IASI 2011: Morning Session Day 3

The IASI 2011 Workshop concluded this morning in Leipzig. The final session started with a guided tour of the very impressive Institut für Angewandte Trainingswissenschaft (IAT). I was fascinated by the facilities at the Institute and was delighted we were able to see some of the backroom activities of a world famous institute.

After the tour the Workshop attendees met to discuss ways to develop IASI’s work. I acted as a facilitator for the discussion and with all delegates (Germany, China, Japan, Australia, Finland, United Kingdom, Qatar) contributed to a consensus statement about IASI in regard to:

  • The nature of IASI as an organisation
  • What IASI does
  • An action plan for the next two years

The consensus statement will be available for discussion once the Secretariat has had an opportunity to format the document (a one page A4 document). Hartmut Sandner closed the workshop with his thanks to attendees and his colleagues who had helped with the organisation of the Workshop.

The day ended with a visit to the Kanupark Markkleeberger:

Der Kanupark am Markkleeberger See ist die modernste künstliche Wildwasseranlage in Deutschland und eine von fünf Strecken dieser Art weltweit. Hier trainieren die deutsche Kanu-Slalom-Elite und Spitzensportler aus der ganzen Welt sowie Nachwuchstalente aus der Region. Die Wildwasseranlage ist nicht nur Trainings-, sondern auch Wettkampfstätte für die Slalom-Kanuten.

Photo Credit

Evening on the Leipzig Canal (Axel Bruning)

Insights for Coaches from Learning Design

I have just returned from Bradys Lake in Tasmania.

I was there for a canoe slalom race that was part of the selection process for the Australian canoe slalom team.

Every time I go to a sport event I think about the relationships that athletes and coaches build to develop performances. In Donald Schon tradition I reflect in action and on action. I believe that I bring an educational approach to my own coaching and relationships with athletes and hope that I try to improve my coaching continuously.

At present I have a voracious appetite to learn more about the technical aspects of canoe slalom. I have never paddled a kayak and so my coaching of the sport is based entirely upon my real-time observation and an unequivocal commitment to athlete flourishing. Sometimes I fail miserably in both regards but I do have a philosophy that guides me, helps me to get back on track and bounceback.

I was thinking about this philosophy this morning when I received a link from Stephen Downes to Abhijit Kadle’s post on Learning Design Philosophy. In the post Abhijit suggests that:

Learning design is not just a science, it is an art. When the team works and generates effective learning designs, they are a result of a deep rooted instructional design philosophy.

Abhijit adds that:

We (Upside Learning) like to look at instructional design in two clear veins, the first is the philosophy of learning design – the beliefs and faith in models that underly everything we do in design. The second is the methodology, the method and process based on these models that allow us to consistently generate good designs for all our clients and their unique situation. The philosophy is what we imbibe, methodology is what we practice.

Abhijit discusses the influence of three instructional design theoreticians in forming this philosophy: Benjamin Bloom, David Merrill, and Robert Mager. Upside draw upon:

I enjoyed the serendipity of receiving Stephen’s link to Abhijit’s post and the relevance of Stephen’s comment in a discussion of best and worst learning experiences that:

The best learning I’ve ever done has been on my own, working through a hard problem, by reading and then writing, either text, or software, or derivations. This is also the hardest learning I’ve done; most of the people I could talk to don’t understand it well enough to explain it, and attempting to work it through leads to more confusion than clarity.

I think there are some great insights here for coaches. I am intrigued by how coaches develop insights into performance and have a sense of long-term progression. I am particularly interested in guided discovery as the foundation of athlete development and realise that in my own coaching this involves an interplay between philosophy and method.

Without the philosophy there is no compass for learning. Abjihit’s post has reminded me that I need to be very clear about the theoretical guides for my work.

It is marvelous that this opportunity arose because of the efforts of a resident of Moncton, New Brunswick to share a daily news feed!

Photo Credit

Bradys Lake, Central Tasmania

Lifted Up

Using Video To Promote Canoe Slalom

The 2011 Australian Canoe Slalom Open has started at the Penrith Whitewater Stadium. Australian Canoeing work with Sportscene to provide a video service to the canoe slalom community in Australia and globally.

The Australian Open started on Thursday evening with the demonstration run.  For the first time in Australia the demonstration run was filmed the with a head camera. The video shows the:

  • Head cam footage
  • Course map with the position of the athlete,
  • Gate numbers

The video has a voice over which explains the course.

Sportscene posted a pre-Open video which had 1400 views within five hours. This video is available for download (25MB, 640×360, MP4). Sportscene has a Facebook page too that provides additional information.

Live results from the events can be found at the 2011 Australian Canoe Slalom Open website.

It is fascinating to see how a sport like canoe slalom with no television exposure can use social media to promote the sport. Australian Canoeing has a YouTube Channel that shares video openly. Canoe slalom was an early adopter of video technology and continues to do so.

2011 marks another milestone in the sport’s use of video.

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