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Walking Outdoors during Seminars Improved Perceived Seminar Quality and Sense of Well-Being among Participants
KTH, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), Media Technology and Interaction Design, MID.
KTH, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), Media Technology and Interaction Design, MID. (Technology Enhanced Learning)ORCID iD: 0000-0001-6457-5231
KTH, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), Media Technology and Interaction Design, MID.
Mälardalen University.
2018 (English)In: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, ISSN 1661-7827, E-ISSN 1660-4601, Vol. 15, no 303Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Low levels of physical activity and sedentary behaviour are a growing health problem globally. Physical inactivity is associated with increased risk of numerous ailments, cardiovascular disease and mortality. Our primary aim was to perform a feasibility study on how to incorporate physical activity among students and teachers in regular teaching activities. The second aim was to investigate how students and teachers perceived the differences between outdoor walking seminars and regular indoor seminars. By transforming an on-campus course into a blended course, we were able to conduct seminars outdoors in nearby nature while walking. These walking seminars were evaluated among 131 students and nine teachers leading the walking seminars. The responses to the student survey and teacher interviews indicate that discussions, sense of well-being and the general quality of the seminar improved, regardless of how physically active participants were the rest of the time. The study shows one way to increase physical activity with small means; in our case, a reorganization of how we prepared for the seminars which allowed for walking discussions.

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MDPI , 2018. Vol. 15, no 303
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teaching methods; higher education; seminars; blended learning; outdoor physical activity; well-being
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Technology and Health; Technology and Learning
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-224148DOI: 10.3390/ijerph15020303ISI: 000426721400128Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85042026685OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-224148DiVA, id: diva2:1189437
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Available from: 2018-03-10 Created: 2018-03-10 Last updated: 2018-04-04Bibliographically approved

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