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!!