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Coaches Association of Ontario (CAO)

When COVID-19 spurred the first lockdowns in Ontario in March 2020, in-person coach education came to a sudden stop and the CAO, like many organizations across the country started the journey of flipping business operations from in-person to online.

The immediate reaction and consensus from Learning Facilitators was "in-person face to face training is better". The CAO responded by initiating a study to gather evidence to explore this statement and Sherri Branscombe, Professor of Sport Management and Recreation and Leisure Services at Humber, led this project that surveyed CAO Coach Educators to evaluate delivery formats. The question was "Is there a difference in the participant experience and achievement of learning outcomes between delivery formats; Online, In Person and Home Study?". The conclusion? Check out the infographic for the results!

Sherri presented the findings of the study on behalf of the CAO to the Provincial Sport Organizations in Ontario. The results of the study have a strong impact on the future of coach education and bring a positive light to operating in an online world.

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Sherri Branscombe, Professor of Sport Management and Recreation and Leisure Services recently completed her Masters of Sport Science with Honours at the United States Sports Academy. Sherri conducted a study with the Coaches Association of Ontario (CAO) to evaluate the National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) Delivery Formats of Coach Education in Ontario.

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