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Garden and Grand Design Insights for Performance Environments

I have just watched the final episode of Monty Don's Italian Gardens. In this program he visited the Vennetto, Lucca, Como and Lake Maggiore. Throughout the program Monty discussed the transformation of Italian garden design and the impact of seedsmen on these designs. I thought his visit to Isola Bella was a great way to end the program and the series. The forty-year transformation of a rocky outcrop to an ornate garden prompted me to think about the time scale required for constructing a sustainable performance environment. On the same evening I watched the concluding part of Kevin McLeod's documentary on the development...

Edging to Open Learning in Open Spaces

Last week I had the opportunity to visit Ballarat to discuss Edgeless Challenges and Opportunities. I have been thinking a great deal about learning spaces and the function (rather than the form) of the university of late. In part these thoughts have been stimulated by the University of Canberra's development of teaching and learning commons. This week I have been overwhelmed by the number of connections I am finding in relation to open learning and sharing. Some of these connections include: George Siemens' post (10 December) about Connections, Clouds, Things & Analytics in which he observes that: many universities have an educational...

Home Ground, Home Advantage

I have been thinking about home a great deal lately.  In May I wrote about my hometown memories and the experience opened me up to other narratives about home. Three items (see Talking About Home below) have attracted my attention recently just at a time when I am talking with coaches about planning their competition programs. These coaches are involved in 'home' and 'away' fixtures and we have been discussing what home advantage might mean in performance terms. Sport There is a fascinating research literature about home advantage. In the last decade there has been discussion of: Association Football (2010, 2009,...