Off to Merici

On Monday, 14 May, I have an opportunity to visit Merici College, Canberra at the invitation of Dr Kathryn White.

Kathryn is a science and engineering teacher and runs a series of visiting speakers for Merici students to share with them current Australian science research.

My topic will be performance analysis in sport. I am using only data from women’s sport for this presentation. Given the school’s connection with Australia rules football, I have designed some activities linked to AFLW data.

I am hoping that this can be a flipped, BYOD event. I have prepared a Google Slides presentation with links to the AFWL 2018 season data.

The Google Slides presentation.

There is a Speaker Deck version of the talk too.

 I hope to connect any students keen to develop their analysis skills with Jocelyn Mara at the University of Canberra.

Learning journeys and small stops

My email alerts this morning brought me links to discussions of learning journey plans and microlearning.

By coincidence, my physical journey to the University of Canberra campus today took me past the light rail building work on Northbourne Avenue, the first signs of a station stop under construction, and this poster:

The posts that took me on my metaphorical learning journey were:

Helen discusses tinkering, sense-making and creating in her post in the context of Harold Jarche’s seek, sense, share framework. She shares her personal learning plan template. Helen’s categories in this plan are:

  • Exploration
  • Reading
  • Contribution
  • Creation
  • Reflection
  • Action

Her template is available at this link.

Sharon’s post includes this visualisation of a learning journey:

Sharon will have a template to share that will require learners to plan for four phases (prepare, acquire knowledge and skill, build memory and transfer, use over time) and six steps of their journey:

  • Notice
  • Commit
  • Learn and practice
  • Repeat and elaborate
  • Reflect and explore
  • Sustain over the long term.

Shannon’s discussion of microlearning helped me think about how I might support the learning journey with small stops on the way. Shannon sought to counter seven myths about microlearning:

  • Microlearning is time-dependent
  • Microlearning is all about video
  • Microlearning is just chunking
  • Microlearning requires technology
  • Microlearning is one-size fits all
  • Microlearning is easy-peasy to create
  • Microlearning is a fad

Canberra’s light rail will have thirteen stops on the journey in phase 1 of the project. The Canberra Metro website shares this aspiration:

Light Rail in Canberra offers an exciting opportunity to transform Canberra and deliver a truly integrated transport system, which will provide more options in how Canberrans move around, which in turn will enrich lifestyles and enhance growth.

I wonder whether some of these ideas fit learning journeys too. I particularly like the idea of transformational journeys … with very flexible timetables.

Photo Credits

Frame 11 (N J Cull, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

Light rail coming poster 2018 (Spelio, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

Managerial change in the EPL 2017-18: standings at the end of week 37

I have updated my Flourish visualisation of the impact of managerial change in the EPL in 2017-2018 up to and including week 37.

The Flourish visualisation can be controlled by the viewer.

The graphic uses a very basic momentum scoring system: +1 win, 0 draw, -1 defeat. These outcomes are regardless of the league position of the opposing team.

There is a gap in the data for Week 31 of the season. These games will be completed this week. (Two teams are hidden in the graphic: Leicester has the same momentum points as Everton; West Brom’s recent form has elevated them to match Swansea.)

Five of the bottom six teams in the EPL are teams that underwent managerial change in the season. One of them, Stoke, has been relegated.

My video of the animation:

Mara Averick kindly created a gif and mp4 for me on my last attempt to share a Flourish animated visualisation.

This time, I used:

  • Gifox for a screen capture gif.
  • Ezigif to create an mp4 file of the gif
  • Zamar to convert the mp4 file into a .mov file for WordPress upload.

I returned to Ezigif  to compress the .mov file into a gif small enough to upload to WordPress (1Mb limit). (see Gif optimisation information.)

Photo Credit

Emirates Stadium (The West End, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)