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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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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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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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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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Notas y ligas para el curso en el Instituto Tecnológico José Mario Molina Pasquel y Henriquez.

Presentación de la mañana día 1

Ligas Mencionadas

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See note below, this is a re-post and not the writing of the owner of this site.

Autor: Julio Rivas Rojas
Fecha: 08/05/2017

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A lo largo de las 10 sesiones, estudiantes de Mecatrónica, Sistemas Computacionales y Biomédicos, de ambas culturas, compararon y encontraron posibles soluciones a diversos conflictos cotidianos.

¿Cómo la ciencia de la computación puede impactar más en la sociedad? Con esa pregunta como punto de partida, alumnos del Tecnológico de Monterrey en Guadalajara y de la MacEwan University entablaron conversaciones a través de videollamadas en las que discutieron sobre apps que ayudan a resolver problemáticas sociales.

La dinámica fue parte del proyecto de intercambio cultural entre jóvenes estudiantes a cargo del profesor Ken Bauer, del Campus Guadalajara, y Cam Macdonell de la casa de estudios canadiense.

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Hey, Wait

Yes, the previous post declared that summer is here but I refuse to follow the crowd. End of the January-May semester signals summer but it also signals my spring cleaning of my office space which includes the physical accumulation of papers as well as the digital.

Back to Linux

I have my first non-Mac laptop since 2005.  I truly enjoyed the quality of the Mac hardware and there were are software applications that I will miss but I wanted to push back to Linux as my mobile computing platform. My main workspace at home has always been Linux (currently an install of Kubuntu), I have been promoting Linux for use by students and colleagues since the 90s.

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Summer Weather, Summer Plans

Today I submitted the last manilla envelope with grading material. My teacher’s day present to myself as today is “Día del Maestro” here in México.

I always have a full summer without giving classes. I have some invitations to talk about Flipped Learning to a few locations and I’m working on being a more active chair of the board of the Flipped Learning Network. I also want to write the draft of a book for introduction to programming (Python and C++ in same book as that is what I am using lately for two courses).

And I plan to blog more.

So yeah, busy. But I do plan to make it to the beach for at least a few days.

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Puerto Vallarta – August 2005 flickr photo by dpdixon shared under a Creative Commons (BY-NC-ND) license