Connecting Courses as Pathways


We are trying to find a range of learning pathways in performance analysis and analytics at the University of Canberra.

I have written about our open courses and shared news of Jocelyn Mara’s Graduate Certificate in Sports Analytics.

Roland Goecke is working on a Masters in Data Science. It is two-year full-time course. At present the draft framework is:

Semester 1

  • Introduction to Statistics
  • Introduction to R
  • Pattern Recognition
  • Basic Data Visualisation

(If students wish they can exit here with a Graduate Certificate in Data Science.)

Semester 2

  • Data wrangling
  • Data Recording
  • Python
  • Advanced Statistics or Software Computing or Advanced Data Visualisation

(If students wish they can exit here with a Graduate Diploma in Data Science.)

Semester 3

  • Research Methods
  • Research Project Planning
  • Domain Specialisation (Health, Finance, Sport)

Semester 4

  • Capstone
  • Research Project

Successful completion of the four semesters leads to an award of Masters in Data Science (with a domain specialisation such as Sport).

I am hopeful that all these pathways can offer microlearning opportunities too.

For example, the OERu course in Sport Informatics and Analytics has a topic on R:

  • The whole page is here.
  • There is fourteen-page list of R resources here to support the page.

OERu design protocols enable pages to be broken down into smaller components (sub-pages) suitable for microlearning opportunities. So for R this looks like:

I see these microlearning opportunities as discrete as well as cumulative. They can fit into no certification, Open Badge, Certificate, Diploma and Masters pathways.


I am looking forward to discussing with Roland and Jocelyn how our varying pathways might converge and diverge to give students on campus and on line the optimum opportunity to engage in self-directed analysis and analytics.

I am hopeful that my friends around the world might see opportunities to connect their pathways as open learning and fee-for-service possibilities. We could a most attractive map to offer … and negotiate.

Photo Credits

Crossroads (Eric Fischer, CC BY 2.0)

ACTION Leyland National – dashboard (ArchivesACT, CC BY-NC 2.0)

Cores and Edges: Video Postscript


After writing about my presentation on Cores and Edges, thanks to Lewis Cressy at the National Sports Information Centre, I have two video links to my presentation.

A one minute summary:

A twelve minute summary:

My final slide presentation is here.

I enjoyed returning to the AIS and was delighted see so many friends there.

I am off to pursue more insights into two key themes in my talk: critical friendship; optimisation.


#UC-HRI’s ACTive Community Project


The University of Canberra’s Health Research Institute is launching an ACTive Community research project this Wednesday at 10am.

The study is funded by the Canberra CBR Innovation Development Fund.

Information about the study can be found here.

The ACTive Community website reports:

Researchers from the Health Research Institute at the University of Canberra and Data61 are studying how activity trackers and mobile devices can help identify lifestyle behavioural risk-factors for the prevention of chronic disease e.g. heart disease, type 2 diabetes, stroke.

Using individual data from activity trackers and wearable devices, we can aggregate this data into groups and sub-populations and examine how your work, home and neighbourhood environment can have impact on your health.

Findings from the project will be used to inform future city planning for Canberra so we can live in a city which encourages and enables physical activity for all.

You can register for the project here.

The study coordinators at the Health Research Institute, University of Canberra can be contacted by email at, or by phone on 02 6201 5359.

Photo Credit

25km Exactly (Lachlan Rogers, CC BY-SA 2.0)