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The Student Athlete Support Services in the Ohio State Department of Athletics held weeks three and four of the third-annual summer bridge program. The incoming Buckeyes discussed Ohio State’s academic integrity during week three, while week four was apps for education as each new Buckeye received an iPad provided by the athletic department.
Week 3: Academic Integrity
The student-athletes were educated on academic integrity at Ohio State and the differences of the Code of Conduct at the collegiate level compared to high school. The session opened up with Brett McDaniel, a learning specialist for SASSO, and he elaborated on what academic integrity means to him and the importance of it.
“It is always better to ask beforehand than to ask for forgiveness,” McDaniel said.
Next, the introduction of Dr. Hobgood, Coordinator for the Committee on Academic Misconduct at Ohio State. He spoke about Ohio State’s COAM. COAM stands for “Committee On Academic Misconduct.” COAM is in charge of educating and disciplining all Ohio State’s students who break the code of conduct rules. The student-athletes learned if they are found to have engaged, or attempted to engage, in any form of academic misconduct, the students will have two options: to either admit the acquisitions and accept the repercussions, or go up in front of COAM and have a hearing. The hearing with COAM consists of a panel of five committee members that will hear from both the student and the professor who turned in the academic misconduct.
The student-athletes wrapped up the day with breaking off into six groups to create and perform a 10-15 second skit about the most common scenarios of academic misconduct that students encounter. After each group performed, the audience would then decide what parts of the skit are violations of academic conduct. This was an amusing and light way to get the student-athletes discussing and learning more about academic misconduct.
Week 4: Apps for Education
Each student-athlete receives an iPad during their freshman year to use for homework, studying, game film, coaching videos and many self-service apps. When student-athletes are traveling for their sport’s competition, the iPad is a beneficial tool for being on the road because it is lightweight. Week four focused on educating the student-athletes on how to use their iPad and apps for education and studying their sport. Nicole Kraft, a clinical assistant professor for the school of communication, led this week’s session.
Some of the student-athletes had experience with an iPad before, but the majority didn’t. Kraft walked through step-by-step with the student-athletes. She began by going over the iPad’s features and self-service apps that allow student-athletes to use the iPads properly. One of the self-service apps included Split Screen, which allows student-athletes to effectively multitask when studying, doing an assignment or taking notes from a lecture video or game film.
Mitch Bergman, a freshman on the men’s soccer team, talked about how excited he is to have the Split Screen app for his freshman year, “I like how I can take notes on one side and write my paper on the other, will be useful.”
Dr. Melissa Beers, a psychologist and Program Director for the College of Psychology, also came to speak with the student athletes, and specifically on the Split Screen app. There are many positives about the app, but in today’s world there are so many distractions due to so many social media outlets, and Dr. Beers cautioned them on how to be effective with the Split Screen app, “Humans are not programmed to multi-task, so be smart about having two screens you have in front of you. Do not have your email or social media up while you are doing research for a paper, because you will get distracted.”
Kraft wrapped up the session answering any last questions the student-athletes had and ending with an overview of the day, “We want you to know about these features so you can change what you do to study so that it fits you. There are a variety of options to get you to success. The more times you use your iPad, the more likely you are to use it smartly and get the most out of it.”