Monthly Archives: November 2015

Challenges facing Groundsmanship

A few thoughts on some issues that are challenging those involved in groundsmanship – in no particular order: Reducing local authority (as well as at private and volunteer clubs) budgets being made available to maintain amenity and sports surfaces. There is a minimum input required to maintain a surface to a suitable and safe standard, although wasting money and resources on ineffectively thought out and applied practices is not a helpful image when it occurs. Climate change – changing patterns of rainfall and intensity

Visualisations from twitter hashtags

H818 Activity 2.4: Visualisation This exercise was to gain some insight into the use of visualisations from data. I used Portwiture (http://www.portwiture.com/) and created two visualisations from two work Twittter hashtags: #the_iog and #iog_saltex On Saturday 10th October the visualisations appeared very random and nothing really resonated as being immediately relevant to the two hashtags, although they did with the words that were frequently used at the time with the hashtags, so I suppose it represented the words rather than

Critical reflection links

H818 emphasises the activity of critical reflection, so I better check out a few articles to reflect on its meaning “This critical reflection reusable learning object (RLO) seeks to give you more information on the process and practice of critical reflection.” (University of Nottingham)  http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/nmp/sonet/rlos/placs/critical_reflection/ 2. ‘Reflection as part of continuous professional development for public health professionals: a literature review” (Journal of Public Health) http://jpubhealth.oxfordjournals.org/content/early/2012/10/16/pubmed.fds083.full 3. ‘What is reflective learning?’ (Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development) http://www.cipd.co.uk/cpd/reflective-learning.aspx 4. ‘Learning to teach:

Formats for project development

H818 Activity 3.2: Examples of formats I’ve put a file in OpenStudio (as requested for this activity) which identifies examples of 3 different formats which I have found useful and directly relevant to the development idea of my project. The strong theme that is coming out is that the practical application of appropriate technology to encourage collaborative learning enhances the learner experience and provides opportunities to engage and motivate learners in lifelong learning, although there are many challenges in creating

Researching Openness

H818 Activity 2.2: Researching Openness Two aspects of openness to research: Clickolage Clickolage appears to be an interesting approach to collaborative and community learning through the use of social media to share learning experiences which then “become texts to be incorporated into future learning.” (Pearce,2012) What is most interesting to me is that social media is high profile and has a range of tools that are actively used within my industry and this could potentially be used as one way