DOSB/dvs Dialog forum entitled "Sport Organization Meets Sport Sciences"

Competence-orientation in DOSB-License training – Application of digital media and blended-learning didactics
Thursday, September 14th 2017

The training of sports trainers, exercise trainers, youth leaders and club managers in sports federations under the umbrella of the DOSB, throughout Germany and across all fields of sport follows a uniform curriculum, the "DOSB framework of general guidelines for qualification (RRL)". These describe competency-oriented objectives of training for the C-license up to graduate trainers.

In recent years, therefore, the DOSB and its member associations have asked the question as to whether training providers, accompanied by the Friedrich-Alexander University of Erlangen-Nuremberg (FAU), can succeed in the DOSB license training in a form of "competency orientation". This question concerns all skills that are available to trainers and exercise trainers. These involve professional competency, personal and social communication skills, methodological and communication skills and strategic expertise.

In parallel, the DOSB - by means of the BMBF-funded project, "SALTO teaching and learning with digital media" - has refurbished the question of how digital media can support training in the teaching/learning processes for the DOSB license What we had not initially expected under the SALTO project was the realization that our increased work with digital media can lead to a response of content-related challenges in our teaching work, to the establishment of competency-based educational work and to "the shift from teaching to learning".

The possibilities provided by SALTO, with didactic models of blended learning for experimentation in sport, along with the subproject of the German Table Tennis Association (DTTB), has led to successful contributions in answering our pressing questions. How does one develop professional skills in the mediation of a particular sport in the learning trainers? How can I design a learning control so that it does justice to the claim of competency orientation?

In working with the "edubreak" learning platform tested by the DTTB ideas were seen to arise for answering these questions. Here, the use of video feedback has proven to be an ideal instrument, as it intensively stimulates the processes of self-reflection. This was tested in the course of the development of professional competency. In particular, in the field of mediating sport-specific techniques, good success could be achieved.

The characteristic features of the areas of activity in sport can be derived from a particularly high standard of personal skills (in particular, social skills) and methodological expertise. After all, trainers and exercise trainers implement the core function of sports clubs, they form the athletes. They must be seen as educators, who accompany and develop the internal personality of the athletes. In addition, they also act as one-man entertainers committed to the team'. This fact is also reflected in the DOSB guidelines.

Therein lie the formulated claims and aims at developing human resource skills, occasionally even higher than those of specialist competency (cf. Sygusch & Liebl, 2012). This is the reason why, in the current project on "Qualification for Inclusion" (funded by the Federal Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs), we are testing how blended learning didactics can be used, in addition to the development of professional skills, in particular also for the development of personal skills.

The aim of the dialog forum is to present the findings related to blended learning and competency orientation and to illuminate the "Qualification Therein lie the formulated claims and aims at developing human resource skills, occasionally even higher than those of specialist competency (cf. Sygusch & Liebl, 2012). This is the reason why, in the current project on "Qualification for Inclusion" (funded by the Federal Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs), we are testing how blended learning didactics can be used, in addition to the development of professional skills, in particular also for the development of personal skills.

The aim of the dialogue forum is to present the findings related to blended learning and competency orientation and to illuminate the "Qualification for Inclusion" opportunities for skill development within the project.

Contributors:

Prof. Dr. Kuno Hottenrott, President of the dvs
Prof. Dr. Gudrun Doll-Tepper, Vice president in Development and Olympic Education of the DOSB
Prof. Dr. Ralf Sygusch, Speaker in the Section for Sport Pedagogics of the dvs
Alexandra Kreutel, Project Director for "Qualification for Inclusion" of the DOSB
Dr. Frank Vohle, Ghostthinker GmbH

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