Monthly Archives: September 2013

Online classes make exercise convenient – Buffalo News

At home, anyone with a DVD player can start a workout with the push of a button.

Tamara Zemlo would rather have a trainer push her buttons.

“I was trying to cheat a little bit, but she was telling me, ‘Keep those abs in.’ It motivated me to keep going,” says Zemlo, 44, who recently sweated through a one-on-one workout session under the watchful eye of Julie Bobek – even though Zemlo was in her Bethesda, Md., living room and Bobek was in New York City.

Their “Core and More” appointment was set up through Expertory, a site that promises to help visitors “learn, teach and consult practically anything online via video chat.” Founder and CEO Tony Jarboe came up with the idea after he read a newspaper article about a piano teacher using Skype with clients. In the article, the teacher mentioned some hurdles, such as setting up scheduling and processing online payments. Reading that, Jarboe realized he could establish a site that would deal with the logistics for a cut of the fee.

His next thought? This format is ideal for fitness. “You just have to get up and change clothes,” Jarboe says. Since Expertory launched this year, personal training sessions, yoga and boot camps have been among its most popular offerings.

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The site is just one of a series of startups giving more people access to exercise whenever and wherever they want it. There’s FitnessGlo, which offers a catalog of videos taught by top instructors available on demand for a monthly fee. There’s FitBlok, which bills itself as the iTunes of fitness classes. And there are a few options like Flirty Girl Fitness Live, which lets people peek into classes streamed directly from a Toronto studio.

What’s missing in those programs is the ability to form relationships, says Viva Chu, co-founder of Powhow. Like Expertory, his site aims to give instructors an online platform to interact directly with students. Videos can be helpful – they’re available on his site as well – but nothing beats real-time feedback, Chu says.

When instructors sign on with Powhow, they open up a virtual studio to showcase their expertise, whether that’s yoga in sign language or belly dance, and get the tools to offer classes ranging in size from one to 100 students. Instructors can view up to three students at a time to give detailed pointers, and there are discussion groups on the site that allow classmates and teachers to connect before and after scheduled sessions.

The site solved a big problem for Evin Himmighoefer, 35, a personal trainer and group exercise instructor who is constantly being uprooted by her husband’s military career. Currently stationed at Fort Meade in Maryland, Himmighoefer had considered setting up an online studio but found the tech issues too daunting. Instead, she pays Powhow $300 a year and can focus on training clients. That’s a fraction of what it costs to rent physical space, she says, and it allows her to keep her schedule flexible. She’s available to teach mornings and nights, and is adding more classes to her repertoire. Next up: Zumba and prenatal classes.

For busy parents, the online setup can make all the difference, says Zemlo, who has three kids in elementary school and runs a honey business out of her backyard. On the rare occasion she can find time to get to the gym, “I need to have someone tell me what to do,” Zemlo says.

During her Expertory session with Bobek, she was told lots of things to do: planks, pushups, mountain climbers. And when it was over, she didn’t have to fight traffic or deal with a locker room. She just shut down her computer.

CSU’s offer online classes – The Poly Post

Posted: Tuesday, September 24, 2013 7:02 pm

CSU’s offer online classes

Meaghan Sands, News Editor


Beginning this fall quarter, students will now be able to take fully online courses through other California State Universities. According to Claudia Pinter-Lucke, associate provost for the division of academic affairs, this is part of the Intrasystem Concurrent Enrollment Online Course Program, a platform promoted through the Chancellor’s Office.

This program has been in effect for a while; it just did not include the online aspect. The online program was organized very quickly and CSU campuses received requests to join the program in April and May of this year.

According to the Academic Senate CSU report, while Intrasystem Concurrent enrollment has existed for approximately 40 years, the planned expansion of this opportunity via online courses has generated new interest.

To enroll in a class students must be enrolled in 6.1 units or more and have their fees paid. Each student is currently allowed to enroll in one class per term and students must stick with their term schedule, for example, quarter students enroll with a quarter system school and semester students enroll with a semester system school.

“We’re not exactly sure why the Chancellor decided on that restriction,” said Pinter-Lucke. “My best guess would be to avoid student confusion over the different calendar schedules. But this might be something that is changed in the near future.”

The unit conversion when going from quarter to semester and vice versa can be tricky because the units do not always match up. Students dependent on financial aid could lose their funds if they do not make sure their units add up.

The three classes being offered this fall are a sociology and geology class through CSU Bakersfield, and a music class through CSU East Bay.

The reason there are only three classes being offered to Cal Poly Pomona students is because there are currently only six CSUs on the quarter system and among those, only three of them submitted online courses.

According to Pinter-Lucke, the goal of this program is to make more classes available to students and to enable them to get their degree in a timelier manner.

“This program benefits the students here and the students on other campuses,” she said.

The classes that are mainly being targeted for this program are general education and support courses. Questionnaires administered to students over the years have shown that students tend to prefer hybrid courses over full online courses. Thus, in the near future, it is unlikely that we will see core classes in this program.

Classes chosen for this program were also those with a broad appeal to a variety of students.

To make room for additional students selected classes either had an additional section added or added on seats to other sections.

There will be a minimum of 50 additional seats in each class. This means, that for a specific class, either a whole new section with 50 seats will be added or, for example, five sections will get 10 additional seats.

Any seats that were currently available for other CSU students that go untaken during the add/drop period will be released to CPP students for the taking.


Tuesday, September 24, 2013 7:02 pm.