Immersive Teaching Engages Students


Even with more than 4,000 miles of separation, a classroom in Germany is able to interact with the leaders and best at the School of Kinesiology’s Sport Management 313 (Comparative Sports Organizations). Students in Students in Dr. Dae Hee Kwak’s Sport Management 439 (Sponsorship-Linked Marketing) are working to develop new ideas and concepts to showcase the rich history of the Detroit Tigers for fans including concept ideas, graphic renderings, and financial costs—all in an effort to engage them in the community and make their learning experience more relevant and immersive. The School of Kinesiology is taking part in another higher-education revolution that is changing the ways in which students learn, develop, and grow in their chosen fields—engaged and immersive learning.

Dr. Melissa Gross, associate professor of Movement Science, and the new director of innovative teaching and learning in Kinesiology, is no stranger to the immersive and engaged learning environment. In her new role, Gross is responsible for helping faculty navigate new classroom technologies and supporting their innovative approaches to teaching and learning.

Gross says, “Engaged learning is a real benefit of a U-M residential education. Students are literally face-to-face with other students or community members with different points of view— learning the skills that will serve them well when they leave U-M.”

Dr. Stefan Szymanski, the Stephen J. Galetti Professor of Sport Managment, said when he moved from London to Ann Arbor he wanted to bring international experiences into the classroom by setting up a course with a European university. He felt the best match was the German Sport University Cologne, mainly because Germany has the biggest economy in Europe and a strong sport business model. “Because the German model of sport is fundamentally different than the U.S., I felt the differences would spark great interaction and discussion of how each manages sports.”

Harrison Clifford, a sport management junior in the class, said, “I enjoy the class because we share ideas with students from Germany. I have gained important views of the world. Sharing ideas with students from different cultures has made this class more valuable than any other I have been a part of.”


 Movement Magazine


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