My Project

Back in June 2008, I started writing this WordPress blog (link). I had written on other blogs before and had first dipped my toes with Geocities in the late 1990s.

In 2008, I was emboldened by CCK08 (link) to explore thoughts openly about learning in a digital world. I had not considered that what I wrote would be of interest to any other reader. It was framed by the delight of thinking out loud.

This delight in thinking out loud led me to explore many ways to share openly through emerging cloud resources. Many of these accounts remain and include wikis, talks, slides, documents and data. I was even naive enough to start Facebook pages for some of my units.

Another preoccupation of mine has been the linking of ideas about learning, coaching and performing enriched by my formative experiences of social sciences, teacher education, human movement studies, performance analysis and analytics. This has led me to think deeply about how ideas are formed in social contexts. Many of my posts are about how performance analysts and their collaborators emerged at particular times and particular places and constructed knowledge.

My blog at Clyde Street continues to be my platform for this sharing. I hope to add many more posts to the 1800 produced already. My new guide is the R community that is providing exciting ways to share openly and my old guide, the ever inspiring, Stephen Downes (link).

It has been fascinating how this project has emerged and changed.

Photo Credit

Blue sky thinking (Keith Lyons, CC BY 4.0)

Microcontent: mode share and cycling infrastructure

Maëlle Salmon has a GitHub account (link).

One of her repositories is titled cycle_share_infrastructure (link). Her page (link), Mode share and cycling infrastructure in some European countries, introduces her PASTA work. She provides excellent R code to assist anyone keen to explore this issue.

Maëlle’s work is cited in an announcement made in January 2018 (link) on active involvement in cycling. It includes reference to a paper in Preventive Medicine titled Health impact assessment of cycling network expansions in European cities (link).

The Abstract of the paper starts with these two sentences: “We conducted a health impact assessment (HIA) of cycling network expansions in seven European cities. We modeled the association between cycling network length and cycling mode share and estimated health impacts of the expansion of cycling networks.

Photo Credit

Cycle path (Barcelona Cycle Network, link)

Braidwood Parkrun 27

It was the 27th Parkrun at Braidwood Showground today (link). The picture of a dad, son, pushchair and dog epitomises the delight people have in running at Braidwood on Saturday mornings.

Some competitors had to clear the first ice covering off their cars to get to the Showground for the 8am start.

The 27th Parkrum was led by Paul and his highland terrier dog. Together they managed a time of 24 min 02s. The final participant arrived 30 minutes later. Eight parkrunners had achieved a personal best this morning. The youngest participant was 8 years old, the oldest 58.

Afterwards, a number of volunteers and participants adjourned to a local cafe to end an energising morning with a hot drink and conversation. They will all be back next week, wrapped up a little warmer pursuing the excitement of a personal best.

I have a record of all the Parkruns under 40 minutes in duration (385 runs) for 2018 (link). These are available to anyone interested as are all the results from Baidwood (link).

Photo Credit

Keith Lyons (CC BY 4.0)