Category Archives: Learning

Interactive grass identification

Traditional grass identification keys will typically focus on choosing between two options to gradually filter down options. This helps to quite accurately determine the relevant grass species. Sometimes the features included at certain stages of the keys can be difficult to judge by an inexperienced but keen user who goes down a false path and then has to back track. This can be off putting for some. To help make the process easier to follow and introduce some additional criteria

Competence – what does it mean?

What does it mean to be competent, either as an employee or by carrying out a specific activity? Competence is ‘The ability to do something successfully or efficiently’, (Source: If you are carrying out any task, especially in the workplace, then it’s probably reasonable to expect that this is what the outcome should be; if an employee wasn’t performing to an appropriate standard (i.e. ‘competence’ within the context of that organisational expectations) then I would expect an employer would

Web 1.0, 2.0, ++

A bite sized take on Web numbering Early numbers, 1.0, 2.0 and 3.0, are generally fairly widely accepted, although anything higher is arguably more made-up and used for envisioning a concept, which may or may not deliver a tangible outcome. Some realistic and not so realistic outcomes…. Let’s start with Web 1.0, which was the original passive web which started it all off and allowed for the display and operation of hypertext links. The WWW was invented by Tim Berners

Turfcare industry – A learning community?

With so much happening in the world of politics, a bit of reflection on my own industry sub-sector in relation to what degree is it a learning community, or not. I’m looking at this through the context of a learning lens, based on the topology of Dron & Anderson (2014), briefly seeing how relevant, I think, are the constructs of ‘Collective’, ‘Group’, ‘Network’ and ‘Set’, and also how these relate to a ‘Community’, which is often a term used to describe

Sustainable turfgrass management model -further thoughts

I’ve been developing further the concept for a model which can be used as a learning aid for managers and providers (for example funding parties) of turfgrass surfaces. Effective turf management involves understanding many complex ecological interactions, this model aims to simplify these so they are more understandable and demonstrable. An additional anticipated benefit is that the model could be used to demonstrate to non-experts the impacts and consequences of various actions that can occur on a sports surface: particular questions to be