Williams, Mia Kim

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Krause, Jennifer

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Wesley, Cindy

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Smith, Mark


Educational Technology


University of Northern Colorado

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Greeley (Colo.)


University of Northern Colorado

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192 pages

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Born digital


Technology is well entrenched as part of our everyday lives and formal learning settings. The role technology plays as part of informal learning of sports and physical activities has not been explored as thoroughly. This study examined the use of technology by ultradistance cyclists as part of their experiential learning process. Data collection was through semi-structured interviews of 10 cyclists who routinely utilized technology in preparing for and participating in ultradistance events. Emerging themes were organized utilizing NVIVO software. While identified themes were similar to the phases of the Kolb (2014) experiential learning model, there was also a strong temporal component. Technology usage themes prior to an event included Abstract Conceptualization, Route Planning, and Training. Technology usage themes during an event included Active Experimentation, Concrete Experience, and Coping with Equipment, Mental, or Physical Challenges. A technology usage theme after an event included Reflective Observations. Participants also expressed preferences in technology characteristics; themes included Record and Display information, Easy to Use, Syncing Between Devices, and Reliability. Kolb and Kolb (2005) identified a number of features that enhanced informal experiential learning spaces in higher education. Technology could replicate these features to enhance the experiential learning process in ultradistance cycling.

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