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Learn how to provide inclusive, flexible and interactive physical education lessons for all types of learners.

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4 Weeks

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4 Hours / Week

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For Free

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Certificate of Completion

About this Course

The University of the South Pacific is offering a free massive open online course (MOOC) on Quality Physical Education in the Pacific designed for teachers across the Pacific to better understand the fundamentals of physical education to develop active and healthy students.

The online course will run over four weeks with at least four hours of learning materials, practical activities and resources that participants can complete in their own time each week. Each week the course will focus on a key topic designed to provide foundational knowledge and skills on quality physical education to help teachers across the Pacific to provide inclusive, flexible and interactive lessons.

The course is tailored to the Pacific experience of human movement and culture and explores traditional sports and games. Recognising the diversity within classrooms across the Pacific, the course also includes specific content on inclusive physical education with tips for teachers on adapting and modifying to suit the learning needs of every student.

The content has been designed by Dr Aue Te Ava (USP), Dr Dean Dudley (Macquarie University) and Ms Jackie Lauff (Sport Matters). Participants will have access to professional mentors from the Pacific Islands with a range of experience across physical education, physical activity and sport and participants will also be able to connect and interact with each other through the online platform to discuss, share and learn together.

Key Topics in this Course

  • Week 1: Introducing Quality Physical Education

  • Week 2: Traditional Sports and Games in the Pacific

  • Week 3: Understanding Health and Physical Activity in the Pacific

  • Week 4: Designing a Quality Physical Education Lesson

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  1. Describe why it is important to teach Quality Physical Education in the Pacific;
  2. Describe how traditional games and dance influence movement culture in the Pacific and how they can be embedded in Quality Physical Education lessons;
  3. Outline the historical and political contexts of health and physical education in the Pacific;
  4. Discuss the practices and beliefs with colleagues to support your professional development;
  5. Identify strategies to plan inclusive physical education lessons to cater for the needs of all learners;
  6. Demonstrate how to design a quality physical education lesson; and
  7. Develop strategies to support your learning and development after this MOOC.

This Course
is for

The course is designed for anyone with an interest in learning more about how to deliver quality physical education in the Pacific including;

  • Pre-service and in-service teachers;
  • Classroom teachers with no background in physical education;
  • School leavers;
  • Community sport coaches, administrators and volunteers; and
  • People interested in all levels of education (early childhood, primary, secondary and special and inclusive education).

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Meet your Facilitators

Dr Aue Te Ava

Dr Aue Te Ava

Dr Aue Te Ava is a Lecturer in Education at The University of the South Pacific, based at the Labasa Campus in Fiji. Dr Te Ava has a Bachelor of Science from Brigham Young University in Hawaii, a Masters of Kinesiology and Rehabilitation Leisure Science in Health and Physical Education from the University of Hawaii and a PhD in Health and Physical Education from The University of Auckland in New Zealand. Dr Te Ava has published research on the role of physical education culture in preserving traditional sports and games in the Cook Islands and culturally responsive pedagogy in Cook Island school health and physical education. Dr Te Ava has previously been a lecturer in Health and Physical Education at Charles Darwin University in Darwin, Australia, and in Indigenous Studies and Sports and Physical Education at the University of Southern Queensland. He is currently chair of a Literacy Research team at USP in partnership with Monash University in Australia and a Course Coordinator for the Physical Education Major at USP’s School of Education.

Jackie Lauff

Jackie Lauff

Jackie Lauff is a content specialist in adapted physical activity. Jackie has an undergraduate degree in Occupational Therapy (University of Sydney) and Master of Adapted Physical Activity (Norwegian School of Sport Sciences). In her role as CEO of Sport Matters, Jackie has provided technical assistance, support and guidance for teachers, coaches and sports administrators in Australia, the Pacific, Asia and Africa. Her previous roles include working with the International Council of Sport Science and Physical Education in Germany, as an Inclusion Officer at Basketball Australia, and teaching Inclusive Coaching at the Australian College of Physical Education (ACPE) in Sydney.

Dr Dean Dudley

Dr Dean Dudley

Dr Dean Dudley is director of The King's Institute and a senior lecturer and researcher in health and physical education at Macquarie University. Internationally, he is recognized for his work in physical education, pedagogy, assessment, and physical literacy. He is a 2012 Churchill Fellow and an expert consultant for UNESCO on quality physical education policy and practice. In 2018, Dean was appointed as a senior consultant in health and physical education by the International Bureau of Education (IBE-UNESCO) and an affiliated scientist of the INCH lab at the University of Toronto (Department of Kinesiology and Physical Education). He is also an adjunct senior research fellow with The University of The South Pacific.