Effect Of Delivery Modes On Physical Activity Levels: Face-to-face Vs. Online

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Title: Effect Of Delivery Modes On Physical Activity Levels: Face-to-face Vs. Online
Author: Foster, Chelsea
Abstract: The purpose of this study was to determine physical activity levels in students enrolled in a walk /jog class that was delivered online and in a traditional face to face environment . Differences in voluntary exercise intensity and duration between the two delivery modes were examined as they specifically related to fulfilling the course requirements . Overall activity levels were determined for a 7 day period . Forty -three college students [mean (±SD ) age : 24 .7 ± 8 .2 years ; height : 65 .7 ± 3 .5 in ; weight : 73 .5 ± 17 kg] enrolled in a walk for fitness or walk for fitness class at the university level volunteered for the study . Subjects enrolled at the time of the study in an online or face -to -face section of walk /jog for fitness were recruited and classified into one of two groups [online group (n=18 ) and an on campus group (n=25 )] based on their enrollment status . The subjects wore the accelerometer for a seven -day period and wore the polar heart rate chest strap only when they participated in their exercise for their designated class . There was no significant difference in the amount of MVPA between the groups related to fulfilling the requirements of the course . A purposeful bout of exercise lasted 34 .1 ± 10 .4 minutes in the face -to -face class and 36 .2 ± 21 .3 minutes in the online class . Interestingly when the entire day was examined and not just class time , significant difference between the two groups existed on the amount of moderate to vigorous physical activity they achieved on a class day (p=0 .034 ) with online getting 114 .5 ± 94 .5 minutes of MVPA and on campus getting 173 .4 ± 80 .5 minutes of MVPA . However , there were no significant differences between groups in their total week , during class , or non -class day spent in the moderate to vigorous range of physical activity . However both groups got significantly more physical activity on days they were fulfilling the course requirements (non -class day vs . class day ) .
URI: http : / /hdl .handle .net /10106 /5854
Date: 2011-07-14


Effect Of Delivery Modes On Physical Activity Levels: Face-to-face Vs. Online. Available electronically from http : / /hdl .handle .net /10106 /5854 .

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