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.