20 Years

Today I celebrate 20 years as a full-time professor here at the Tecnológico de Monterrey in Guadalajara. I actually arrived here on campus for the August 1995 semester as a sessional professor and taught for 2 years before I left to join Object Technology International (at that time recently purchased by IBM) to work on the first release of VisualAge for Java which became the base for Eclipse.

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Kicking off 2019

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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ISC 2018

This semester I have the honour of being the godfather (“padrino de generación”) for the graduating class of the computing systems degree (Ingeniero en Sistemas Computacionales) at the Tecnológico de Monterrey in Guadalajara.

This is the 47th graduating class from the campus. I arrive on campus in August 1995 and was actually able to view the first graduation ceremony which was *much* smaller.

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Durango!

I was invited by my colleague and friend Dora to give a keynote this weekend at the “4o Foro Educativo” in Durango. This was a wonderful day with some amazing educators and I thank them for their hospitality and bringing together a great group of people to learn together with.

I am including my slides as well as embeds of the videos that I planned to share but chose to skip over most of them due to audio problems in the room. They are much easier to appreciate with a set of headphones and time in your own favourite place for watching videos.

And now for the video embeds after the cut here, click through to see those.

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i-Week 2018, Secrets of Encryption

This is the third year that we have offered this week long course at the Tecnológico de Monterrey in Guadalajara. I usually provide a single day of activities but managed to also provide the kick-off session while my colleague was busy with another course on campus.

Thanks to Francisco Alvarado Chacón for organizing this as well as other colleagues that are part of the project.

This post (first in almost a year, I know) is really a resource for students of links and videos that I provided in my time in class with them. The assignment is also provided here first.

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Flipped Learning Module – Diplomado en Innovación Educativa

Notes and Links

Notes from our sessions Friday and Saturday.

Presentation deck, also used for a session on Thursday at our campus in Monterrey

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Licenses: Data, Code, Practices

Open, but not just about Linux

Licenses can be a dry topic for some but have been key to my teaching. Any of my students and colleagues during the past twenty plus years know me as the teacher who was always pushing the use of Linux, Eclipse, Apache Emacs and other open source tools that use open source licensing. This is an important part of my practice and my tool set and remains so.  Read on to get a view on how my teaching has changed to include more focus on open data and open practices.

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Reach to Open the Door

As I stated in my post from last week, I was aware of open source licensing models and the Creative Commons licenses over the span of most of my years as an educator. I would like to use this post to think about reach and highlight what I have learned in recent years, how open licensing has had a direct impact on my work as well as questions that I have that I still am searching for answers to.

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Open Truly Matters to Me

I’m Taking an Open MOOC and I Like It.

An excellent opportunity to take a MOOC “Introduction to Open Education” (also available on the open web at #OpenEdMOOC) on the edX platform appeared on my radar over the summer. I was kicking around for months which platform to leverage for a reset of my #OpenFlip cMOOC which introduces learners to the four pillars of flipped learning with the Flipped Learning Network in collaboration with my institution the Tecnológico de Monterrey. When I landed at the edX page, it suggested this course for me.

The fact that this was led by David Wiley and George Siemens sealed the deal.  Ever since I stumbled across their work a few years ago (more about that below) I have admired the work of both of these pioneers in open education.

You will also notice the ¨redundancy¨ of using Open in the title when it already says ¨MOOC¨. More below.

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Congreso de Actualización y Vanguardia Educativa

Keynote and Workshop

I was invited by colleagues of our Tecnológico de Monterrey en Zacatecas to share a keynote (Flipped Learning) and a three instances of a one hour workshop on Open Educational Resources. This was indeed an honour and I was also interviewed by a local newspaper (NTR Zacatecas) and that interview should appear in the Monday edition.

Update: no interview published but I found this article about the event.

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