Scottish Teams Pull Out of B&I Cup

Having struggled for many years in the competition, the SRU have this year decided they cannot enter any Scottish Clubs in the B&I Cup competition due to scheduling issues.

The first round of fixtures are due to take place either side of the Autumn Tests (which to me suggests that fewer pro players will be available to be released to the Club sides), and Colin says, “Given this, we simply could not support six B&I Cup games in the first half of the season as this would have a significant impact on the integrity of our own BT Premiership competition.”

Last season, first round of B&I Cup fell in mid October, though group fixtures were spread out over a number of months.

Not exactly sure where the integrity of the Premiership competition comment comes from, as fixtures for this have still to be released, so would think there is still some flexibility here.

SRU release

“Given this, we simply could not support six B&I Cup games in the first half of the season as this would have a significant impact on the integrity of our own BT Premiership competition. – See more at: http://www.noodls.com/viewNoodl/23496699/irish-rugby-football-union/20-teams-to-compete-in-201415-british–irish-cup#sthash.lT8p4FvK.dpuf
“Given this, we simply could not support six B&I Cup games in the first half of the season as this would have a significant impact on the integrity of our own BT Premiership competition. – See more at: http://www.noodls.com/viewNoodl/23496699/irish-rugby-football-union/20-teams-to-compete-in-201415-british–irish-cup#sthash.lT8p4FvK.dpuf
“Given this, we simply could not support six B&I Cup games in the first half of the season as this would have a significant impact on the integrity of our own BT Premiership competition. – See more at: http://www.noodls.com/viewNoodl/23496699/irish-rugby-football-union/20-teams-to-compete-in-201415-british–irish-cup#sthash.lT8p4FvK.dpuf

3G Cashback Money

The next phase of 3G cashback money has been announced, with a further 6 projects being allocated £300k each.

•Cumnock Juniors Community Enterprise at Townhead Park, Cumnock.
•South Ayrshire Council at Marr Playing Fields, Troon.
•Renfrewshire Council at Castlehead High School, Paisley.
•West Lothian Council at Linlithgow Leisure Centre.
•Craigie Community Sports Hub at Craigie High School, Dundee.
•Aberdeen Sports Village Ltd. at Aberdeen Sports Village.

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Junior World Cup – Group Stages

Well at the end of the Group stages, Scotland find themselves bottom of Group C, having played 3 and lost 3 – scoring 30 points and conceding 142.

Next match on Sunday is a semi final against Italy for the 9th place play-off.

The semi finals for the big prize sees England take on Ireland,  and South Africa take on New Zealnd (both of whom were in Group C).

Results

Does e-Learning Work

Piece from Pek Murray Goldberg, which reviews the findings of the Evaluation of Evidence-Based Practices in Online Learning, A Meta-Analysis and Review of Online Learning Studies report from the US Department of Education from 2010.

His conclusions include:

eLearning has been around long enough and studied long enough that we can safely conclude that it is effective for all kinds of knowledge acquisition.

This study makes it clear that the benefits of eLearning are not domain-specific.
eLearning works. It has strengths which create an opportunity to do better than we do now. It is not a replacement for face to face or hands-on training.

The real discussion is about how we apply the strengths and advantages that eLearning brings to an industry that is in desperate need of better (not more) training, more uniform training, and an elevated discussion on what we can do to achieve these.

Adaptive Learning

“For more than a decade, K-12 educators have been hearing about the potential of adaptive learning, an approach to instruction and remediation that uses technology and accumulated data to provide customized program adjustments based on an individual student’s level of demonstrated mastery.”

http://thejournal.com/Articles/2014/05/14/Adaptive-Learning-Are-We-There-Yet.aspx?Page=1

References to:

Learning to Adapt: Understanding the Adaptive Learning Supplier Landscape

Learning to Adapt: A Case for Accelerating Adaptive Learning in Higher Education

e-Learning Ecologies MOOC

MOOC from University of Illinois instructors.

This course explores ‘seven affordances’ of e-learning ecologies which open out genuine possibilities for what we call a ‘New Learning’ – transformative, twenty-first century learning:

  1. Ubiquitous Learning
  2. Active Knowledge Making
  3. Multimodal Meaning
  4. Recursive Feedback
  5. Collaborative Intelligence
  6. Metacognition
  7. Differentiated Learning

Starts on 30th June.