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Background In November this year I wrote about Paul Barach's work in developing team work in health care. I have been thinking about his insights since my encounter with his work. I have found this paper (Barach et al, 2008) subsequently and note from its conclusion that: Pediatric cardiac surgery is an ideal model to study the coordinated efforts of team members in a complex organizational structure. Adverse events occurred routinely during pediatric cardiac surgery and were mostly compensated. Case complexity was a significant predictor of major adverse events. The number of major adverse events per patient correlated with clinical outcomes. A more...

Blogging 2010: Celebrating and Recognising Reciprocal Altruism

I was fascinated to read about this year's nominations for the Edublog Awards. There are thirty-one nominations for the Individual Edublog Award. Always Learning An A-Z of ELT Cool Cat Teacher Dangerously Irrelevant dy/dan Educational Origami Free Technology for Teacher Kevin’s Meandering Mind iLearn Technology Integrating Technology in the Primary Classroom Jane’s eLearning Pick of the Day Kalinago English Kirsten Winkler Langwitches Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day Learning with ‘e’s Moving at the Speed of Creativity Never Ending Search Not So Distant Future Pair-a-Dimes for your Thoughts School Finance 101 Science Teacher SpeEdChange Speech-Language Pathology Sharing Spencer’s Scratchpad Teacher Reboot Camp The Innovative Educator The Principal’s Page Think Thank Thunk Weblogg-ed What Ed Said There are thirty-four nominations for the Best New Edublog Award. About A Teacher bcnpaul1′s...

Thinking About Words

Last Wednesday staff from Sport Studies at the University of Canberra met the poet Harry Laing at the Old Cheese Factory at Reidsdale to develop our writing skills as part of the Faculty of Health‘s 2010 Writing Week. I have been thinking about the workshop a good deal since then. On one of my journeys into the University of Canberra I caught a Book Show discussion of Paul Celan.The program note included the quote "There is nothing in the world for which a poet will give up writing, not even when he is a Jew and the language of...

Partnerships, Performance and Probability

Two Test Matches have been completed in the 2010-2011 Ashes Series. The Series is offering some excellent examples of the importance of batting partnerships as foundations for winning performance. I have been collecting information about batting partnerships from Cricinfo's excellent coverage of the matches. At present there is a very clear pattern of performance. Twenty-two of Australia's partnerships to date have produced less than thirty runs for each partnership. Five partnerships have produced no runs. Five of England's partnerships have produced more than a hundred runs each. Performance in the First Test in Brisbane has developed into a trend in the Second Test...

Writing Week Outputs

This year's Faculty of Health‘s 2010 Writing Week at the University of Canberra has produced a number of outputs. I have posted about two workshops held to support the week: Robert Brown's Writing for Publication: What Books Don’t Teach About Preparing Journal Articles and Theses (Part 1) and Part 2. Harry Laing's Creative Writing for Sport Studies Three colleagues have edited and submitted (eight) papers to journals this week, one colleague has completed two chapters for an international handbook, one colleague has delivered three reports, five colleagues have taken the opportunity to work on drafts of PhD chapters, one colleague has written...

Suzanne Bellamy’s Sixteenth Annual Open Studio

Suzanne Bellamy is holding her Sixteenth Annual Open Studio in Mongarlowe this weekend (27-29 November). Last year I wrote about her Fifteenth Open Studio. This year I visited her Open Studio on Saturday after a rush of visitors. As with last year I took some pictures with Suzanne’s permission. I find her work remarkable and thought that this year her work had great energy. This year the bush around Suzanne's house is lush and green. This seemed to add energy to the work and my experience of her Open Studio too. More information about Suzanne and her work can be found...

Writing Week 2010: Robert Brown Workshop 2

Robert Brown facilitated a writing workshop to launch the University of Canberra Faculty of Health’s 2010 writing week. (Information about the first part of the workshop can be found here.) In his handout material for the workshop, Robert asserts his copyright of his materials. I make explicit mention and acknowledgement of his copyright here. The second session of the day, after lunch, started with Robert's discussion of Paper Title. He suggested that: A title is the first opportunity to lose a reader. Make a title a sentence and include in it the main benefit reader. Avoid 'dead boring titles' (a table of contents) Robert...

Writing Week 2010: Robert Brown Workshop 1

Laurie Grealish has been a key driver for the planning and delivery of writing weeks at the University of Canberra particularly in the Faculty of Health. Today she introduced Robert Brown as the facilitator of a writing workshop to launch the Faculty of Health's 2010 writing week. Robert started his writing workshops on 14 March 1987. This is how QUT described Robert's workshop Writing for Publication: What Books Don't Teach About Preparing Journal Articles and Theses: This is a full day workshop given by a distinguished researcher and publisher of material, Dr Robert Brown. He is...

2010 National Coaching and Officiating Conference, Melbourne

The 2010 Conference organised by the Australian Sports Commission is being held in Melbourne at the Ethiad Stadium from 23-24 November. This is a link to news about the opening of the conference. This is a link to the Conference website. The aims of the conference are to: Initiate discussion and debate, and analyse issues affecting coaching and officiating development Discover new approaches that can positively influence coaching and officiating for community sport through to high performance sport Inspire initiatives that will grow coaching and officiating and promote good practice. This is a link to the conference program. Three keynote speakers at the conference are:...

Cloud Computing and Ubiquitous Support for Coaches

I am attending the Asian Conference of Computer Science in Sports (ACCSS) in Tokyo later this week.The conference is being held at the Japan Institute of Sports Sciences. I hope to blog live from the Conference to share the presentations and discussions. This is a link to the Conference wiki. This is the draft program. I have submitted a paper for the Proceedings. The abstract of my paper is: Cloud computing is transforming the ways in which sport coaches work with athletes and enrich their own professional development. Cloud computing enables “convenient, on-demand network access to a shared pool of configurable computing resources...