Why One University Made Fitbits Mandatory for Students
At 10,000 steps required a day, this student body will be a fit body
Starting this year, incoming students at Oral Roberts University are required to wear Fitbits and track at least 10,000 steps a day. At first thought the move is questionable, but further examination of the school’s strategy and the market signal a larger trend of emerging tech-integrated college experiences.
For students at Oral Roberts, the idea of logging activity data for course credit isn’t new. Since its founding in 1965, the university has maintained a fitness component as part of its “Whole Person Education,” and students have had to manually enter aerobics points in journals for course credit.