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3x3x3

The Faculty of Health at the University Canberra is holding a series of 3x3x3 talks this year.

The format is:

  • 3 presenters
  • 3 slides per presentation
  • 3 minutes per presentation

The presentation share research interests. One of the three presenters at the first of these sessions used Prezi as the medium to present his ideas.

I am presenting at the next meeting on 1 June and the Prezi presentation prompted me to look at a variety of presentation formats to prepare for the meeting.

I had a look at Wridea:

I thought I might use Creative Commons’ Flickr images to illustrate these ideas. (Pdf copy of slides.)

Performance

(Rounding the Turn, Ross Thomson)

Interdisciplinary Insights

(Crowded Bus Stop, Metro Library and Archive)

Story Telling

(Dharavi on Medium Format, Akshay Mahajan)

I had a look at Comic Master‘s functionality.

I have created a Zine 3x3x3 – Keith (after thinking about Instabooks via this post).

This is a Keynote presentation shared as a QuickTime video.

Fascinating what a 3 minute opportunity can prompt!

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IACSS News: Conferences, Workshops and Congress

Some news for those interested in Computer Science in Sport and the work of the International Association of Computer Science in Sport (IACSS).

The Asian Conference on Physical Education and Computer Science in Sports will be held in Hyderabad, India from 7th to 9th May 2010.

The Asian Conference on Computer Science in Sport will be held at the Japan Institute of Sports Science in Tokyo from 24-26 September 2010.  To date there are twenty-six submissions from seven countries . There is still time to submit an abstract to Chikara Miyaji. Abstracts should contain: title, names of authors, organization(s), and abstract text up to 300 words.

Preparations for IACSS 2011 are beginning. Professor Yu has been elected as chairman of the sub-association of Computer Science in Sport within the Association of Sport Science of China. Professor Zhang Hui is the secretary general.

An IACSS exchange symposium will be organised during the Fifteenth Annual Congress of the European College of Sport Science (ECSS) (23 – 26 June 2010) in Antalya, Turkey. In addition, IACSS and the Turkish Association of Computer Science in Sport (TACSS) will organise three congress workshops before the start of the formal ECSS 2010 program.

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Leave Your Notes Here

Clockwork

Lovely Ginza

Shanghai

Siralar


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Writing Week Update 1

On Day 5 of the Writing Week in the Faculty of Health at the University of Canberra I was fascinated to find a blog post entitled UK Study Links Technology and Writing Skills. The post notes the publication and findings of a report written by Christina Clark and George Dugdale (November, 2009) entitled Young people’s writing: Attitudes, behaviour and the role of technology.

The authors  note some of their key findings:

  • 75% of young people said that they write regularly. Technology-based formats were most frequently written. For example, 82% of young people wrote text messages at least once a month, 73% wrote instant messages (such as messages on AIM or MSN), and 63% wrote on a social networking site. Of non-technology based writing, 77% wrote notes or answers in class or for homework at least once a month followed by 52% writing notes to other people.
  • 56% of young people said they had a profile on a social networking site, such as Bebo or Facebook. 24% said that they have their own blog. While frequently vilified in the media as ‘dumbing down’ young people’s literacy, this research shows that technology offers different writing opportunities for young people, which is seen in a link between blogging and (self-reported) writing ability and enjoyment of writing.
  • Owning a mobile phone does not appear to alter young people’s enjoyment of writing, their writing behaviour or their attitudes towards writing.
  • Most young people said they used computers regularly and believed that computers are beneficial to their writing, agreeing that a computer makes it easier for them to correct mistakes (89%) and allows them to present ideas clearly (76%). Overall, nearly 60% of young people also believe that computers allow them to be more creative, concentrate more and encourage them to write more often.
  • Young people are ambivalent about their enjoyment of writing. 45% of young people surveyed said that they enjoy writing. However, enjoyment of writing is related to the type of writing being done. Young people enjoyed writing for family/friends more than they enjoyed writing for school, with over two-thirds of young people enjoying writing for family/friends and only half enjoying writing for schoolwork. Most young people agree that they enjoy writing more when they can choose the topic (79%).
  • Just under 9 in 10 young people see writing as an important skill to succeed in life, but this means that a sizeable minority (12%) do
    not consider it an important life skill.
  • When asked how good they think they are at writing, we found that there was an almost equal split between those who said that they are either very good or good (52%) and those who felt that they could be better or were not very good (45%). Young people who didn’t believe that they were good writers were more likely to emphasise the transcriptional aspects of writing. For example, the most common reason why young people think that they are not good writers is that they are not very good at writing neatly (23%), followed by them not enjoying writing very much (22%), not being very good at spelling (21%) or at checking their work (20%).
  • There were consistent gender differences throughout this survey. Boys lagged behind girls in more than just their writing skills. Boys did not enjoy writing as much as girls (38% vs. 52%), either for family/friends or for schoolwork. Boys were also more likely to rate themselves as ’not very good writers‘ than girls (48% vs. 42%) and to emphasise the lack of technical skills when explaining their self-perceived ability.
  • There were also consistent age differences in this survey, with a dip in enjoyment of writing, writing behaviour and attitudes towards writing at ages 11-14 .

Christine and George conclude that:

We believe it is paramount that the school curriculum reflects and utilises writing forms that young people enjoy and engage with, in order to demonstrate that writing is more than a compulsory task: it is an essential life skill.

Just after reading their  conclusion I received an email from two colleagues in Nursing Studies who have collaborated on a paper entitled Cultural tensions in the workplace: revealing implicit value assumptions about learning and teaching of undergraduate nursing students. The writer of the email observed that:

I have found writing week to be very frustrating at times, but then very rewarding when the words that you have just written ‘leap of the page with excitement’. The process of writing seems to be very cyclic going through the emotional whirlwind of yah and oh my god. However, in saying that I have learned an enormous amount and I am also very appreciative of my mentor.

I really like the idea of words leaping of the page with excitement and think that our experiences of writing this week should enable us to be sensitive to the biographical experiences that Christina Clark and George Dugdale have shared so clearly. I hope that the week has fostered a joy in writing that resonates with innovative approaches to writing exemplified in Everybody Writes initiatives.

One colleague, Leigh Blackall, has raised some fundamental issues about the ownership of writing.

  1. I propose that the University reviews its Intellectual Property policy so that Creative Commons Attribution be its default copyright for staff to consider using when publishing.
  2. This would provide staff with a consistent starting point with which to negotiate copyrights with publishers, and hopefully use it to retain their IP for other uses such as open access publishing.
  3. Should a publisher find this policy unacceptable, staff are able to enter into negotiations with the publisher toward restriction, with all rights reserved being the undesirable end point.
  4. I propose that the University become the first university in Australia to adopt this policy.

Leigh has written a blog post to explore these ideas.

On reading his thoughts I was reminded of Thucydides‘ observation that “the secret of happiness is freedom and the secret of freedom is courage”.

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In the Classroom

Letter Writing

Daddy’s Hands


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Can You End A Writing Week?

An intense five days of writing is coming to a close in the Faculty of Health at the University of Canberra. As I was composing the title of this post it struck me that Writing Weeks cannot end! I think we have shared a remarkable social dynamic this week that will have its own half-life.

Many years ago I was fascinated by Wolfgang Iser‘s ideas around The Implied Reader and the links to hermeneutics. I realise I must return to his other work The Act of Reading (1976). David Albertson’s essay (2000) helped me revisit Iser.

Searching for ideas this week took me back to Elliot Eisner too.

I think this week has been a great opportunity to share the experience of writing. Some colleagues have used the time to progress their part-time PhD studies. One of whom has noted “Writing week for me has been great – no meetings and interruptions makes a big difference”.

Whilst looking for some Creative Commons photographs of Canberra I returned to Sam Ilic’s Flickr photostream. This sunset photograph over Yerrabi Pond has a great title for our reading week development… Doubt Whom You Will But Never Yourself.

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Jumping for Joy

Balancing Act

Wolfgang Iser

Sunset


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Spotting

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I am attending the National Elite Sports Council (NESC)’s Forum in Canberra next week. In addition to the Forum web site there is a Ning site for the Forum. A link to the conference program can be found here.

I have the opportunity to present on Day Two of the Forum and I have been thinking for a while about what to say. After my first draft I started again and late this week had my thoughts focused by Charles Leadbeater’s work. I have posted the draft and the presentation on SlideShare.

This is the presentation I hope to use as the framework for my talk.

I am using more Creative Commons images from Flickr in my presentations. Just searching for the images is transforming how I think. I have been thinking about presentation style too and am fascinated about how I might mash the Night Air, Garrison Keillor’s Radio Program and the Bush Telegraph for this Forum.

I hope to blog during the Forum. I am mindful of a recent post by Graham Attwell in sharing ideas live. Graham observed:

I am all for openness, open education, open discussions, open knowledge and a culture of sharing. Yet as digital identities become ever more important, it is critical that we have the rights and the tools to manage that identity and that social network providers appreciate and support those rights and make it easy for individuals to understand how they can mange both privacy and openness. This is an issue which will not go away.

This is a news item about the Forum.


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Momentum in Team Sports

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Photograph by (Tres) descamarado (2006) (Flickr Creative Commons image)

A weekend of watching televised sport renewed my thinking about momentum in sport. I thought I might illustrate my post with some images from Flickr.

I think about momentum as a wave (perhaps from my reading of Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi) and have been contemplating for a long time now the role of probabilistic approaches to sports performance. I like the idea of a wave as it suggests tidal change.

The Wikipedia article on Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi notes that his concept of flow involves “being completely involved in an activity for its own sake. The ego falls away. Time flies. Every action, movement, and thought follows inevitably from the previous one, like playing jazz. Your whole being is involved, and you’re using your skills to the utmost.”

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Photograph by Mike Baird (2007) (Flickr Creative Commons image)

Some years ago (1990 in fact!) I was thinking of writing a paper entitled ‘Do coaches need a Gamelan rather than a Gameplan?’ I had seen a Gamelan in action at the Dartington College of Arts and what attracted me then was the characteristics in this description:

Varying forms of gamelan ensembles are distinguished by their collection of instruments and use of voice, tunings, repertoire, style, and cultural context. In general, no two gamelan ensembles are the same, and those that arose in prestigious courts are often considered to have their own style. Certain styles may also be shared by nearby ensembles, leading to a regional style.

So … whether it is jazz or gamelan music … it seems to me that athletes and coaches can have an active engagement in performance by being sensitive to rhythms. I think there are three types of rhythms in team games:

  • Negotiating
  • Driving
  • Chasing

I believe that in all three rhythms probabilistic behaviour can optimise the opportunity to drive a game and amplify that driving process. The enormous temptation when chasing, I believe, is that players seek possibilistic outcomes and abandon risk management. Clearly some teams do have a once in a lifetime experience but winning teams are able to counter most of these challenges by applying principles and probabilities. In most team games there is ample time to manage risk and probabilities so that the outcome is under your control independent of conditions and officiating.

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Photograph by Jim Frazier (2005) (Flickr Creative Commons image)

(Note: Jim Frazier’s Flickr Profile can be found at http://www.flickr.com/people/jimfrazier/ and the Surfing in Chicago picture can be found at http://www.flickr.com/photos/jimfrazier/79017858/)

I hope to return to this post to add some more about Martin Lames‘s idea of phases in games and Clive Ashworth‘s notions of figurations.