Oklahoma University Making Students Wear Fitness Tracking Devices
— Rachel Bachman (@Bachscore) January 31, 2016
An Oklahoma university is taking its physical fitness requirement to the next level.
Oral Roberts University is requiring incoming students to wear Fitbit fitness tracking devices, which measure the number of steps walked, quality of sleep and other metrics.
This data will be tracked by the school and could affect student grades.
The school is touting the pioneer fitness program as groundbreaking.
“ORU offers one of the most unique educational approaches in the world by focusing on the Whole Person — mind, body and spirit,” ORU President William M. Wilson said in a statement. “The marriage of new technology with our physical fitness requirements is something that sets ORU apart.”
Reports suggest students might be required to walk ten thousand steps each day. The information is uploaded directly to the school's database.