Call for Proposals #KensNext50

Half Century Mark

I soon turn 50 in April and I can definitely be proud of what I’ve accomplished so far. I have a wonderful family, I have health, an amazing job working with incredible students at an excellent institution. Life is good, I can’t complain.

Of course there have been failures, mishaps and calamity. Life is like that but I am privileged and lucky to still be here to face the future.

Obligatory Video Clip

I just can’t resist the opportunity to include this not-really-but-somewhat-related-video-because-my-brain-works-like-that.

To many Canadians of my generation, the Tragically Hip was a big part of our youth. For me, this was the background soundtrack to my undergraduate days at the University of Victoria hanging out in the coffee shop, the pub and blaring in the kitchens that I worked in during my youth. This was part of my first 50 years. We all have the soundtrack of youth and many my age remember the hours we poured into making the #PerfectMixedTape.

 A Call for Proposals

So I create a call for proposals: “What should Ken focus on in the next 10, 20, 30, 40, 50 years”.

  • Preferably a blog post but short microblog format accepted including tweets, Instagram posts, Facebook Posts.
  • If you can remember, include the hashtag #KensNext50. It will be entertaining to go find those.
  • You can choose the medium, the format, the length. The sky is the limit, have fun. I know that I will.

Thank You

I really want to thank so many of you that I see in person everyday or not so often as well as to my friends and colleagues that I have constant contact with via the wonder that is the internet.

A Critical Gradebook

Background

Flickr Image: Esther's Gradebook
“Esther’s Gradebook” flickr photo by Cat Sidh https://flickr.com/photos/cat-sidh/464455787 shared under a Creative Commons (BY) license

Back in 2015 I made a switch to a  via FeedWordPress. The plumbing of how to do this was all thanks to the genius of our good friend Alan Levine. Check out Alan’s multi-post series “Feed WordPress 101: Installing and Setting Up The Machine” which gives you all the details on how to set this up. You can also go back to my post in January 2015 when I started this adventure “A New Semester, A New Year“.

While digging up links to include in that background I found this post (“Conversation with Alan Levine, Pedagogical Technologist”) with a video courtesy of Howard Rheingold interviewing Alan in 2014 about connected learning. This leads to the deeper history including the work of Martha Burtis, Jim GroomGardner Campbell and the amazing DS106 project/experience/cult and Domain of One’s Own. I also shall not fail to give a glove tap to another colleague and friend who inspired and continues to inspire me in this area: Brian Lamb.

Conversation with Alan Levine, Pedagogical Technologist from Connected Learning Alliance on Vimeo.

Conversation with Alan Levine, Pedagogical Technologist from Connected Learning Alliance on Vimeo.

The Inspiration

Earlier today I caught the end of a conversation on Twitter focused around the work of Laura Gibbs and her use (and struggles) with the gradebook in Canvas LMS.

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Israel, a truly inspirational professor

Context

A few years ago I went through the process of an application to be recognized as one of the inspirational professors so I know what this process is about. I was not selected and recognize the amazing competition that we have among our colleagues at the Tecnológico de Monterrey. We have incredible educators in our hallways and they should be recognized.

Picture of Israel giving class.
“Israel leading Class” flickr photo by kenbauer https://flickr.com/photos/ken_bauer/40338435033 shared under a Creative Commons (BY-NC-SA) license

First Contact

I first met Israel Vizcarra Varela in the summer of 2017 when we were planning our first Semester-i for the computing department. This was a new experience for a team which was dominated by professors in computing (all but Israel) and all but one (again Israel) were full-time professors on our campus. I can honestly say that I enjoyed working with Israel that semester and found inspiration in his approach to teaching, the way he connects with his students and his full grasp of his discipline. I found myself asking him for his opinion on my approaches and we developed an excellent working relationship during that semester which was an award  winning project.
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