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RECR 371:

Outdoor Education

Current Copy of the RECR 371 Syllabus

Course Description: Outdoor Education is designed for individuals interested in using the outdoors as an educational setting. Emphasis will be placed on creating a learning environment in the outdoors, appropriate teaching and delivery methods, lesson plan design, leadership skills, field trip planning, and risk management. Some course components will focus on developing outdoor activity skills. The course will involve off-campus travel and learning experiences.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Understand the concepts of outdoor education including- outdoor recreation, conservation education, environmental education and adventure education.
  • Understand the challenges and benefits of teaching in an outdoor setting including learning barriers and how to minimize or prevent these barriers.
  • Understand participant characteristics and their impact on teaching preparation.
  • Develop the ability to apply student management strategies in an outdoor education setting.
  • Develop an understanding of logistics associated with placing students in the field.
  • Plan and implement an outdoor education lesson plan incorporating reflection and assessment.
  • Learn and apply physical, cognitive and effective methods of teaching in the outdoors.
  • Learn the basics of outdoor adventure activities including challenge initiatives, and land navigation.

Students in this course will be assessed on their ability to:

  • Understand how to create a multidisciplinary outdoor learning environment.
  • Understand basic concepts of instruction.
  • Work as a team to prepare lesson plans and instruct middle school students.

Professional Standards addressed in RECR 371: COAPRT (NRPA)

7.02: (Service and Experience Opportunities) Students graduating from the program shall be able to demonstrate the ability to design, implement, and evaluate services that facilitate targeted human experiences and that embrace personal and cultural dimensions of diversity.

  • Indirect Measure: RECR 371 (Outdoor Recreation Course): Environmental Education Project:  Student proficiency in their understanding of Outdoor Education and Inclusion through the Tigers on Trail Program.
Name of Assessment Scoring Guide Assessment/
Experience in Course
Program Learning Outcome Student Performance Criteria Standards Met

Developing, Teaching,  and Guiding- Learning Outcome: Indirect Measure

Tigers on Trail Program (TOT)

3 Students must perform at or above the "Accomplished" level in order to be considered "Proficient" in their understanding of general leisure/recreation concepts. COAPRT 7.2

LEAP (Shepherd University):
* Oral Communication
*Collaboration Teamwork
*Civic Knowledge & Engagement
Description of Tigers on Trail Program
Rubric used to assess Tigers on Trail Program
Rubric used to report assessment data (Outcomes) to SU
Result of Learning Outcome (assessment data) for Tigers on Trail Program


CPI: REVISIONS (June, 2014):

Due to past results and recommendations it was determined that RECR 371 Program Plan did not adequately measure diversity and therefore will not be used in the Revised Assessment Plan as a measure of learning.












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