Author Archives: ChrisG63

Dollar Spot

With a bit of time to kill over some annual leave I thought I’d carry out a review of dollar spot, focusing on the UK. A small patch disease which can spread to form larger irregular areas.  It is common on warm-season turfgrasses, especially Bermuda Grasses, and also occurs on cool-season turfgrasses. This used to be a fairly uncommon to rare disease in the UK, however, with the intensification of turf maintenance practices, improving standards, changing working practices (for example,

Sports Turf Maintenance Categories

With such a wide range of maintenance variables which can be practiced to achieve a desirable playing surface, it can seem an almost endless task in trying to categorise these variables in a way that captures the general outcomes and returns from inputs: The following is one approach: Baseline Maintenance, Core Maintenance, Augmented Maintenance, Supplementary Maintenance. Baseline Maintenance  This category is what is needed to maintain a playing surface that is no longer in use but which is likely to

Qualifications fit for the Information Age

With the pervasive nature of technology, in particular mobile tech along with always on internet and readily available search facilities, the learning process has been opened up to endless possibilities for knowledge acquisition. The need for learners to have the skills for ‘how to learn’, which essentially is the ability to effectively find and understand information returned from search queries, is now more important than having the ability to recall knowledge and understanding from (human) memory. The challenging question is

CPD: Reflection

I thought a refresher on blended learning would be a useful CPD exercise, so towards the end of May (the 20th) I enrolled on the free ‘Blended Learning Essentials:Getting Started‘ 20 hour course at Future Learn by the University of Leeds and UCL Institute of Education. This was completed today. The aim of doing this extended learning activity was to refresh my prior learning, learn something new  (which I certainly did), and to then apply any areas for improvement to

Continual development of skills

The need to continually develop your skills? Nothing stays the same forever. Society and the work place are exposed to change on a frequent and rapid basis. To be able to keep up with the cycle of almost constant change it is important to continuously develop your skills if you want to maintain up-to-date employability skills. (See also my article at Learning to maintain your Employability Skills) Active engagement in the learning process is needed, whether, it’s for work or