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#coachlearninginsport: Phoebus moments

Introduction I have been thinking about how coaches transform their own and others' learning environments. I thought it might be instructive to look at how Edward Elgar found Phoebus moments to stimulate his creativity. I wondered too if a mention of Rebecca Solnit might be of interest. At its heart, this is a lost and found post. Edward's Dark Place Edward composed a work for voices and orchestra in 1900 titled The Dream of Gerontius. The first performance of  was in the Birmingham Town Hall on 3 October 1900. One account of the evening notes: The performance was considered a complete catastrophe, although the work itself gained...

#UCSIA15 Opening Eyes a Little Wider?

#UCSIA15 is a free, open, online course that explores informatics and analytics in sport contexts. It starts on 23 February and will run for a month as a course. Thereafter the resources will remain available ... openly. One of the themes in the course is Audiences and Messages. My hope is that this theme will enable us to discuss how we craft stories and share them. Wolfgang Iser (1976) suggests that when we produce a story to share we should think carefully about how we construct the story and imagine the recipients of the story. He notes that any story has "a network...

Connecting 131009

I enjoyed an exchange yesterday about my Connection 131008 post with Irmeli Aro. Irmeli observed that "I've discovered the most heartfelt and productive collaboration through disconnected nomadism!" In my haste to respond, I wrote about my admiration for Irmeli's connectedness. In terms of the Dan Pontefract's matrix I was sharing, I thought Irmeli was a wonderful example of a collaborative learner. I was thinking about the personal learning network Irmeli has developed when I read in OLDaily today that Stephen Downes will be discussing self-directed learning. Stephen linked to Jeff Cobb's post about self-directed learning. In his post, Jeff proposes that "the...

Identity

I have been following up on the New York Times' Snow Fall story. It is the first time I have taken a good look at the online format of the paper. Whilst exploring some links I found John Tierney's post about Jordi Quoidbach, Daniel Gilbert and Timothy Wilson's recent paper in Science. In their abstract, they write: Young people, middle-aged people, and older people all believed they had changed a lot in the past but would change relatively little in the future. People, it seems, regard the present as a watershed moment at which they have finally become the person they...

Reading, Life Paths and Balance

Two UK posts caught my eye over the weekend. The Telegraph discussed the impact of reading on career path. Jemima Kiss discussed digital habits in The Observer. Reading The Telegraph post looked at data from the 1970 British Cohort study reported by Mark Taylor at the BSA's 60th Conference.These data suggest that: Of all the free-time activities teenagers do, such as playing computer games, cooking, playing sports, going to the cinema or theatre, visiting a museum, hanging out with their girlfriend or boyfriend, reading is the only activity that appears to help them secure a good job.  At the age of 16, in 1986, they...