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Government Shutdown Affects ISU Curriculum

Classes in the ISU Department of Kinesiology, Recreation and Sports use government websites to complete assignments now unavailable because of the shutdown.

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Classes in the ISU Department of Kinesiology, Recreation and Sports use government websites to complete assignments, now unavailable because of the shutdown.

The government shutdown has caused a curriculum disturbance at Indiana State University. Faculty and students are worried that the Department of Kinesiology, Recreation, and Sports courses will be affected until the government reopens, because the shutdown is preventing use of government websites that are essential to course curriculum.

ISU Instructor Brady Cole teaches PE101, a hybrid health course that uses myplate.gov and the Center for Disease Control websites as part of the curriculum. During the government shutdown these two sites are no longer available, and Cole says 20 percent of his student’s grades rely on them.

“Right now we’re looking to find other websites to facilitate our needs, for the time being at least,” Cole says. “And you know there’s not a lot we can do right now. We have 1300 students, so It’s kind of a pain to get everything reorganized.”

Students use myplate.gov to submit food logs, to track fats, calories and other personal health data. They also use the CDC site to research topics they are learning about in class. ISU Freshman, Colleen Lilly, says she and her peers have not been able to complete homework assignments in almost a week- but so far she’s ok with it.

“I was excited. That’s one less thing that I had to do,” Lilly says.

The Department of Kinesiology and Recreation is still in search of other websites they can use to incorporate into the curriculum, but may have to revert to other methods that don’t involve internet use.

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