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Describing what we do

In conversations about people involved in data analysis, one of my colleagues in an institute of sport observed that "the biggest challenge is how we develop and mentor these people". I see this as a critical issue as sport expands its data science portfolios. It has encouraged me to think about the verbs we use to describe our work in data. When I first started in performance analysis in pre-digital days, we aspired to: ObserveRecordAnalyseModel Guillermo...

#UCSIA15 Connections, Nodes and Wormholes

Last week, Stephen Downes wrote about Becoming MOOC. The concluding paragraph of his post is: Learning in a MOOC and literacy in a MOOC become synonymous. We are not acquiring content or using language and literacy, we are becoming literate, becoming MOOC. Each bit of experience, each frustrated facing of a new chaos, changes you, shapes you. Participating in a MOOC is like walking through a forest, trying to see where animals have walked in the past, trying to determine whether that flash of orange is a tiger. There are no easy successes, and often no sense of flow. But you...

Bandwith Approach to Supporting Learning

Yesterday's talk by Royce Sadler at the University of Canberra has sent me off on a journey thinking about how learners flourish. I liked Royce's reference to texts from the last forty years. The trail for Royce's talk had started me reflecting on Peter Dowrick's work on feedforward and Ian Franks and Gary Miller’s (1991) paper Training Coaches to Observe and Remember. After Royce's talk I revisited a paper by Kristine Chambers and Joan Vickers (2006) on the Effects of Bandwidth Feedback and Questioning on the Performance of Competitive Swimmers. The paper reported: A coaching intervention involving Bandwidth Feedback and Questioning (BF-Q) on...

Feedforward

Introduction Over twenty years ago when I was researching my book Using Video in Sport (1988) I came across Peter Dowrick's work on self-modelling. I have been fascinated by his work ever since. Photo source: this photograph was taken by D Sharon Pruitt. It can be found at Flickr here and is included in this post under Creative Commons 2.0 licence. Background Back in 1980 Peter Dowrick wrote a paper with C Dove entitled 'The use of self-modeling to improve the swimming performance of spina bifida children'. You can download a copy of this paper from the Journal of Applied Behaviour Analysis here....