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Case Study: Can video gaming be considered physical educatio

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Claire Eckenrode

on 12 October 2015

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Transcript of Case Study: Can video gaming be considered physical educatio

Video Games a sport?
Wexler (2015) argues that video games should be considered a sport.
University Context
The University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) is a public university in Maryland with over 11,000 students.

Problem Statement (continued)
Currently, Billy is enrolled in a Video Game Design and Programming course and is earning a top grade in the class.
Billy has decided to petition to have video game courses count toward his 2 PE requirements.
While Billy's disability is not physical in nature, he feels that it inhibits him from succeeding in those types of environments.
You are Billy's Academic Advisor...
...and have been since Billy's freshman year.
You know that he was admitted through special interest because his mother is an Alumnus and funds a university-endowed scholarship.
You called him in to the office and you let him know that you made a request for a substitution but it was denied by the Registrar’s office.
Later, you get a call from Billy’s mother who is very angry and upset. She strongly believes that Billy has been and continues to be discriminated against on the basis of his disability. She is threatening to discontinue all funding to the scholarship unless his request is approved.

Knowing all of this, how would you proceed? Consider the following questions...

Who are the other stakeholder’s/key decision-makers? How “high-up” does Billy’s case need to go?
Does Billy have a sound case?
Do you think the university should make an exception for Billy? Does severity of Billy’s disability matter in determining if an exception should be made?
How can you provide reassurance to Billy’s mother?
What are other solutions for Billy to fulfill his GE Requirement if his substitution is still denied?
Are they any other resources that can help Billy in this case?
Following the national trend, do you think the university should eliminate the PE requirements all together?

Case Study: Can video gaming be considered physical education?
Bye Bye, PE Requirements!
Sophomore at UMBC.
He is diagnosed on the autism spectrum.
Last semester, Billy took the Jogging course (PHED 109), to fulfill one of his PE requirements. Several times throughout the semester, he was bullied by some of his classmates.
While his disability does not hinder his overall physical ability, Billy feels that it impacts his ability to perform physical activities “like a normal person”.
Embarrassed Billy withdrew from the course, and did not earn credit.
In 2010, 39% of four-year colleges said students had to meet physical education requirements in order to graduate
This is down from about two-thirds in the 1990s
Studies do not specifically address why colleges are dropping the requirements but "one big factor is the broader shift away from requiring students to take many classes outside their majors" (Painter, 2013).
The recent administrative trend is to allow students to choose their own form of exercise.
"Students have been playing video games in college for decades," they are just growing more visible on campuses now.
The difference now is that they’re becoming like other athletic divisions with rules, regulations, and prizing-- an "organized, administration-approved part of campus culture".
University General Education (GE) program - required for all students to graduate. The GE program includes a Physical Education (PE) requirement where students must complete 2 PE courses in order to graduate.
University policy - if a student is "physically disqualified", he or she may receive a waiver or substitution.
UMBC: PE Course Options
PHED 102 - Badminton
PHED 105 - Basketball
PHED 109 - Jogging
PHED 112 - Beginning Swimming
PHED 125 - Volleyball
PHED 127 - Aquatic Activities
PHED 135 - Softball
PHED 136 - Women's Lacrosse
PHED 137 - Tennis
PHED 141 - Skiing

PHED 144 - Soccer
PHED 153 - Scuba
PHED 154 - Bowling
PHED 155 - Yoga
PHED 160 - Racquetball
PHED 161 - Ice Skating
PHED 163 - Track & Field
PHED 164 - Waterpolo
PHED 170 - Touch Football
PHED 171 - Field Hockey
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