Online Learning 2016-10-28T23:47:49+00:00

Learn from experts around the globe — without leaving your desk!

NIRSA is excited to offer a diverse selection of professional development opportunities online. Learn from experts across the globe year-round, without having to travel for face-to-face meetings or events.


Is it possible to make meaningful contributions to the field of collegiate recreation in 140 characters or less? You bet. #RecChat, a public conversation held through Twitter, does just that…

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Risk Management Training

Risk management is an ever-evolving program which needs consistent implementation by dedicated staff who are up-to-date with the current best practices in the field. That’s why we’ve collaborated with McGregor & Associates Inc.—a consulting company specializing in sport and recreation risk management—to offer NIRSA members access to discounted training tools and free resources

Online Courses

This series of online courses in risk management, held both in the fall and winter, has been formatted to allow students and professionals to learn at their own speed, during their own time. An online platform is used to deliver “lectures” and a small class size maximizes class interactions and networking opportunities.

  • Risk Management for Recreation Professionals
    The course explores Negligence Liability and the Risk Management planning process. Students will learn the critical concept of Reasonable Standard of Care and how this impacts and guides all risk management planning efforts.
  • Strategic Risk Management
    As a follow-up to the introductory “Risk Management for Recreation Professionals,” this advanced course is designed to take your risk management efforts to the next level.
  • Sport Clubs
    Sport Clubs are initiated and managed by Club members with the primary role of the University being to support, assist and advise the student leaders. The key to a successful Sport Clubs program is strong student leadership and involved University support.
  • Youth Camps
    The Standard of Care required for Youth Camps is very high — mostly because you are dealing with minors. While some of the risk management issues discussed are identical to those handled on a day-to-day basis in other Campus Recreation programs, many issues are unique to Youth Camps.
  • Special Events
    This online course is designed for people who are directly responsible for planning and managing all aspects of Special Events.
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Risk Management Webinar Series

Risk management is an ever-evolving program which needs consistent implementation by dedicated, up-to-date staff. That’s why we’ve collaborated with McGregor & Associates Inc. — a consulting company specializing in sport and recreation risk management — to offer NIRSA Members online courses and a webinar series.

Expires August 31, 2017

NIRSA Members who purchase a webinar series will receive link and password that is active until August 31, 2017.

Expires August 31, 2017!

NIRSA Members who purchase a webinar series will receive link and password that is active until August 31, 2017.

All Webinars:
Accessible at any time, on any computer, for whole academic year
(Sept 1, 2016 – Aug 31, 2017)

Delivered by:
Content experts – saving staff time in preparing and delivering training material.

Webinar Length:
Typically 15-30 minutes.

Target Audience:
All Campus Recreation staff
(Note: All ‘Negligence Awareness Training’ Webinars focuses on student staff)

All Webinars are $25
(except the freebee!)

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Risk Management Newsletter for Campus Recreation

Published four times per year, each issue of the Risk Management Newsletter for Campus Recreation provides practical hands-on advice and training tips to assist your department’s risk management planning efforts. Available for free, this resource will help you stay current, with a focused look at current risk management issues directly impacting campus recreation.

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NIRSA invites you to enjoy a complementary session recording from 2016 NIRSA Annual Conference

Using Competencies to Advance YOU and YOUR Department

Learning Outcomes:

  1. Identify opportunities to utilize competencies for all specialty areas as well as career levels for professional training and development.
  2. Develop an understanding of advancing organizational strategic planning through the use of competencies and assessment.
  3. Assess priorities for acquiring and developing new skills within the context of professional best practices.

Campus Labs Webinars

NIRSA is pleased to offer Members free access to a variety of webinars in partnership with CampusLabs, a platform uniting professional consultation, technology, and assessment resources for higher education professionals. CampusLabs webinars are live and collaborative, and address a range of topics surrounding useful learning areas within higher education and student affairs.

Learn more at CampusLabs

Officials Training

In partnership with Human Kinetics, a publisher of educational products for the physical activity and health fields, NIRSA has developed several online training courses, including interactive training for sport officials. The first of these courses, NIRSA Officiating Flag Football, is now available.

Learn more at Human Kinetics

NIRSA & ACPA Webinar


How Campus Intramural Programs Contribute to Student Retention

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This webinar was recorded on Thursday, August 20, 2015, 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm EST

Cost: Free

Campus recreation programs provide opportunities for students to participate in activities outside the classroom. These programs offer recreational activities in a variety of settings. Studies have provided evidence that campus recreational centers tend to have positive effects on student retention, satisfaction, and recruitment. Retention and completion rates are essential benchmarks in determining student success. This session has been designed to discuss the correlation between campus intramural programs and student retention rates and utilizing institutional data to provide more evidence. This webinar was presented by ACPA Commission for Recreation and Athletics and NIRSA: Leaders in College Recreation.


James Archibald

James Archibald

James G. Archibald, Ph.D., LPC is an Assistant Professor of Higher Education Leadership at Valdosta State University. Dr. Archibald is also Research Associate with the Center for Higher Education at Ohio University. His research interests include improving professional standards in student affairs practice, campus recreation programming, and mental health issues in collegiate settings.

Dylan Volpintesta

Dylan Volpintesta

Dylan Volpintesta, Valdosta State University, Graduate Assistant for Intramural and Club Sports and 2nd year student in the Higher Education Leadership at Valdosta State University. Dylan also serves as Club Soccer Coordinator for Region II of National Intramural Recreations Sports Association. His research interests include campus recreation programming and retention, LGBT inclusion in campus recreation, as well as other topics in the field.

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