About the project

When practical alpine skills are developed, the sportsmen or women need quick feedback and concrete supervision. 

The project’s background

There are a number of challenges in the supervision of students in situations where practical skills are being developed. If the learning situation is, in addition, outdoors and conditions are at times difficult, it will be particularly challenging for the teacher/instructor to achieve dynamic interplay between observation, guidance and correction. The starting point for this project is basic training in ski slope technique on snowboard, alpine and telemark for sports students. This builds upon the assumption that technology can contribute to the development of good supervision in demanding practical situations. 

Modern technology provides increasingly good and simple options for video/audio recording, playback and sharing of different kinds of information and communication. Use of technology in an alpine context is not without precedent. However, with today’s technology and effective/seamless solutions in the form of wireless helmet cameras and portable tablets, a new platform for video recording during training has become available. The recordings can be used immediately as the basis for supervision, correction and instruction “right on the slope”.

The project’s aim:

The aim of the pilot project is threefold:

  1. to explore the use of tablets and helmet cameras as platforms for the observation and supervision of sports students under practical snowboard, alpine and telemark training.
  2. to investigate how digitised observation material works in relation to supervision and feedback in skills training.
  3. to develop methods and strategies which exploit digitised observation material in order to increase the opportunity for “reflection in action”, and accordingly the quality of the supervision.  


Stein Erik Skaar 
Project leader
Centre for Teaching and Learning
University of Agder

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