ePortfolios, Pedagogy and Personal Flourishing



Ontario’s Distance Education and Training Network has published a review of how Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) are influencing teaching and learning.

One of the impacts the paper identifies is the support for the development of learning portfolios. Stephen Downes’ review of the paper draws attention to this quote:

MOOCs showcase the developments which online learning and other innovations have been encouraging for some time: they are not so much initiating these developments as acting as an accelerant for them.

The Ontario paper appeared just as students in the Master in High Performance Sport at the University of Canberra were submitting their first round of ePortfolios for formative assessment in the Sport Informatics and Analytics unit.

ePortfolios and Personal Learning

The students submitting their ePortfolios at the University Canberra are following an OERu course in Sport Informatics and Analytics. This has evolved from an open online course, #UCSIA15, that ran for four weeks in 2015.

Information about the 2016 OERu course includes this page on ePortfolios as assessment. There is a background resource to support them as well.

The 2016 cohort of students in Canberra is guided by Jocelyn Mara. They are being encouraged to embrace the messiness of personal learning and explore how reflection might act as a catalyst for their own learning and understanding.

This messiness includes fallibility in constructing the ePortfolio. We have encouraged our students to choose a platform that suits them from a range of choices that includes the University’s instance of Mahara.

The Class of 2016

There are eight students in the 2016 course.

Cheyanne Girvan has chosen WordPress as a platform


Michael Sydney is using Wix


Nathan McConchie has decided upon Mahara’s Foliospaces.

Rob Palmer, Chris McPhail, Anthony Pierobon, and Adam Wright  are using Mahara.





Annie Gallacher has chosen one of my favourite platforms, Google Sites.


Learning is what we do to ourselves

I am delighted with the diversity of these ePortfolios. They are windows into the thought worlds of each student and offer opportunities to engage in conversations about learning with each other.

The students have a second formative assessment point in this course and at the end of the semester will present their ePortfolios for summative assessment. Jocelyn’s role as their guide, and meddler, is to nourish these explorations in a course that is designed as a non-linear, self-directed learning journey.

I am hopeful that their engagement with this approach will transform their experiences as learners. I do find the process of creating an ePortfolio disturbing in the best sense of the word … that is, an invitation to be an agent in one’s own learning.

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Bondi Icebergs (Winam, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

#UCSIA15: Microlearning opportunities

I am working with colleagues in Teaching and Learning at the University Canberra on an OERu version of the #UCSIA15 open online course.

It will be a free, open online unit that offers an opportunity to study a Masters level unit with the option of paying a fee for academic credit through assessment. There is no obligation to be assessed.

I do think this is a great approach to microlearning that can aggregate into formal credit as well as informing personal interest. I imagine self-directed learners will combine OERu study with working and family lives over a time scale that is appropriate for them. Learning ceases to be a constrained, chronological experiences in this personal learning environment.

As part of the process, I am building a Sport Informatics and Analytics page on WikiEducator.

This project gives me an opportunity to explore ways to build an open educational resource using Open Office. It is the first time I have chosen to look at the functionality of Open Office and open document formats.

One of the opportunities I have is to monitor developments in informatics and analytics in attempt to offer currency of information.

There is so much to track now. I am hopeful that as communities of practice share their work, the updating of information becomes part of the open education environment.

I have been working on a MindMeister map today as part of my approach to aggregating, curating and sharing. I think this is a good example of microlearning nodes.

I have some cycling resources to share and a small number of literature examples. I have chosen them as illustrations of informatics and analytics interdependence.

I am hopeful that this kind of approach might lead to reciprocal sharing.

This is my map:


This is the link to the MindMeister page. I thought cycling introductions to Robby, Ryan, Ben and FLO might lead to some excellent discoveries.

My literature node picks up an a paper from Tom that I missed, signals a new text, links to an Australian GIS conference and shares a German documentary that raises some profound issues about how we use data.

I am hopeful that this kind of approach can afford rich microlearning learning possibilities … without or with academic assessment.

In the unit I am developing, assessment will be through an e-portfolio. I am hopeful that this will make the experience enjoyable as well as reflecting on a personal learning journey.

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Glenfinnan Viaduct (mendhak, CC BY-SA 2.0)

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There are some great #UCSIA15 resources available at the moment.

Large-Scale Sports Analytics

I was hoping to attend a KDD Workshop in Sydney on 10 August but will have to participate remotely from Braidwood. The Workshop on Large-Scale Sports Analytics is part of KDD2015 and is being held at the Hilton Hotel, Sydney.

The workshop organisers are: Patrick Lucey; Yisong Yue; Jenna Wiens and Stuart Morgan.

There are 9 invited speakers and 12 papers presented as posters. There is a Workshop website.


Invited Speakers

Rajiv Maheswaran: Machines that Understand Sports

Thorsten Joachims and Shuo Chen: Modeling Intransitivity in Matchup and Comparison Data

David Martin: Sport Analytics in the NBA: Translating Awareness into Action

Chris Polley: A Perspective on Analytics

Darren O’Shaunessy and David Rath: Integration of Diverse Match Performance Data

John O’Brien and Mark Fichman: Investing In Three Point Shooting: A Strategic Portfolio Management Approach

Joachim Gudmundsson: Geometric algorithms for sports analysis

Felix Wei: Forecasting Adversarial Behavior in Sports Using Large Amounts of Spatiotemporal Tracking Data

Yisong Yue: Learning Spatial Models of Basketball Gameplay

Papers as Posters

Thomas Kautz, Benjamin Groh and Bjoern Eskofier: Sensor Fusion for Multi-Player Activity Recognition in Game Sports

Mahsa Salehi, Geoffrey Mackellar and CHristopher Leckie: Car Racing Driver Distraction Detection Using Brain EEG

Laszlo Gyramati and Xavbier Anguera: Automatic Extraction of the Passing Strategies of Soccer Teams

Dominik Schuldhaus, Constantin Zwick, Harald Korger, Eva Dorschky, Robert Kirk and Bjoern Eskofier: Inertial Sensor-Based Approach for Shot/Pass Classification During a Soccer Match

Peiman Barnaghi, Parsa Ghaffari and John Breslin: Text Analysis and Sentiment Polarity on FIFA World Cup 2014 Tweets

Jason Hunt, Nick Sanders and Stuart Morgan: Tracking player movement in wheelchair rugby: Towards spatial analysis

Daniel Link and Hendrik Weber: Using Individual Ball Possession as a Performance Indicator in Soccer

Sebastian Gerke and Karsten Muller: Identifying Soccer Players using Spatial Constellation Features [pdf

Behzad Bozorgtabar and Roland Goecke: Dominant Interaction Group Detection in Team Sports

Ramana Oruganti and Roland Goecke: Player Falling Detection in Soccer Matches Videos

Benjamin Groh, Thomas Kautz, Dominik Schuldhaus and Bjoern Eskofier: IMU-Based Trick Classification in Skateboarding

T. Fernando, Felix Wei, C. Fookres, S. Sridharan and Patrick Lucey: Discovering Methods of Scoring in Soccer Using Tracking Data

Data Science Central

Tim Matteson has compiled a great resource linked to Michael Walker’s (2013) visualisation:


Tim provides 24 Data Science, R, Python, Excel, and Machine Learning Cheat Sheets.

Tim’s list includes posts on:

Data visualisation with R

10 Machine Learning Algorithms and R Commands.

His list opens up a remarkable range of Data Science Central resources

Sports Analytics Conference

The 2015 Australian Sports Analytics Conference is being hosted by KPMG in the Banking Chamber, 147 Collins Street, Melbourne on 28 August.

There is a Conference website and a provisional program.

The program indicates that there will be two concurrent sessions. The provisional program lists a total of 19 sessions.

Socio-Technical Aspects of Pervasive Computing Research

One of the important strands of #UCSIA15 for me is the discussion of ethical issues. I received a link to Vic Callaghan and colleagues (2009) paper on intelligent buildings and pervasive computing research. They conclude their paper with this observation:

we have found ourselves dealing with questions that concern the ethics of specific aspects of Intelligent Buildings and smart environments together with its potential for being turned from a beneficial technology for both the individual and society into its opposite.(2009:17)

Misuse, Overuse and Misunderstanding

A second ethical issues paper that might be of interest is Dave Collins, Howie Carson and Andrew Cruickshank’s (2015) response to Shaun Williams and Andrew Manley’s (2014) paper on surveillance in rugby union. Dave, Howie and Andrew propose:

we encourage coaches and academics to think carefully about what technology is employed, how and why, and then the means by which these decisions are discussed with and, preferably, sold to players. Certainly, technology can significantly enhance coach decision-making and practice, while also helping players to optimise their focus, empowerment and independence in knowing how to achieve their personal and collective goals.

Gain Line Report #12

The July report from Gain Line on Trade Policy and Cohesion raises some fascinating issues about how we identify important issues in team performance. The report looks at performance characteristics within NFL and AFL.

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Wall plate, Cardiff (Keith Lyons, CC BY 4.0)