07 December 2011

BPS2011 Web usage stats and feedback



University Student Satisfaction Survey (2009, 2010 and 2011)

More detail, and written feedback here:

06 December 2011

BPS2011 Marks

UPDATE: There was an error in the file that was uploaded to Moodle, meaning some people read a false mark. I think it only affected about 5 people. Also, a number have emailed me to ask on the mark for each on their assignments, the essay, presentation and exam. So I've made a new (and hopefully fixed file) that is now loaded into Moodle. Please check.

Ok.. I think the marks for BPS2011 participants are now available in Moodle's Gradebook. It was a hellish experience trying to get them in, let me tell you! Thanks to James Neill from Psychology for talking me through it.

The front cover of the journal. Preview the rest
Now, these are NOT the official marks and grades. They are what has been submitted to Student Progress, who will advise participants on their official mark and grade somewhere around 16 Dec.

If you see that you have not been given a mark, it is because we couldn't satisfactorily assess your work (because it wasn't properly submitted, or wasn't submitted at all, or we stuffed up). If that's you, we have registered you as a NOT COMPLETE (NC). On the books NC is a fail, but you have the option still available to submit or resubmit the assignments. Contact us if you'd like to take advantage of that, or if there has been some sort of mistake on our part.

What about the Journal of Sport and Exercise Studies?

We're compiling that now. At the moment, we have the best essays from BPS2011 in there, and the printed paperback version comes to 133 pages and costs US$11.71 I'm tweaking it still so don't go and buy one yet, you can preview it here though. I'll let you know when it's finished.

10 November 2011

BPS2011 is over, assessment begins

Over the past 13 weeks, we've all been doing a unit of study together, in a way that is slightly different to normal. Keith and my goal was to modify the pre-existing unit outline enough so we could run an open, flexible, invitational learning event, where we could curate a guest lecture series, put everything online (not so much on university systems, but on real-world web sites), to make attendance intrinsically motivated, and to set assignments that were challenging and that would make a valuable contribution to wider, open knowledge communities like Wikiversity and Archive.org. Thanks to everyone who stuck with us through it, had a laugh, gave the assignments a solid go, and for giving us feedback.
  • We used UC's Moodle in a very basic stripped back form, making it open access, and providing a link out to the unit website, with a forum set up if anyone needed it
  • We set up a unit website on Blogger, which fed through to a Facebook page, and used these to document progress in the unit
  • We used Wikiversity to prepare the unit content, and develop and submit the assignments
  • There were three assignments: an essay on Wikiversity, an online presentation, and an "open book" exam, where open book meant the use of personal computers and the internet in the exam.

BPS2011 sitting the exam
The exam was a blast to watch. The room had a buzz about it as all 95 people filled the room, plugged their computers in, connected to the wireless, set up their communication channels, and awaited further instructions. At the end, everyone seemed to agree it was an intense, exciting, and very challenging exam!

All of the essays are in, as well as the presentations, and all of the exam responses. Now begins the marking! All 95 people in BPS2011 have really risen to the challenge. We have some fascinating essays and videos published, from pole dancing to rock climbing, all with copyrights (hopefully) cleared, some with open standard format videos embedded, one in Arabic, and many that have been peer reviewed by other each other. The full list of works are here on the BPS2011 category on Wikiversity.

We have gained some really nice feedback so far from three people, and we're hoping for more when the assessment is out of the way. We plan to produce a PediaPress printed book from some of the best essays, in combination with work from Ben Rattray's group working together on Wikibooks, producing a book of factsheets about disease and exercise.

It has been a pleasure to see this model for collaborative learning work so well, and we can only hope to see it scale more with other staff taking up the principles and practices here. We all engaged in productive, real world knowledge communities, using contemporary information and communications technology, to produce openly accessible information from our work, that will benefit future BPS participants, and many many others with an interest in our topics.

Thanks everyone, we'll be in touch in a couple of weeks once the assessment is all done.

Exam questions

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. Usehyperlinks to indicate any sources you use. You might consider acknowledging any colleagues who have worked with you. Transparent collaboration is welcomed.
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 Augusthttp://bps.ucniss.net/2011/08/chain-reactions-cycling-in-australia.html)
  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 presentationand 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 Commonsand you paste it here.
  10. 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) …
On completion of this exam:
Please save as your file with your studentnumber.doc
Email your answer document to: Keith.Lyons@canberra.edu.au

02 November 2011

BPS2011 Re-View and feedback

This week's lecture, Keith will provide an overview of the unit and end with a practice for our open book exam next week. This is the Slidecast he will use for the presentation:


We've been getting some very helpful feedback on the unit, and thought it would be good to capture this on the BPS2011 Wiki discussion page. Now you all know how a MediaWiki works :) if you have comments, suggestions and general feedback to offer, please go to the BPS wiki, click the discussion tab, and type it up there. Don't forget to sign off with the four tildes, or anonymous is OK too.

27 October 2011

Value proposition for a sport service business

Last week we listened to Alannah Magee’s story of her journey into the sports business over the last 20 years. 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.

20 October 2011

Uniting or dividing

Keith gave his usual classy performance in another thought provoking lecture about the role of sport in uniting and dividing communities. A copy of his slides with abbreviated audio, can be found on Slideshare, embedded below:

13 October 2011

Tony Naar and the Australian Paralympic Committee

Our guest speaker today was Tony Naar, General Manager Knowledge Services at the Australian Paralympic Committee. Tony is responsible for a project to collect, manage and preserve the history of the Paralympic movement in Australia. UCNISS is working with Tony, as well as sport historian Murray Phillips (University of Queensland) to produce an online history, through Wikipedia, Wikimedia Commons, and Wikibooks. The History of the Paralympics Australia project (HoPAu) has a range of other elements to it, that seeks partnerships with organisations and individuals. In his talk, Tony takes us through the scope of the project, and the reasons for doing it.

12 October 2011

Reviewing other essays

Before tutorials today, I posted a message to the Wikiversity community, asking for volunteers to help me build a review template for BPS2011 essays. No later than after the first tutorial, User:Bilby came to our aid, and produced the Essay Review template.

How to use it?

When you feel ready solicit a pre assessment review of your essay, type this at the top of your essay's wiki page:

{{Essay review
| Title = 
| Author = 
| Wordcount = 
| Copyright = 
| Referencing = 
| Structure = 
| Overall rating = 
| Closing comments = 

And save.

Aligned in the top right will now be a box awaiting a reviewer to fill it in. Here it is as an example of it placed on my essay wiki, even though my essay is far from ready for review.

If you're a reviewer and wondering how to fill this box in, refer to the instructions on the template's wiki page: http://en.wikiversity.org/wiki/Template:Essay_review

If you come across an essay in the BPS2011 list that you would like to review, feel free to drop the template in on the essay yourself.

A big thanks to Bilby, wherever you are, for helping us out here at BPS2012.

29 September 2011

The use of sport as a political vehicle

Olympic flame at Berlin games 1936
We had a small turnout for Keith's lecture today, but those who did make it, weren't disappointed. As always, and freshly back from his first visit to Shanghai, Keith delivered a fascinating and intensely thought provoking talk, centred around China's bid to host the 2008 Olympic Games.

The Beijing Olympics 2008: A Case Study of the Relationships Between Business, Politics and Sport

His slides are on his blog (linked above), and I'll track down an audio file to go with it.

Thanks Keith.


In the tutorials this week, we mostly spent the time working on our assignments, checking each others work, and fixing any problems as they arose. Some people are advancing really well, which puts them at an advantage in as much as we are more familiar with their work come assessment, and they are getting tips and feedback as they go. This is the benefit of attending the tutorials. You can track people's progress with their assignments here.

Next week

No tutorials or lectures next week. Have a good break

22 September 2011

Individuals in sport: Adventure sport, gender identity and product marketing

We had to shuffle the lecture schedule a bit, bringing Leigh's talk on individual's and sport forward a couple of weeks.

Leigh is joining in on the BPS essay assignment, with his title being:
From politics to business: Adventure sport, gender identity and product marketing.

Today's lecture was an outline of his progress to date. Hopefully you will get some ideas for your own essay progression, and presentation style.

Here's the slides:

Here's the audio:

15 September 2011

Way Finding

Today, heard from a panel involved in Orienteering Australia, both at the national organisation perspective, and an adventure sport event organising business' perspective. On this panel are John Harding CEO of Orienteering Australia, Ben Rattray orienteering competitor and event organiser, and Dave Meyer former employee of Adventure Racing Outdoor Challenges (AROC).

The audio recording

Here's the audio recording of the panel discussion. 57minutes. 13 meg.

A video:

Here's a promo video for adventure racing and orienteering, based in event held in Canberra last year..

Some pictures:

Here's the search results of Flickr photos relating somehow to orienteering..

Some questions

Ben Rattray: You've recently returned from Europe where youre partner competed in orienteering events representing Australia. You also are a high performing orienteer, tell us about the sport both locally and internationally, and how our is you become involved with it?

John Harding: You both hold senior positions in OA, tell us about the purpose of OA, the political and business interests and activities if you can, and the roles you both play in those activities.

Dave Meyer: You used to work with AROC, a leading Australian business that organises orienteering and other adventure events. Tell us about what they do, how their business model kinda works, and what you think the future holds for work like theirs?

Panel: The Crawford Report, what impact has it had on the prospects of orienteering in Australia, and what guidance or direction do you take from it, if any?

Ben Rattray: As an active member of OA, an exercise researcher, and an orienteering athlete, what sorts of things do you do to progress the sport at large?

Open panel comment and questions from audience or to each other.

13 September 2011

A quick survey on how you're feeling with your assignments

As Keith explained in his recent audio message, if you're feeling any anxiety over your assignments, please contact either or both of us, and we'll do everything we can to assist you through them.

Last week we posted another quick survey, to get an idea on how people are feeling about their assignments. So far we've only had 11 responses, with 1 person freaking out a bit, 7 feeling unsure but handling it, 1 feeling confident, and 2 reckon it's the best assignment they've been given! Of course we like responses that think it's the best, and those in the middle will be fine, but if you're freaking out a bit, please get in touch with us. We're here to help.

If you haven't given a response to this quick survey, please do. It closes in 4 days.


Don't forget to bring your laptops this week!

12 September 2011

A Short Update

Over the weekend I was thinking about assignments and wiki pages.

I thought I would post a very short verbal summary after week 3 to support and encourage you.

It is an MP3 mini podcast (about two minutes).

08 September 2011

Open Water

At today's lecture, we heard from Greg Doyle, who flew down from Newcastle to speak to us about his experiences as a sporting organisation manager of Tennis NSW, Surf Life Saving Central Coast, Athletics NSW and now Australian Canoeing. Greg's talk was refreshingly frank and bang on what we need to be hearing in this unit - the practicalities of business and politics in sporting organisations, and like he said, "same horse, different jockey". Some good questions were asked at the end of the talk, and I'm sorry that the recording cut out half way through one of Greg's answers. It pays to be at the lectures in person sometimes.

Here's the audio recording

The tutorials

Both the Wednesday and Thursday tutorials focused on getting everyone's Wikiversity Userpages set up, and links through to everyone's essay page. If you were absent for both these tutorials, please ask someone to show you how to go about catching up. You need to create an account on Wikiversity, put a sentence or two about yourself on your user page, and create a link on your user page, to a sub page for your essay, by typing this:

[[/BPS2011 Essay/]]

When you save that page, there will be a red link reading "BPS2011 Essay", you need to click that and type the following on the page that loads:

==Body 1==
==Body 2==
==Body 3==

That last line is a category link, and it brings everyone's essay pages together on this page. Go check out what everyone else is doing, and make sure you have your outlines on your essay pages, ready by next week.

The Wikipedia Cheatsheet -
a handy reference for wiki writing
Here's the Wikipedia Cheatsheet we mentioned in the tutorials. It's a PDF, and might be helpful if you print it out and have it next to you as you edit your Wikiversity page. Editing on Wikiversity is just about exactly  the same as editing on Wikipedia, a very good skill to have - part of the reason we're getting you to do this.

A word on those outlines and the essay: you need to pick a sport or physical activity, and talk about how business and politics BOTH intersect around it, from a LOCAL to INTERNATIONAL level. Don't focus only on the business or only on the politics, and don't talk only about the international level, or only about the local. You need to cover it all. Your essay doesn't need to be an argument, in fact it's probably better for this topic that it wasn't. Be mostly observational, think as though you're explaining the situation today, to a foreigner or a new comer, who has never considered your topic before. Arguments are ok, but you might be making things harder than they need to be.

Next week's lecture

Next week we'll be hearing from a panel involved in Orienteering Australia, both the national organisation perspective, and an adventure sport event organising business' perspective. On this panel are Bill Jones, President of Orienteering Australia, John Harding CEO of Orienteering Australia, Ben Rattray orienteering athlete and event organiser, and Dave Meyer former employee of Adventure Racing Outdoor Challenges (AROC). Try and spend some time on their websites before the discussion next week.

Next week's tutorials

Next week's tutorials are when your outlines are due on your WIkiversity pages. We'll be checking they're all there, and discussing the content of them, and encouraging people with similar interests team up a bit. We'll also start discussing your presentation ideas.

03 September 2011

Greater than the sum of the parts?

At Thursday's lecture held on the 1st of September, Keith Lyons spoke about the Crawford Report in his talk, Greater than the sum of the parts? At that link you will find Keith's summary of his talk, as well as the audio visual version he has created for those who could not be there.

Next week's lecture

Next week, on the 8th of September, we have Greg Doyle, CEO of Australian Canoeing talking to us about canoeing's articulation with business and politics. There are no readings at this stage.

This week's tutorial

This week, Lynn Berry from the University of Canberra's Academic Skills Centre, visited the Wednesday tutorial sessions to advise on how to develop essay outlines, how to progress the essay, and a bit on how to start a Wikiversity Userpage. Lynn's handouts are available on her Wikiversity Userpage.

Next week's tutorial

Next week we will focus on developing a final draft of your essay outlines, and getting them up on your Wikiversity userpages. We know at least one person has done this already: User CHugginson with a very interesting topic, and a pretty engaging writing style being used to set up the essay. It will be interesting to watch that one develop. If you also have your outline up on your Userpage (of in a subpage to your Userpage) please leave a comment here with a link to it, or email Leigh and he will apply the BPS2011 tag to it so as to make sure we're all in the same place.

26 August 2011

Chain Reactions - cycling in Australia

This week's lecture

Stephen Hodge came to speak with us this week, about his work in cycling Australia, and its relationship with business and politics. Stephen talked about the politics of 'productivity', and looked at how cycling in its current context is increasing our population's physical activity (health prevention objective of productivity, healthier workforces etc), and becoming a transport mode and potential congestion reliever (productivity benefit). Stephen's work intersects with the business world, federal political lobbying and sport administration.

Here is the audio recording of Stephen's talk.

Readings to support Stephen's talk:
  1. About The Amy Gillet Foundation. Working to realise safe bicycling in Australia
  2. Cycling Promotion Fund. Industry Update - April 2011
  3. Cycling Promotion Fund. What We Do

Next week's lecture

At next Thursday's lecture, Keith Lyons will examine the significance of The Crawford Report for the Australian sport system. The aim of Keith's lecture is to highlight the dynamic interplay between business, politics and sport in Australia. The reading to support Keith's lecture is:

Justin Shaw, May 2011. The Future of Australian Sport. The Drum Opinion (ABC)

This week's tutorial

In the tutorials this week, we passed around people's draft outlines, and gave them feedbacks a group. Hopefully that feedback has assisted the writers, and they're a bit closer to progressing their essay assignments as a result. One this I noticed was that a few outlines seemed to lack at least one aspect needed in the essay. Please find a topic that will enable you to talk about how business and politics intersect around the local to international scale of a sport or physical activity. Some people have focused only on an international or national scale, and have not mentioned more local levels. Likewise, some people are only thinking about the politics, and not the business. You need to write an essay that covers all fronts.

Next week's tutorial

Those who did not bring a printed draft outline, or those who would like to have another go, please bring 3 printed copies to next week's tutorials. Those who are happy with their outlines next week, we will get you started on your Wikiversity user page.

Here's an old screen recording I made back in 2007, that basically explains the Wikiversity user page.

If you're happy with your draft essay outline, create a userpage on Wikiversity, and paste it in. You can keep editing it there, and add to it as you develop your essay.

Lynn Berry from the University of Canberra's Academic Skills Centre will be taking Wednesday tutorials next week. Lynn plans to help people set up their Wikiversity user pages, as well as think about and plan their essays. Please bring your laptops to tutorials next week.

Over the coming weeks, we will focus more and more on your Wikiversity user pages, progressing your essays there. We will also start thinking about your presentations soon too.

Thanks for coming this week, we hope you enjoyed the sessions and are starting to feel more confident with things to come. Please take the time to give us some feedback in the following survey:

How are you going?

18 August 2011

Presentation for orientation to the unit

We are meeting today (Thursday 18 August) at 11:30am in room 6B45 at the University of Canberra. This is our regular lecture time each week. See the schedule for details.

Here is Leigh's slide presentation that was used to explain the unit.

17 August 2011

Making a Start

Keith Lyons has written a blog post about the start of BPS2011 on his blog, Clyde Street.

15 August 2011

Week one - orientation to BPS2011

Orientation, by Udrekeli Mariam Kuprashvili
Welcome to the first week of BPS2011. Let's spend this week familiarising ourselves with the unit, as things may be a little different to what you're used to.

First things first, we are meeting only once this week, on the Thursday lecture time of 11:30am at the University of Canberra, room 6B45. It is important you make it to this meeting, as we'll step through the assignments in detail, and establish the tutorial groups.

There will be no tutorial sessions on Wednesday or Thursday - they will start next week. This should simplify things for everyone, you only have one time and place to remember for BPS2011 this week: Thursday, 11:30am, 6B45. For all other weeks, keep an eye on the Schedule.

By now, you may have noticed that this unit is set up differently to most other units. We are running things like a conference, where the lecture times are filled with guest lectures, panel discussions, and local expert presentations, and as emerging professionals around the topic of this conference, you are submitting papers and presentations to the conference journal. The conference (your unit) has a website: http://bps.ucniss.net and all the information you need channels through there. Keep an eye on this site for news, announcements and handy information.

There is a Moodle site that has been paired down considerably, pointing to the BPS conference site instead. The main purpose of the Moodle site is the forum, where we can discuss things and ask questions of one another.

If you're a Facebook user, and we expect 98% of you are, then there is a page set up for you. Why not like us there, so we know you're with us. Thanks to Leigh, Aidan, Josh and Diane for getting into that early.

Everything in this unit hinges on your assignments. The 'conference' schedule is designed to inspire ideas for your essay and presentation, and the Wednesday tutorials are set aside for progressing these assignments, with help on hand from your unit convener and other support personnel.

If you own or have access to a portable computer, with access to the Internet (UC Wifi), we will be encouraging you to bring it along to BPS2011 lectures and tutorials.

We're looking forward to seeing you this Thursday, 11:30am, in 6B45, where we'll explain things in much more detail, take questions and discuss assignment ideas. If you'd like to sink your teeth into some content right away, we highly recommend the reading for this week:

Joseph Esposito, Aug 2011. The New Face of Social Media. The Scholarly Kitchen (Society for Scholarly Publishing)

09 August 2011

Orienteering Australia panel confirmed (Wayfinding)

We've confirmed a panel discussion for Thursday 15 September lecture. Panellists include John Harding CEO of Orienteering Australia, Ben Rattray orienteering athlete and event organiser, and Dave Meyer former employee of Adventure Racing Outdoor Challenges (AROCSport). John, Ben and Dave will discuss Orienteering Australia, a small but national sport body, and how it operates post Crawford Report and in relation to supporting and sponsoring businesses like AROCSport. Please join us at the University of Canberra on Thursday the 15th September at 11:30am in building 6, level B, room 45

08 August 2011

About the image

Isn't it a beauty! It's of Carmen Monoxide facing Killer Bea at Toronto's Wrongbara for the rematch World Championship Title of the Pillow Fight League 2009. The photo is by Flickr user: Karen K Ho. I wonder what the politics and business intersections are around this sport?

05 August 2011

Setup almost complete

The unit website now has a short URL: http://bps.ucniss.net

We're now finalising the line up of lectures, guest talks, and panels, and that will be detailed in full on the website under Schedule. The schedule is in a Google Calendar, so you should be able to import it into your own calendar from there.

We're also putting the finishing touches on the Unit Outline, which is the official document that enrolled students use to understand what is required in the assignments, and how they will be assessed.

We'll then set up the Journal page, which is where the assignments eventually get posted.

The Moodle site (the website that University of Canberra students use the manage their full course program), has been stripped down to a bare minimum. We want to create an authentic experience for unit, based on the conference presentation and journal publishing professional experience. This website then, becomes the unit and conference website, and the assignments (an essay and a presentation) are for that conference, and are published in the journal for that conference.

03 August 2011

Why a wiki, why a blog, why Facebook, why face to face?

Well, partly because we can't sit still, but mostly to give you options. Essentially the info about this unit is the same on all of them, so you choose which space to be in: face to face, Facebook, blog or wiki, they're all a different flavour of vanilla blue. Oh, and if your wondering about Moodle, it's there too.

Earlier in the year, we found that 98% of the 1st year students use Facebook, and that too few of them use anything else! So we figured, well.. what's the probability that these people tend to check their Facebook before their unit website, and that most don't get past checking their Facebook ... so we've gone there, for your convenience and inescapable pressure.

We've set up a blog, that feeds the Facebook, with a wiki in the background, that as the source of all content. Central to it all though, is an outstanding schedule of lectures not to be missed, and essential tutorials to support the lectures, and help you progress your assignments. It'll all be online, but nothing compares to the face to face experience. There's no avoiding us, now get studying!!