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:

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