Distance learning in a sport-based youth development program: Reflection, mentoring, and community of practice

Frederick Ettl, Boston University, USA

Theme: Professional development and mentoring

Program ID: SYM-03

Presentation: October 2, 2013 3:30 pm - 4:45 pm

Room: Jasperwood


This presentation will focus on how a national sport-based youth development program has implemented distance-learning strategies to support their participant coaches in ongoing coach education training. The presenter will highlight the design and rationale behind this framework that provides formal learning pathways and educational opportunities to a national coaching corps serving under resourced communities (Barcelona & Young, 2010; Griffiths & Armour, 2012; Misener & Danylchuk, 2009; Wiersma & Sherman, 2005). Presenters will discuss how the program has developed the curricula of these educational opportunities to address best practices concerning coaching behaviors and dispositions. Additionally, they are designed to be responsive to the contextual needs, concerns, and curiosities of corps coaches (Cassidy, Potrac, & McKenzie, 2006; Cassidy & Rossi, 2006; Knowles, Borrie, & Telfer, 2005). In doing so, technology is emphasized as this portion of the symposium describes: 1. The use of online reflection logs to support reflective practice (Killeavy & Moloney, 2010), 2. How those reflections inform subsequent professional development delivered via monthly webinars, and 3. How Skype helped facilitate peer mentoring through a community of practice (Cassidy, Potrac, & McKenzie, 2006; Griffiths & Armour, 2012; Gilbert, Gallimore, & Trudel, 2009).

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