How might online distance learning contribute to coach development

Oakley, Ben and Twitchen, Alex (2018). How might online distance learning contribute to coach development. Applied Coaching Research Journal, 2 pp. 24–31.



The UK wide Future of Coaching Strategy (2016-2025) and the Coaching Plan for England (Sport England, 2016) identified the need to embrace technology and to foster an improvement culture which provides accessible digital learning to better support the development of coaches. This article reports data on 19,100 unique visitors to a free open access course targeted at active coaches over an eleven-month period in 2017/18. It examines their online behaviour and their responses to course surveys and other online feedback spaces. The research focuses on an analysis of: i) the demographic profile of those motivated to enrol on the course, ii) evidence of the topics and online functions that most engaged participants, and iii) how the participant’s learning experience contributed to their development. The evidence from this study indicates how carefully structured digital forms of learning can beneficially support the continuous development of coaches, when blended with a wider range of learning opportunities.

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