-world experiences while they’re still learning—such experiences are immensely rewarding, highly enriching, and incredibly valuable when it comes time to land employment. Such experiences also help faculty make connections in the community, and inspire graduates to build upon their experiences after they leave campus.
Our students and faculty benefit from many immersive learning opportunities. For example, one program brings our sport administration program into a local elementary school to get the kids there moving and fighting obesity. Another sport administration program developed and managed health and wellness camps in nearby rural counties, creating immersive learning opportunities for a class of 16 Ball State students while encouraging children to adopt healthier lifestyles. One graduate applied what she learned through her immersive Ball State experiences and developed new physical education ideas that attracted the attention of The Wall Street Journal.
October, 2017 Immersive Learning Project
Whitely Food Pantry, Muncie, Indiana
Assistant Professor, Shannon Powers, is leading a Ball State University collaboration with the Whitely Community Council. The Whitely community has recently opened a food pantry to residents. Ms. Powers and other volunteers are working to teach the residents healthy recipes using the food that they receive at the food pantry. Read the full article here.
September, 2016 Immersive Learning Project
Project Title: National Guard Fitness Program
Faculty Mentors: Nicole Koontz, Tonya Skalon, and Dr. Carol Friesen
Community Partner: 113th Brigade Support Battalion, Indiana National Guard
Students provided assessments of body composition, hand grip strength, sit and reach, waist circumference, blood pressure, and heart rate on the soldiers. The soldiers performed a diagnostic physical training test including sit-ups, push-ups, and a 2-mile run. Data collected was used to provide a home-based exercise prescription for the soldiers in hopes to improve their performance.
Dietetics students also completed a nutritional analysis for each soldier and discussed current diet and recommendations with the soldiers.
Post-test and diet analysis are scheduled for 3 to 4 months later.