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Performance Analytics and Pedagogy

Some recent posts have encouraged me to think about pedagogy for a new age of performance analytics in sport. It started with Mine Cetinkaya-Rundel's speakerdeck Let them eat cake (first)! (link). Slide 16: Slide 61 really pushed me to think about how we might share with a different kind of pedagogy: ... and brought back memories of Jo Ito's observation "education is what people do to you, learning is what you do to yourself". Next up was Karen Gold's Transforming the First Ten Minutes of Class (link). In her post, she notes: After attending Penny Kittle’s workshop on 180 Days: Two Teachers and the...

Losing and Finding

I read a story of loss this morning. It had a powerful impact on and in me. It was not about a medal table or a game, it was about a person. The story resonates powerfully with conversations I have been having with a group of coaches over the last four years. It is a story about absence, love and family. The storyteller is Mladen Jovanovic. Mladen was appointed a strength and conditioning coach at Port Adelaide Football Club for the 2016 season. He moved from Qatar to take up his appointment. I am immense admirer of his approach to life. This makes me particularly...

#UCSIA15 as a Journey

We are coming to the end of a four-week, online excursion in sport informatics and analytics in #UCSIA15. Wikipedia suggests an excursion is "a trip by a group of people, usually made for leisure, education, or physical purposes".  I like the idea that it "is often an adjunct to a longer journey ...". During the four weeks, 133 people chose to place a pin on our community map hosted by ZeeMaps. The map reminds me of my early attempts to learn about countries, their capital cities and their flags. My interest in the sociology of knowledge has led me to think about...

Basic Deep Learning?

It was one of those days today when my Paper.Li aggregator sent me off to the USA via Serbia and Adelaide ... and then on to Switzerland. A Darren Burgess tweet https://twitter.com/darrenburgess25/status/436236329777508352 led me to Mladen Jovanović's blog and to a December 2012 guest post by Carl Valle. In his introduction to performance monitoring, Carl asks 'Before we can start claiming to create proprietary metrics and innovative algorithms, are we doing a good job with the basics?' In his view of the basics, Carl observes: I would argue the real problem with data is not the data itself, it's who is filtering the information and retelling...