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Open for Learning


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A presentation prepared for the Sport Leaders' Conference, Calgary, Canada, 7-9 November 2013.

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Open for Learning

  1. 1. Open for Learning: Supporting Coach Development Online Keith Lyons, David Legg and Stephen Price
  2. 2. Balmorals Composing Songs (National Library of Scotland, no known copyright restrictions)
  3. 3. Introduction Canadian educators have been at the forefront of the development of open online courses. The appearance of the first Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) in 2008 provided remarkable opportunities for learners to connect and cooperate. This presentation reports the use of Canadian-inspired connectivist approaches to online learning in Australian and Canadian contexts.
  4. 4. The Connectivism Store (Alan Levine, CC BY-SA 2.0)
  5. 5. Australian Example: A Box’Tag SOOC An OpenLearning platform was used to connect Box’Tag coaches in a small open online course (SOOC) in February 2013. This presentation outlines the progress of the course from conceptualisation to postcourse evaluation. It discusses the potential of open learning approaches to connect coaches. It considers synchronous and asynchronous approaches to the provision of learning opportunities. The paper draws attention to the importance of community drivers and technology stewards in the flourishing of those engaged with the course. The paper also addresses how open learning opportunities will transform coaches’ personal learning environments and their continuing professional development.
  6. 6. OpenLearning Introduction to Box’Tag
  7. 7. Introduction to Box’Tag Course Outline
  8. 8. Box’Tag SOOC OpenLearning platform A small open online course (SOOC) in February 2013. Conceptualisation to post-course evaluation. Connecting coaches. Synchronous and asynchronous learning opportunities. Community drivers and technology stewards. Transforming coaches’ personal learning environments and their continuing professional development.