Closer to the Heart

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I “Heart” Education

So perhaps I keep coming back to this same theme about relationships in education and that relates to (finally) getting around to changing the title of my blog to #ConnectingIsLearning.  If you don’t want to read about passion for education, move on to another blog or post.

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Control, FOLE, Pedagogy and Hugs

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Students, Teachers and Control

Control is a curious word. Many of my colleagues at the Tecnológico de Monterrey know me as “that flipping teacher” which comes from my embracing #flipclass four years ago and evangelizing that approach to colleagues on campus, across the system as well as nationally and internationally.

Yes, #flipclass has been good to me but it tends to pigeonhole me with that label. I do so much more in my classroom (connected classrooms, #oer, giving my students voice, active learning) which I consider going beyond flipped class. I really should blog more about my classroom. Hmm.

The key component of #flipclass to me and the most important “flip” for me is the flip of responsibility in the classroom. I want my students to take control of their learning while I slide into a role as a guide and mentor.  Jon Bergmann and Aaron Sams talk about this in their book “Flip Your Classroom: Reach Every Student in Every Class Every Day

Guide on the side and not the sage on the stage.
— Bergmann and  Sams

Another inspiration on my pedagogy is Keith Hughes (@hiphughes on Twitter), go search out his #TeacherTips which should become coffee table books for teacher’s lounges.  One key concept I take from Keith is the term “Facilitator of Learning Experiences”. I love that expression and use it often to explain my role in the classroom.

I would prefer you go watch and listen to Keith explain this:

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Connected and Going Native?

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Connected Learning

I’m been running a form of connected courses since the January-May 2015 semester here at the Tecnológico de Monterrey. I have this tendency to throw a new power tool into my teaching toolbox every January which has been happening for about five years now.  The list of courses I have setup is growing so much that I’m struggling to keep them maintained (see Alan’s tweet about needing an updater) and really should list all of them somewhere on the landing page for You can just find the current semester courses there now, go ahead and tweak the URLs to find the past semester.

I think the tool side has matured and is leaving room for more focus on making actual connections. I want to listen more than I want to be heard and that aligns with so much I’ve been reading, discussing and hearing about lately.

August Focus

So what am I focusing on this semester?

More love.

More love for and in teaching and learning.  Amy Collier spoke so well about this in our Virtually Connecting hallway conversation (joined that day by Stephen Downes). Just last week I had a (in-the-flesh) lunch conversation with my colleague Pille here on campus and we found a connection there that institutions (through fear) want to remove so much personal communication between students and teachers when we know that students (and teachers) need personal connections that allow us to feel the confidence and have the strength to struggle at this thing we call learning which can be so messy.

More Listening.

I’m known locally and in my network as the “flipping guy”. That label is descriptive in some ways but limiting in others (like most labels). For me the key to my flipped classroom is the flipping of responsibility for the learning. I talk less and listen more while guiding my students.  I think I’ve done a good job so far but need to push myself to be sure I am listening to the students that don’t have such a strong voice. This came up in another Virtual Connecting (see a pattern?) hangout which involved our first student participant: Andrew Rikard.

More Openness

I recently discovered the HybridPod podcast and gave all eleven episodes a listen while leaving the feed on my phone for further updates. The latest episode was about the concept of Openness in the context of sexual orientation and I applaud Chris Friend and his guests for being open about how important (and scary) that can be in a classroom environment.

Their discussion led me to consider how my sharing and interaction with my students online and in person needs to come from a context of me showing my own vulnerabilities when confronted with something new, uncomfortable or scary.

Lately I have found myself hanging out online with a group of educators that frankly intimidates me (see Bonnie‘s reply below). This is a new group and I’m the new kid on the block. I don’t know the language (all of my education is in computing science, not education) but I can be aware of my own deficiencies while also being aware of my strengths.

Going Native?

When the pendulum swings from teacher focus to student focus I wonder if my diving to deep into active participation will lead to a danger of going native? We’ll find out as I try to spend more time in the habitats of the Tec student.

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Thanks for People

Thanks Laura for pushing me to get a post out. You do amazing work (and intimidate the heck out of me) and I appreciate that. I love all the people that go out of their way to spend little moments of their day to help others.

Join the Discussion

Feel free to dive into the comments, reach me on Twitter or write up your own blog post and then share that with us.





Aula Invertida en Una Hora

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Aulas Fundación Telefónica

Nota: voy a tomar tiempo hoy/mañana durante el evento a poner otras ligas y detalles, si hay preguntas o peticiones, adelante en los comentarios.

Hace un par de meses me invitaron a presentar sobre aula invertida con maestras y maestros de escuelas públicas en la Ciudad de México.  Responder con un si fue muy fácil.

Invitación a una ponencia.
DM con Diego Sánchez

La Presentación

Ha dado varios talleres y pláticas sobre aula invertida en los últimos cuatro años pero normalmente en ingles. No es fácil para mi expresar mi pasión por aprendizaje en español pero me da un oportunidad de repensar como llevo las ideas a mis clases.

Me gusta mucho usar HaikuDeck (disponible en web y app de iOS) por su simplicidad y impacto visual.  La liga a la presentación en el sitio de HaikuDeck.


Cada presentación es dinámica. Prefiero conversar con los participantes y ajustar el ritmo a ellos. Por eso es posible que usamos uno o más de los siguientes videos.


Desde hace dos años doy un curso (grátis y abierto) en linea estilo cMOOC (la ‘c’ es para conectivismo) y les invito acercar. El curso tiene mucho contenido en inglés pero estamos haciendo más esfuerza para mezclarlo con contenido en español. Más información conmigo directamente o en la página de proyecto.



Ahora es tu turno

No puedo enseñarlos #flipclass pero darles una vista mía y esperar que van a explorar y compartir la experiencia con otros. Les invito a acercar con otros maestras y maestros aplicando aula invertida en sus salones, es una comunidad grande.

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Online Organization and Sharing

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FlipCon16 Workshop

I’m leading a FlipCon 16 workshop on the topic of online organization and sharing with Cara Johnson this year in the morning and afternoon. We are expecting participants to come with questions, problems and solutions so that we can work together to create together.  In other words, this is not a “sit and get” session or a talk.

Your Data, your Sharing, your Platform

What type of data are you looking to share and where are you looking to share it?

Ken has experience on various Learning Management System platforms including Moodle, Blackboard, Schoology.  Even if I have not used your platform, I am a nerd and systems person and I installed and have maintained a Moodle install for my colleagues since about 2003. Throw any problem my way and we can work it out together.

The main data I share and the locales for that data are:

  • Images and (some) video: I mainly share on Flickr since I can define the license I release them under as well as choose to keep some private (for my own archival purposes) as well as others public (so others can find and remix them). Do you know how to search on Flickr and give credit for the media you find there?
  • Videos: I mainly share screencasts as well as auto-published Google Hangouts on Air sessions to YouTube.
  • Mixed media content: My platform of choice is a blog and in particular WordPress (like this blog you are on now). You can use the free (or pay for extras) version at or use any of many hosting services to host your own blog using the open source software. If you want a recommendation of where to host, I highly recommend ReclaimHosting, they have excellent support and are educators that know what we need. Tell them Ken Bauer sent you.
    I actually have this personal blog as well as various other blogs for each of my classes and projects that I participate on. I find WordPress extremely friendly and flexible in order to mold it to what I need it for.
  • Audio: I don’t share a lot of audio, but I have shared some on SoundCloud so you may want to look there as an option.
  • Code: I am a software engineer and teach undergraduate software engineering and programming so I highly recommend GitHub and they have education accounts and resources.

What Else are you Sharing?

How else can we help you today? Let us know.

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Welcome/Bienvenidos – OpenFlip Spring 2016

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OpenFlip is English/Spanish

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Alternating paragraphs of English/Spanish here since we have a mixed audience. I invite corrections to my Spanish (or English). We plan (and always have with OpenFlip) to support work in both English and Spanish since Ken and April are native speakers of English with enough Spanish to work with teachers in both languages. Feel free to pursue this course in your language of choice or even try interacting with participants in both languages.

Párrafaros alternando aquí de inglés y español. Invito corregir mi español (o inglés). Tenemos planeado (y siempre ha sido así con OpenFlip) dar soporte en inglés y español dado que Ken y April tienen inglés como su lengua nativo con suficiente nivel en español para trabajar con maestros en los dos idiomas. Están bienvenidos en participar en el curso en cualquier de los dos idiomas o incluso dar el reto de interactuar con participantes con los dos.

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Teaching Evaluation Comments: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

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All the Things are New

One aspect that I particularly love about my institution where I work is our ability to move quickly and make changes. We had been using the same online system for teaching evaluations for quite a long time (perhaps a decade?) and made a change in format, questions, scale and focus this past year. The instrument actually changed again in January in reaction to the previous semester I assume. I did not play a role in the design of the instrument but did give my feedback on early versions before it was released. As always, the comments are the most important section of teaching evaluations.

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Maestros Invertidos

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Si, en español

Creo que es mi primer post en el blog en español, la verdad debo publicar más así. Mi idioma nativo es el inglés pero con casi 21 años en México debo hacer más esfuerzo para comunicar en español. Cierto: bienvenida correcciones sobre mi gramática en los comentarios.

Curso de Flip

Ayer viernes y hoy estoy presentando sobre aula invertida (y aprendizaje invertido) con maestras (y unos maestros) del Instituto De La Vera-Cruz como parte de un diplomado del Tecnológico de Monterrey, Campus Guadalajara.

Mi presentación está disponible en Haiku Deck.


Como siempre, hablo sobre muchos recursos y herramientas y es difícil anotar las ligas para las maestras, incluyo varios aquí:


Para escribir su blog, recomiendo usar WordPress. Tiene muchas ventajas que mencioné en el discurso como portabilidad, diseño y fácil (relativamente) para usar. Puedes hacer tu propio blog registrando en el sitio

Otros opciones para investigar para su blog son Known y Blogger. Soy un gran fan de Known, es más sencillo y hay mucho más que decir sobre sistemas abiertos pero no necesariamente con este grupo. Blogger es de Google y mucha gente tiene experiencia con la plataforma. Personalmente prefiero WordPress y Known para razones distintos.

Hacer Videos

Trabajamos un poco en el salón con Camtasia (versiones para Mac y Windows). Es mi plataforma preferida por su interface simple y la habilidad de editar mis videos. No es gratis pero hay descuentos para académicos.

Otros opciones para computadora son: Screencast-o-matic y otro que estoy usando es Screencastify cual es un plugin para Google Chrome.

Hay varios apps para iPad/iPhone y Android para grabar videos. No lo ha usado mucho para otros maestros me han dicho que son fans de Explain Everything (iOS y Android) y EduCreations (iOS)


El libro original de Jon Bergmann y Aaron Sams está disponible en varios idiomas incluyendo español. El version en inglés tiene disponible los primeros tres capítulos para bajar.

Hay muchos otros libros cual ha leído yo y la verdad recomiendo a esos dos en partiicular:

Twitter y Social Media

Tengo una cuenta en Pinterest y puedes ver unas ligas sobre uso de social media en su salón de clases. Tiene pocas ligas, debo usar Pinterest un poco mas para ese fin de cultivar ligas a recursos.

Ha publicado unos entradas en mi blog sobre uso de Twitter y Facebook en mi salón. Aviso que están publicado en inglés.

Tenemos un grupo en Facebook para Flipped Learning Latin America.

Curso de OpenFlip

Ha ofrecido un curso en estilo cMooc desde hace 2 años. Es completamente en linea y grátis. Ultimamente fue de 8 semana pero lo vamos a reducir a 4 semanas. Al final del curso (si cumplen con el trabajo) voy a redactar una carta y reconocimiento para fines de pedir crédito con su trabajo como capacitación. El próximo curso empieza el 31 de mayo, para más información pueden ver la página de web de OpenFlip.

Videos que Vimos


Paola fue mi alumno de TC1017 en el semestre enero-may 2016.

El primer video es de Daniela y Pepe quienes fueron mis alumnos hace unos años (en solamente un curso TC1017). También estoy compartiendo una lista de otros alumnos del semestre agosto diciembre 2014.

Vimos el video con Eduardo en el salón y también viene en una lista de videos de otros alumnos.

Keith Hughes

Vimos el video de Keith Hughes (@hiphughes en Twitter). También tiene varios videos sobre “teaching” y un excelente video de como hacer #flipclass, lo incluyo abajo:

Jonathan Thomas-Palmer

Pueden ver el sitio de Jon sobre Flipping Physics, tiene muchos recursos para alumnos y maestros.

Vimos dos videos en particular, el primero para alumnos de como ver videos de #flipclass

Y otro en su series de tips sobre como hacer videos #flipclass:

Derek Muller

Vimos el siguiente video de Derek Muller (famoso por el canal de YouTube Veritasium) sobre su trabajo de doctorado en hacer videos de física para alumnos:

Recomiendo también su video “This Will Revolutionize Education”:

Twitter Chats

Hicimos una prueba con Twitter Chat usando la etiqueta de #aulainvertida.

Hay muchos chats sobre varios tópicos de educación cada día de la semana.

Cada lunes a las 7pm hora local de Guadalajara (realmente 8pm hora de nueva york y cambia con cambia de horario) tenemos el chat de #flipclass. Sigue ese etiqueta entre 7pm y 8pm para conocer gente del area.

También cada 15 días hay un chat de #mexedchat los lunes a las 8pm. Hay uno hoy 23 de mayo.

La Tarea

Si, la tarea tiene fecha limite de 31 de mayo. Deben publicar escrito y en formato de video su reflexión sobre aula invertida. Puede ser tan simple la entrega con ligas a los documents (escrito y el video) a su Dropbox o otro plataforma similar. Recomiendo altamente un intento a publicar en YouTube y su trabajo escrito en un entrada de blog.


Siempre es un placer trabajar y aprender con otros maestras y maestros. Agradezco mucho la invitación de compartir con ustedes y espero que estamos en contacto. Me pueden encontrar aquí en mi blog, en Facebook, en Twitter, en Pinterest y por correo electrónico (kenbauer at gmail punto com).

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Rod Olafson

Letting Go

This is my first blog post since November 21st when I gave a keynote about stimulating innovation in faculty in Querétaro. That was a great experience and as usual I leave a post with my slides and sometimes some more information gets updated upon reflection upon returning home. The update on that post did not happen.

This blog went silent.

Rod was a fellow nerd so May the 4th seems like as good a day as any to publish this, I’ve been holding onto this draft for months.

Those Long Bus Rides Home

BusRideHome11/21/2015 5:58PM message from Jane: “Ken, Rod died this morning.”

I didn’t see that message until two hours later. I had to process for a full 20 minutes before answering:

I am so sorry my friend.
He was a good friend and a great man.
Take care. Cry. Release. Take solace in family and friends.
Life is not fair.

Time to Reflect

In reality, I knew Rod over many years but we didn’t spend long periods of time together like many close friends do. We met while both doing our undergraduate degrees in Computer Science at the University of Victoria (UVIC).

RodTwitterWe had amazing conversations over coffee (mostly) or beers (not as much) during our time at UVIC.  I recall great discussions over code in the basement of the Student Union Building (SUB) with Chuck, Tony, Kevin, Bill and others. We were that group of older students (I took two years off during my program and was the youngest of that group) and probably for that reason more focused on our studies.

I graduated in May of 1993, I believe Rod finished later that year. I headed off to graduate school soon after in Seattle then on to Guadalajara in 1995 where I have spent most of the past 20 plus years.

RodJane1Rod interviewed me at OOPSLA 1996 when I was contemplating moving back to Victoria to work in software engineering. Apparently it went well since I was hired to work at Object Technology International (already bought by IBM at that point) with Rod, Bjorn, Darin and others. My stay there was short but intense and I lived and breathed an amazing environment of what a good software engineering lab should be. We shipped the first release of Visual Age for Java (what would later become Eclipse which so many of us use to this day).  Teaching and México called me and I returned to Guadalajara after a short trip through Seattle in 2008.

When I moved to Edmonton to work on my Ph.D. at the University of Alberta in 2005 with a small and growing family I reached out to Rod for advice often on business, research and personal matters. Rod was always good at listening and never one to judge me. He offered advice when I asked for it and his advice was always sound. He also offered some stories of his time growing up in those same Michener Park family residences when he was a young boy.

As we grow older we tend to focus on what is truly important: our family and what we leave behind in this world. I truly believe that Rod always saw that. He took an intense interest in my teaching practices and often asked for clarity on what I was implementing down here at the Tecnológico de Monterrey. I am sure Rod would have been an amazing teacher or professor had he chosen that path.

Farewell My Friend

Rod’s wis2016-04-17-148h was to have a “big party” for him sometime later and indeed there was. Thank you to Jane, Rod’s parents and all others involved in throwing an amazing event. You all truly did an amazing job honouring him.


I wish I could pick up the phone and reach out for advice again but I cannot. I have my memories and I have all that you left behind for us to cherish.

You left so much of you, than2016-04-17-147k you.


Sail on my friend Rod Olafson, when I see kites flying I will be thinking of you.

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Wish You Were Here