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A SOOC Presentation

I am unable to attend this year's IACSS Congress. I was keen to share some background information with Congress delegates about the Observing and Analysing Performance in Sport Small Open Online Course that ran last year. This is a SlideCast I hope to share with delegates.

Accredible: Sharing Learning Experiences

I received an alert from Adam Brimo yesterday about Accredible. On the Accredible Blog, the founders note: Here at Accredible, we’ve been working hard to improve the way that credentials and certificates are generated across MOOCs, university courses also as wider learning by using peer-review and reputational networks to determine and maintain quality. Accredible propose that "by re-imagining the idea of the certificate to be more than just a statement, we can create a living portfolio of evidence that shows you have certain knowledge or skills. You can also get a much ‘higher resolution’ image of who a student is, what they can do...

Ours is smaller than yours

I read Stephen Downes' commentary on a Chronicle post on MOOCs. In his post, Stephen observes: For me, what's revolutionary about MOOCs isn't size, it's openness - and openness isn't just about free content, it's about ownership over the process. And I don't see anyone who is bored (yet) of talking about open education. I agree with Stephen about ownership. My experience of the small open online course (SOOC) Observing and Analysing Performance in Sport was that the idea of openness is realised when participants own the opportunities to share and learn. Just as I was finishing Stephen's commentary I received an alert...

Open By Design

My involvement with the small open online course (SOOC) Observing and Analysing Performance in Sport has encouraged me to think a great deal about facilitating open access and supporting disparate learning expectations. I saw the SOOC as a modest approach to the educational issues raised by cMOOCs. There is a growing (daily) discussion of the structure of massive open online courses (MOOCs). Yesterday I linked to posts by Alan Levine and Ryan Stacey. Today I was interested to read Dave Cormier's post Why I think open courses should be about content creation. In the post Dave observes: There are many good reasons for creating...

Four Weeks at the SOOC

Earlier this morning I wrote my final Daily Wrap for the Observing and Analysing Performance in Sport small open online course (SOOC). What a wonderful month it has been at the SOOC. During November in Australia, Mark and Danny have been with me on the day shift in the Southern Hemisphere. In the Northern Hemisphere, Darrell and Adam have been the custodians of the SOOC. As I was compiling the Wrap I received a link to a new version of Burn Note. This application takes communication to a different level. What's a Burn Note? A Burn Note is an online message which can...

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 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...

#OAPS101 Participants

It is less than a week now to the start of the Observing and Analysing Performance in Sport SOOC (#OAPS101). As of this morning we have 134 participants enrolled. I am delighted that so many people are interested in this small open online course (SOOC). It is intended to be an exploration in open sharing and connecting. I like the idea that this course will be sustained by intrinsic motivation. We have tried to make participation as easy as possible. Although nominally the course will run through November, all the content for the course will be available when we go live on...

Writing a SOOC

It is a month until the Observing and Analysing Performance in Sport small open online course (SOOC) commences on the Open Learning platform. I am delighted that we have assembled a remarkable group of course administrators. Adam Brimo at Open Learning has made the process very easy. With friends in the United Kingdom we should be able to support the course for the whole month as a 24 hour forum. If not there should be just a very short change over period. I hope to spend much of the month facilitating the course, which, given its non-linear nature, should be an exciting...