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Wednesday, April 26 • 10:30am - 12:00pm
Use and Impact of Portable Standing Desks in College Courses

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Due to students sitting for prolonged periods of time, especially collegiate students, it is an ever-growing health concern to reduce the amount of sedentary time in the classroom. We now know extended amounts of sedentary time is a risk factor for several chronic diseases. Therefore, introduction of standing desks is a possible solution in solving this dilemma. There are no available studies examining the implementation of standing desks in college classes. To examine the use and effect of offering portable standing desks in classrooms. During the fall semester, students enrolled in HWP 178: Are you Fit for College? completed a pre-test of knowledge surrounding basic health and wellness. Students in section 2 of HWP 178 were then offered portable standing desks (StandStands) during class. These portable standing desks consist of three pieces of wood that interconnect to form a small stand that can be placed on a desk. Users are able to place a computer or notepad on this stand and thus stand while in class. Usage of StandStands was tracked throughout the semester. Midway through the semester, students in both sections of HWP 178 completed a midterm exam on similar topics addressed in the pre-test. After this mid-term, students in section 1 of HWP 178 were given the option of using the portable standing desks in class. At the end of the semester, students in both sections completed a final exam. In addition, students in both sections were asked to complete an evaluation of the class. Data entry and analysis are currently underway. Descriptive statistics will be used to analyze use of the portable standing desks. A 2-by-2 ANOVA will be conducted to examine change in test scores by group, and independent t-tests will be used to examine differences in course evaluations between the two classes.

Wednesday April 26, 2017 10:30am - 12:00pm PDT
Concourse - Wilma Sherrill Center