SCP14: Coaching Coaches


I am meeting with some University of Canberra students on Friday.

Jim Fowlie has invited me to speak with the Sport Coaching Pedagogy group.

I am mindful that it is Friday and moving towards the end of the semester.

My theme is Coaching Coaches. I hope to discuss coaching as a vocation and the roles mentors might play in coaches’ flourising.

I thought I would try something new following the demise of audio casting on SlideShare.

I am going to use an Evernote Presentation.

This is the public link to the presentation.

This pop up box appears


Selecting ‘View Notebook’ takes you to the presentation.

This is my short audio trailer for the presentation (I decided not to use audio on the individual Evernote cards that make up the presentation).

Photo Credit

Coaches watching the fight (Michael Heiniger, CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)



SlideShare is discontinuing its Slidecast Audio Track service at the end of this month.

I think the Audio Track option has been a great feature of SlideShare and I am sorry to see it close.

I am curating some my Audio Tracks here. The Slidecasts (without audio) remain on my SlideShare account.

All of my presentations are open educational resources shared under Creative Commons licenses.


Coach Education and Development

Open for Learning (2013) Slidecast

You+ (+) (2012) Slidecast

The audio for this presentation exceeds the 8 Mb limit in WordPress. There is a copy here in my Dropbox public folder.

Reflecting on Coaching as a Vocation (2013) Slidecast

The Expert Pedagogue (2012) Slidecast


Long Term Athlete Development

Long Term Athlete Development (2013) Slidecast


Open Education

#UCSaffire (2013) Slidecast


Transforming the ways we share information (2013) Slidecast



Students as Produsers (2013) Slidecast


Produsing Historical Narratives (2013) Slidecast


Produsing resources for coaching and teaching (2013) Slidecast



Edges and Everyday Practice (2013) Slidecast

Sport and Technology (2012) Slidecast


University of Canberra Units

I used SlideShare as a repository for presentations made in three University of Canberra Sport Studies units:

  • Sport Coaching Pedagogy 2013
  • Sport Coaching Pedagogy 2012
  • Business, Politics and Sport 2011

The presentations remain in SlideShare but after 30 April there will be no audio with them.




The demise of slidecasting in SlideShare has encouraged me to think about the role audio plays in my presentations.

Most of my sharing is asynchronous so it seems very important to have an audio link with a viewer.

I have been using Prezi for some time. The availability of audio options for the whole of a Prezi (background music) or for specific steps in a presentation look promising.

I do like Stephen Downes’ use of audio recordings for his presentations. I think this presentation is a good example of how Stephen links visual presentations with audio. This was his 337 presentation.

I am starting to experiment with Evernote Presentations too.


Photo Credit

Opname van een hoorspeel (Nationaal Archief, no known copyright restrictions)



Narration and Narrative Form

8094090513_c2b1736d7e_o I received a Twitter alert overnight from Darrell Cobner (@CPAUWIC) Darrell and I have been exchanging ideas about performance analysis as story telling and story sharing. (I posted some thoughts about this last week in What Counts?) I was interested to learn that Darrell was sharing some Harold Jarche insights from What’s Working and What’s Not Working in Online Training. Harold points out that “Today, content capture and creation tools let people tell their own stories and weave these together to share in their networks. It’s called ‘narrating your work'”. He adds that:

The public narration of what we do, attempt and learn on a daily basis not only helps us help others, but also puts us in a position to get help from peers. When your co-workers know what you’re working on and what problems you run into, they can offer their experience.

I liked the way Harold explained the flow of sharing through stories and his encouragement of collaboration. I try to monitor opportunities for online collaboration and cooperation. Darrell and Harold set me off thinking about narration and narrative form (I revisited some of the fifty-four posts on Clyde Street with a narrative tag). Back in 1988 Donald Polkinghorne produced the delightful book Narrative Knowing and the Human Sciences. In his preface to the book he observes that “practitioners work with narrative knowledge. They are concerned with people’s stories…” In Chapter Two he notes that “Narrative is the fundamental scheme for linking individual human actions and events into interrelated aspects of an understandable composite.” I think we have remarkable opportunities to develop a digital “understandable composite”. Our sense of the aesthetic enables each of us to share a narration in a narrative form. I wondered if in response to Darrell, I might nominate seven tools to support the public sharing that Harold identifies as an important component of a community of practice.

I think each one of these tools has enormous potential for the narration discussed by Darrell and Harold. The choice is personal and enables each of us to have our narrative form.


As I was compiling the list I was think how our narration might be acknowledged by our communities of practice. In addition to the collaboration Harold identifies as important in these communities, I started to think about how a tool like Accredible might make this narration even more transparent by finding a way of peer valuing of experience.

Photo Credit

Henry Cabot Lodge speaking (Boston Public Library, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)