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Paul’s PhD

Paul Perkins has completed his response to three external examiners' comments on his PhD. The title of his thesis is Can a modified, low-risk form of boxing achieve significant communiity uptake? (Link) The final version of his thesis is availble on Issuu, a platform that "gives anyone with digitally bound content the ability to upload and distribute their publications worldwide" (link). Paul's Overview Boxing has long been surrounded by debate. It has been subject to criticism on medical, legal, ethical...

A Community-Focused Modified Boxing Program

Paul Perkins is involved in an exciting initiative. Paul and Allan Hahn have been successful in securing funding to introduce a Community-Focused Modified Boxing Program in twenty schools in Uttarakhand, India in 2017. The project aims to use an adapted form of boxing (ModBox) to: provide health and fitness outcomes develop life skills for participants raise awareness of environmental issues increase opportunities for female participation in sport ModBox has been designed to be a low-risk form of boxing. It takes place in encouraging and supportive environments led by sensitive, appreciative coaching and teaching. Emphasis is placed on athlete enjoyment and...

Open for Learning: Supporting Coach Education and Development

Introduction I was hoping to attend the Sport Leadership sportif Conference in Calgary in November. I was looking forward to presenting a paper with David Legg and Stephen Price. The title of the paper is Open for Learning: Supporting Coach Development Online. Our aim was to combine insights from Australia and Canada to discuss open access to coach education and development resources. I was very keen to link open learning opportunities with the insights and practices of Canadian connectivist thinkers and practitioners. I am disappointed that I am unable to go to Calgary. I have posted my part of the presentation as a SlideCast....

Week 5 at the Introduction to Box’Tag SOOC

Week 5 is the final week of the synchronous phase of the Introduction to Box'Tag Small Open Online Course (SOOC). As of this morning there are 131 participants in the course. There were 25 participants at the start of this cSOOC. It has been interesting to see the course flourish as the participants approach Dunbar's number, 150. Thanks to Adam Brimo and his colleagues, the course will be available online as an asynchronous resource for the Box'Tag community. This is the second SOOC in which I have participated. Both SOOCs have underscored for me the centrality of a community driver. In the...

Small Open Online Communities

I had an opportunity to present some ideas about a cSOOC at the #ucsaffire Festival. Shortly after presenting, I had a brief conversation with Danny Munnerley about the capital C in SOOC. Danny made the excellent point that C stands for Community rather than Course. I am going to act on this excellent suggestion and think about longer-term aspects of open online opportunities. A few days earlier, Susan Blum wrote: If our ultimate goal is to educate human beings, then we must focus not only on knowledge and information, discipline and surveillance as measured by tests, but also on non-academic pleasures, motivations,...

Day 1 #BoxTag SOOC

Today is the first day of the small open online course (SOOC), Introduction to Box'Tag. The course is the outcome of a long journey made by Allan Hahn and Paul Perkins. This is their welcome to the course. http://youtu.be/7iyTKt95SHs Adam Brimo from OpenLearning has made it possible for the course to be open and online.

Box’Tag SOOC

I have spent much of today working with Paul Perkins, Allan Hahn and Daniel Perkins. We have been finalising the content for a new Small Open Online Course (SOOC): An Introduction to Box'Tag. We are using the OpenLearning platform for the course. It is a five-week course. We have a sequence of content to present: Start Here (Week 1) Competition (Week 2) Training (Week 3) Planning (Week 4) Technical Training and Physical Preparation (Week 5) We spent the day in the University of Canberra's Teaching Commons. By the end of the day we had a substantial part of the content mapped out with week 1 fully uploaded. There is...