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BPS2011: Open Computer Exam

We held an Open Computer Exam at the University of Canberra today for the Business, Politics and Sport 2011 unit.

We emailed the exam paper below to the group at 11.30 am and I posted it here as an extra reference resource.

(Note that Question 7 is not a question! I am grateful to Stephen Downes for drawing this to my attention.)

The instructions were:

Welcome to this Open Computer Exam.

You will find TEN questions in this document and you have 40 minutes to answer them. Insert your answer after each question.

The focus of this exam is your ability to discover and share information. You have the Web available to you to answer these questions and you have on-line communication tools to support you. Use hyperlinks to indicate any sources you use. You might consider acknowledging any colleagues who have worked with you. Transparent collaboration is welcomed.

Exam guidelines can be found at,_politics_and_sport/Assignmemts

We hope you enjoy the experience!

  1. Your boss wants to learn about Stephen Hodge’s work. Your brief is to say who Stephen Hodge is and how your boss could contact him.  (You met Stephen in August
  2. You are preparing for an interview and have been told in advance that one of the questions you will be asked is about the ‘commodification’ of Australian sport.  Make four bullet points to help prepare for the question.  (A friend suggests you look at Wikipedia and check out this Google Scholar search if you have time.)
  3. In the same interview you will be asked about the articulation of sport and politics. Make four bullet points about your response (having checked out slides 10,11 and 12 in this presentation and contemplated an example from the Olympics in this presentation if you have time.)
  4. A friend calls you to ask you to compose a tweet (for Twitter). You have a maximum of 140 characters (including spaces between words) to promote orienteering in Australia (your friend knows you were at this talk). Your friend’s best shot at a tweet in 130 characters is: You do not know you are lost until you find yourself. Take up the orienteering challenge today, discover the real you #wayfinding.
  5. A colleague who is researching service-oriented businesses in Canberra has heard that you attended Alannah Magee’s talk in BPS2011. Can you provide your colleague with some information about the Sportsman’s Warehouse?
  6. Your old school hears that you have been following BPS2011 and wonders if you could give a talk about the role of sport in uniting communities. You say ‘yes’ and then think about what you will say! You decide to draft a short abstract (whatever you can write in 2 minutes) to help you clarify your thoughts. You include at least one hyperlink to add depth to the points you will make.
  7. An employer has heard about e-portfolios and wants to check with you about your on-line presence. You decide to tell the employer about Wikiversity and your page on it.
  8. Tony Naar came to talk with us in BPS2011. Who is he? What is his job? (A friend wondered if this link might help.)
  9. A friend has asked you to help with a sport photograph to illustrate an assignment.  Now that you are an expert in Creative Commons licensing you recommend a photograph from The Commons and you paste it here.
  10. You are at home for Christmas and your favourite aunty asks you ‘How did that exam go where you had to answer 10 questions in 40 minutes?’ Your answer (minus the expletives) …

Students emailed their answers at the end of the exam. I thought it was a wonderfully intense and exciting 40 minutes.

95 students in the room coped really well with the slow wifi and submitted their answers in a very timely manner. We had some computer issues but came through relatively unscathed.

Leigh and I think this was a remarkable group of students and the exam a great way to end the unit. Leigh has posted about his experience of the course on his blog.

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BPS2011: Practice Exam Questions

Three practice questions for this morning’s BPS2011 exam for anyone in the tutorials or online.

1. A friend asks you ‘Did the Independent Sport Panel produce the Crawford Report?’ (You find this link and offer an answer.) As a bonus you provide your friend with a link to the Australian Government’s response to the Crawford Report and share it here.

2. The Flickr image used as the banner for the BPS2011 course came from here. What license is allocated to the image?

3. An adventure company asks you if you know who the CEO of Australian Canoeing is. They ask if you can provide contact details for the CEO. (You were at this talk.)

I hope these questions give a feel for the kind of searching and sharing questions the exam will pose at 11.30 today.

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BPS2011: Towards the End

We are into the last two weeks of the Business, Politics and Sport (BPS2011) unit at the University of Canberra.

Leigh Blackall and I have been co-teaching this unit and have met 95 remarkable students on the course.

Essays are due in this week and these have been developed over the course with students using Wikiversity as their platform.

I am using this post to catch up with the last month of activity.

Tony Naar presented a fascinating account of the Australian Paralympic Movement a month ago. There is a post about Tony’s talk on the BPS2011 blog. His talk ended with this remarkable video of the 1960 Paralympians which embodied for me everything that is special about sport as a playful cultural form. It was one of those Field of Dreams moments for me.

A week later I presented some information about how sport might unite or divide communities. My Slidecast is here.

Last week we listened to Alannah Magee’s story of her journey into the sports business. Her exhortation for agile business practice based upon profound ethical values and service was a perfect synthesis of some of the key issues in BPS2011 around the commodification and politicisation of sport.

Alannah used some examples from her work at and with Sportsmans Warehouse. Information about the company and work with community can be found on the SW website developed by Osky Interactive.

This week in the unit I aim to provide an overview of the unit and end with a practice for our open book exam next week. This is the Slidecast I will use for the presentation:


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Swimming Exams at Newcastle Ocean Baths 1953

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BPS20011: Week 3

In week 3 of the Business, Politics and Sport unit at the University of Canberra I looked at the articulation of sport, politics and business in the context of the Crawford Report and the Government’s response (2010).

The Slidecast is 9 minutes long and summarises a 40 minute presentation.

I mention the Green and Gold program in Australia here is a link to some information about it.


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Chain Reactions: Week 2 BPS2011

Stephen Hodge is the guest speaker at today’s Business, Politics and Sport (BPS2011) meeting at the University of Canberra.

I think we are in for a great session. I liked Jamie Jowett’s observation about Stephen:

the more I spoke with him, and the more I read up about him, I am sure his biggest strength lies between his ears. Both as a racing Pro and since retirement, his career seems to have been marked by smart decisions, no shirking of hard work, a lack of ego, and the ability to get his teams to achieve real success in Grand Tours.

Jamie’s article on Stephen notes that he has been on the Board of Cycling Australia since 1999 and is a Vice President of that organisation.

He sits on the High Performance Management Committee of CA/Australian Sports Commission, and is the Government Relations Manager for the bicycling industry’s Cycling Promotion Fund. In 2010, he was on the organising committee of the 2010 UCI World Road Cycling Championships. He sits on the board of the Amy Gillett Foundation and patron of charitable causes like Ride to Cure and Men’s Link, as well as a member of the ACT Minister’s Sport & Recreation Advisory Council. Elsewhere, he runs a PR and Communications company Day & Hodge Associates, and works in event planning, management, marketing, sports administration and education.

Somehow he also found the time with some mates to establish, a group intent on preserving and sharing historic collections from the early years of the Tour de France. Securing rare photographic works owned by Sir Hubert Opperman, this is an amazing collection they have now made available to all cycling fans.

The BPS2011 unit at the University of Canberra explores the articulation of business, politics and sport in general and in specific contexts. Today Stephen is going to explore the productivity dividends from cycling as a way of exploring the articulation central to our study. In particular Stephen will look at cycling as a deliverer of population level physical activity, a transport mode and potential congestion reliever.

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Wielrenners beklimmen bewaakte overweg

Stephen in the Paris-Roubaix

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BPS2011: Week 1 Introduction

We have our first meeting of the BPS2011 unit at the University of Canberra this morning.

As part of the introduction to the themes of the course and the importance I attach to the articulation of business, politics and sport I have prepared a visual tour of the unit.

All the images have a Creative Commons license and most of them are sourced from Flickr’s archive. The presentation is available here BPS01 Introduction

This is a SlideShare with a commentary.

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