I only wrote three blog posts on this blog in 2018 and not much elsewhere. Last year was a good year but also stressful in many aspects of work and life. I keep telling my students to learn to say “no” to requests and I thought that I had learned that years ago. I still need to improve on that, blogging took a back seat to focus on many other activities.

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  • I am coming up on three years as the chair of the board of directors of the Flipped Learning Network. This was a massive transitional period for this non-profit organization. We continue to strive to be the place for information and community in this area but adapting to “post founders” has been a struggle at some points. I must give a huge thank you to all of the board members and community members that have kept this going. I believe it has a reason to exist and that it will. Do I step down this year as chair and take a back seat? Time will tell. I need to decide that soon. We are running two conferences this year, please check out FlipTech New England (outside of Boston, MA, USA, June 28-29, 2019) and FlipTech Colombia (in Bogotá, Colombia, July 12-13, 2019). Check out the conference site for more info.
  • I had to look back to check since it seems like longer. I have been active with the Virtually Connecting community since the summer of 2015 and last year was named as the “Latin America lead”. I truly feel guilty that this work has taken a back seat in 2018 and want to commit more time in this project in the coming year. I love this community and they push my thinking in the pedagogy/andragogy space in particular.
  • Speaking of the number three, this was the third year that I was able to attend (and present at this year) the Annual Open Education Conference. I knew some from this community through Virtually Connecting and have so many names to thank for great conversations in the sessions and hallways. I am passionate in this field and in particular in the Open Educational Practioner #OEP space more so than OER. Stay tuned.
  • Here on campus at the Tec de Monterrey I was busy in projects for our Tec21 changes as well as working on important projects in the CyberSecurity area and for a Jalisco government project (Universidad Digital).
  • Family life is always full as I attempt to pull my share of the load (and pleasures) of being a husband and father to three children. We now have two teenagers and the youngest is not far behind. I am truly blessed to have a wonderful and supportive family.

So here is to a wonderful 2019, I intend to be blogging more but make no promise or declaration here.

View from my standing desk. I moved to a new office location in August, 2018. You can see the air force base next door.

"My View in 2019" flickr photo by kenbauer https://flickr.com/photos/ken_bauer/46539287502 shared under a Creative Commons (BY-NC-SA) license
View from my standing desk. I moved to a new office location in August, 2018.

My View in 2019 flickr photo by kenbauer shared under a Creative Commons (BY-NC-SA) license

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