About

My name is Keith Lyons. I am a Professor of Sport Studies at the University of Canberra.

I think of myself as an educational technologist.

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Mapping #UCSIA15

09/21/2014

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I am starting to add more details to the mind map I am using for the development of #UCSIA15.

I have upgraded my MindMeister account from free to Pro to give me some extra functionality.

In the map, I have been thinking about 4Ps amongst other ideas:

People, Perspectives, Products and Processes.

I am hoping these themes will help guide crowd sourcing ideas for the open course.

This is a link to the map.

Photo Credit

The Map That Came to Life (Anne, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

Pete the Sheep Days

09/17/2014

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Our four year old granddaughter, Ivy, had her first school trip today.

Her pre-school group made the adventurous journey from Braidwood to Queanbeyan by bus and train to see a performance of Pete the Sheep. They came home by bus.

Ivy was up at 5am ready to go to the bus … just four hours away.

Her excitement, our excitement, made me think about everyone’s Pete the Sheep experience of learning.

I am wondering how we create learning environments so exciting that Pete the Sheep is an every day experience for all learners  … perhaps without a 4am start, but certainly a-want-to-need-to-be-there-kind-of-day.

I do think stories are at the heart of these environments. Music too … if Pete is involved.

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Photo Credits

Pete the Sheep

Call out the health and safety man (theirhistory, CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)

Meeting Stephen

09/16/2014

Stephen Hough

I have not made a lot of car journeys recently.

As a result I have missed listening to Classic FM.

I was on the road this morning and was delighted to hear Christopher Lawrence chat with the pianist Stephen Hough.

The chat followed a recital of Bach’s Toccata and Fugue in D minor. This was transcribed for piano by Alfred Cortot. Stephen Hough made 80 changes to this transcription, some of which corrected errors in Cortot’s version when compared to the original Bach fugue.

Listening to the conversation encouraged me to think again about the narratives we develop about performance in sport … and how we notate performance.

I was interest too to learn that Stephen blogs regularly for The Telegraph. He tweets too.

Two of Stephen’s recent blog posts caught my attention:

Fear or ecstasy? Overcoming performance anxiety (21 August)

What does the most talented piano student need most? (21 July)

There is some biographical information about Stephen here. He was a MacArthur Fellow in 2001.

This fellowship “is not a reward for past accomplishment, but rather an investment in a person’s originality, insight, and potential.”

 

Photo Credit

Stephen Hough (Frame Grab)

R U OK?

09/08/2014

It is R U OK? Day in Australia on 11 September.

RU?

… the official day for making explicit the everyday care we have for each other.

I started writing about the day and R U OK? in 2010.

Gavin Larkin commented on that post and wrote about his Dad, Barry.

Gavin founded R U OK? in 2009 in memory of Barry.

Gavin

I have thought a great deal about Gavin and his work. Connecting through conversation each and every day can have profound consequences.

In the video from which I have taken a frame grab above, Gavin talks eloquently about the importance of conversation.

Much of my desire to work with athletes and coaches has arisen from the death of my brother, John, in 1982. John was 26 when he died. Last year, I was able to provide a picture for his Wikipedia entry, 31 years on.

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I will be thinking about Gav on 11 September and his wonderful idea to connect our concern for each other’s well-being. I will be thinking too about all the conversations I can have with a very simple but profound question … each day.

If you would like more information about R U OK? there is an excellent website.

There will be more information at #ruokday too.

Early Season Performance in Three Rugby Tournaments 2014-2015 Season

09/08/2014

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Two rugby union tournaments started in England last weekend. The Top Orange tournament in France has completed four weeks.

The Aviva Premiership followed last season’s rankings in all games played on the first day of the season:

Aviva 1 2014

The start of the Greene King Championship was much more volatile:

GK1 2014

Only Leeds and the Pirates played to their 2013-2014 rankings.

In France in week 4, Lyon (over Oyannax) and Brive (over Toulouse) played above their 2013-2014 ranking:

Top 14 4 2014

Legend

Legend

Photo Credit

Simmo v Cipriani (Peter Dean, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

The Art of Making and Missing the 2014 NRL Finals

09/08/2014

The 2014 regular NRL season concluded with Round 26 last weekend.

As with my AFL post, I have abstracted teams’ pathways to and from the 2014 Finals.

I used a very simple rule to construct the images: 1 point for a win, -1 for a loss.

This is a momentum image for all 16 teams in the competition:

NRL14 Map

The legend is:

NRL End

The 8 teams that made the Finals:

NRL 8 2014

The teams that missed out:

NRL Bottom 8

The diverging gap between the top and the bottom of the 2014 NRL ladder:

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AFL 2014: Overcoming an End of Third Quarter Deficit

09/06/2014

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North Melbourne overcame an end of third quarter deficit of 9 points to defeat Essendon in the 2014 play offs.

During the regular season there were six occasions when teams overcame a larger deficit. Carlton overcame a 14 point deficit at the end of their third quarter in Round 6 against West Coast.

There were 28 games in which a team overcame an end of third quarter deficit to win in the 2014 season. Carlton overturned an end of third quarter deficit of 7 points to draw with Essendon in Round 23.

Deficit

Photo Credit

Adelaide v North Melbourne (Adriano Rotolo, CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)

AFL 2014: Qualifying Final 2 Sydney v Fremantle

09/06/2014

Sydney plays Fremantle today in the second preliminary final of the 2014 AFL season.

The spectroscope of Sydney’s season is:

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For Fremantle:

F14

The teams met once this year in Round 5 in Sydney.

The scoring pattern by quarter was:

SF14

The data suggest a Sydney win notwithstanding the team’s defeat by Richmond in last week’s final game of the regular season.

Postscript

Sydney won this game 93 v 69.

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AFL Finals 2014 Spectroscope

09/05/2014

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I have been thinking about visualising sport performance.

Earlier this week I came across a post by Jonathan Powles about Nova Centauri 2013. He noted that:

A few of us have rudimentary spectroscopes – devices that can spread the white light of the star into its constituent spectrum. It’s a simple filter which screws into the front of the camera.  With this one can measure the intensity of each wavelength of light, from deep violet into the red and infra-red.  You can see this at the bottom of the photo below:

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This graph plots the intensity of each wavelength of light. Jonathan notes that “The red line in the graph shows the nova’s spectrum when it was at its brightest, on 6 December.  The red line is the spectrum a day later.  An awful lot has changed; as you’d expect given that the star is in the process of exploding”.

I thought I would adapt this to the limited colour spectrum I use for performance against (previous season) ranking.

  • Green – a win by a higher ranked team over a lower ranked team
  • Blue – a loss by a lower ranked team to a higher ranked team
  • Gold – a win by a lower ranked team against a higher ranked team
  • Red – a defeat of a higher ranked team by a lower ranked team

Hawthorn were the minor premiers in the 2013 AFL season. This means they can have no gold or blue in their spectrum for 2014.

This is my first attempt at a spectroscope of Hawthorn’s 2014 season:

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Their opponent in the first preliminary final is Geelong. Their ranking in 2013 means they can have all four colours in their spectrum.

Their 2014 season is:

Geelong DNA 2014

I do like the spectroscope possibilities of visualising performance. Jonathan used software for his real-time astronomical spectroscopy (RSpec).

The RSpec website notes:

In the past, only professionals had the skill and equipment to study spectra. Recently, the cost and complexity of the necessary hardware and software has dropped enormously. Today, you can easily study the spectra of stars and planets with a minimum of expense. If you have a telescope and a CCD camera (even a webcam or DSLR), then all you need is an inexpensive Star Analyser grating and the RSpec software. It’s an exciting pursuit.

I think this applies to sport too … particularly the ‘exciting pursuit’ part. It is an invitation to see things differently.

Photo Credits

Frame grab (Jonathan Powles)

Image from page 761 (Internet Book Archive Image, no known copyright restrictions)

AFL 2014 Qualifying Final 1: Geelong v Hawthorn

09/05/2014

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Geelong and Hawthorn meet this evening in the first qualifying final of the 2014 AFL season.

The teams have met twice during the regular season.

Game 1

Scores By Quarter (Geelong won 106 v 87)

Game 1

Game 2

Scores By Quarter (Hawthorn won 94 v 71)

Game 2

The comparative rhythm of points scoring for both teams during the whole season has been:

HvG Season

The performances of both teams against the season’s average winning score of 104 points and the average losing score of 69 points have been:

Geelong

Geelong 2014

Hawthorn

Hawthorn 2014

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This a great game to start the AFL Finals. Data over the whole season suggest to me a Hawthorn win. I am mindful that both teams are great rivals with a history of very competitive games.

Photo Credits

Hawthorn v Geelong at the G (Mal Booth, CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)

312246866.jpg (Craig Sillitoe, CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)

Postscript

Hawthorn did win (104 v 68).

Scores By Quarter

HG PF 14

 

 

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