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Three Weeks at the SOOC

We have completed three weeks in the small open online course (SOOC), Observing and Analysing Performance in Sport. It has been a relatively quiet week for online exchanges. It has given me time to reflect on the format of the SOOC and explore ideas with my fellow facilitators. I have written daily wraps for the course. We have 477 enrollments for the course. I am hopeful that the asynchronous, non-linear format of the SOOC enables enrollments at any time. I feel that there is nothing to miss and everything to gain through enrollment. The quiet week has led me to think about peripheral...

#OAPS101: A Sense of Balance

We are into Day 19 of the small open online course (SOOC) Observing and Analysing Performance. Although we are having new enrollments each day, the volume of exchange on the OpenLearning platform has lessened. I do hope that there is peripheral participation going on and that we are exemplifying how a self-organising learning community operates. The course has given me an unprecedented opportunity to reflect on my practice and my aspirations for education as enlightenment. After writing the Daily Wrap this morning, I followed a Twitter link to the Ernst and Young Report on the University of the Future. Page...

#OAPS101: Two Weeks at the SOOC

We are about to start week three of the small open online course (SOOC) Observing and Analysing Performance. We started with 279 enrollments on the eve of the course and at the end of Day 14 we had 420 enrolled. I have been writing daily wraps for the course. They can be found here. I have found it remarkable that for each day's wrap, by the time I had completed writing we had new enrollments. My aim has been to provide a summary of activity during the day for very busy performance analysts. I have started to add some additional discussion points...

Composition and Coaching

On my drive home last night, I had an opportunity to listen to a Radio National Big Ideas program Composition, Modernism and Philosophy. In it Martin Bresnick talked about his work with Nikolas Kompridis. Martin is a Professor in the Practice of Composition at the Yale School of Music. His teachers have included Gy├Ârgy Ligeti, John Chowning, and Gottfried von Einem. I thought it was a fascinating conversation. Martin talked about his development as a composer and a teacher of composition. The podcast of the program can be found here. I think anyone interested in teaching, learning and coaching can draw important...

#OAPS101: A Day in the Life of a Performance Analyst

The Observing and Analysing Performance in Sport course has encouraged me to think about networks and communities of practice. These issues came into focus today with news of the Digital Futures conference held in Citigate in Sydney earlier this week (shared with me by Alan Arnold). Merilyn Childs was one of the speakers at the conference. Her talk was titled Not business as usual: MOOCs, Badges, OERs & global personal learning activism. Merilyn has a copy of her presentation on SlideShare. My conversation with Alan about the conference was one of the prompts I received during the day about performance analysis...

#OAPS101: Enhancing Performance

Introduction (Vocaroo Summary of this post) I have really enjoyed Week 1 of the small open online course Observing and Analysing Performance in Sport. There have been some fascinating exchanges particularly about Seeing and Observing and Decision Making. The numbers of participants enrolled in the course has increased this week. Shortly before the course started we had 155 and now it is 374. This means it is still a small open online course. I have discussed the approach taken in the course in a number of Clyde Street posts and in this Day 1 post on OpenLearning. I have been keen to offer Open...

Week 1 at #OAPS101

We have had a delightfully busy week in the small open online course, Observing and Analysing Performance in Sport (#OAPS101). At present we have 356 participants enrolled in the course. This first week has given me an opportunity to explore the functionality of the OpenLearning platform. You can find some of the week's announcements here. We have some Open Badges on offer and there is an interesting discussion developing about the merit of these badges. Given the global nature of this course we have had four people on call each day. Mark Upton and myself in Australia. Darrell Cobner and Adam Cullinane in Cardiff. I...

#OAPS101 Goes Live 5 November: Starting Out

I am posting this blog post on OpenLearning today to welcome participants in the #OAPS101 course, Observing and Analysing Performance. The course goes live later this morning. I think we have a remarkable month ahead of us. Starting Out Introduction Today is the first day of our small open online course, Observing and Analysing Performance in Sport. Welcome. Thank you for enrolling on the course and being part of an open approach to sharing ideas and practices. This is going to be a wonderful learning journey for me and I hope for you too. I have been writing about the ideas that underpin the SOOC in my Clyde...

An Open Invitation to the #OAPS101 Online Course

We are a week away from the start of a free, small, open online course, Observing and Analysing Performance in Sport. The course is an introduction to observing and analysing performance in sport and is being hosted by OpenLearning. We have a team of twelve authors working on content for five topics in this course. You can find out more about the course here. Collectively the authors of the course recognise that we have an opportunity to explore some engaging content and learn more about connecting with colleagues interested in the observation and analysis of sport. I have been keeping a scrapbook of...