OpenFlip Course Fall 2015 edition

Another instance of the OpenFlip Course

I am starting the 5th version of this course, for history about the course go see the main site.

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This is an open and free course offered in the connected MOOC style, and you should realize this is not a course about “Ken teaching you” and is highly centered on your learning. A glove-tap/hat-tip to Stephen Downes, George Siemens and Dave Cormier and others for their work on the original MOOCS.

A massive thank you to the work of Alan Levine, Brian Lamb, Jim Groom and too many others to list for their inspiration that led to my using this format.

Video Introduction

Spot the error in the title slide of the video.

Language Note

Nota: voy a ofrecer apoyo/asesoría en español/inglés pero la mayoría del contenido está en inglés.

Note: I am going to offer help/meeting support for this course in English and Spanish but the content is all published in English.

Course Page

Find all of the details about this instance of the course at http://kenscourses.com/OpenFlipFall2015/

Registration Deadline: October 24

Register at: http://kenscourses.com/OpenFlipFall2015/register/

Schedule

This is fully online and self-paced. Each participant will post a video reflection and blog post each week about the topic of the week. The course pages describe the details of each weekly assignment, this is just a summary below. Full schedule details at http://kenscourses.com/OpenFlipFall2015/schedule/

Weekly Topics

  • Week Zero starting October19 Getting Started
  • Week One starting October 26 Flexible Environment
  • Week Two starting November 2 Learning Culture
  • Week Three starting November 9 Intentional Content
  • Week Four starting November 16 Professional Educator
  • Weeks Five/Six starting November 23 Your First Flip Activity
  • Week Seven starting December 7 Course Wrap Up

Submission deadlines (Sunday at midnight except for first one).

Course Content

The course content is all visible (and available under a CC-BY 4.0 license) at the course homepage of http://kenscourses.com/OpenFlipFall2015/

Credit for Course Completion

This course is offered by Ken Bauer on his own platform and not as an official course at the Tecnológico de Monterrey. You will not find it listed on regular registration but must registration directly with the links above. If you complete the course, Ken will write a letter to you and the director of your campus in charge of training to request credit for 40 hours of training.

Course History

For more history on the previous versions of this course (4 before this version), see the main page at http://theopenflip.com

Feedback or Questions?

Feel free to comment here or contact Ken via Twitter or email (kenbauer at gmail dot com).

Flipped Learning Course – Campus Aguascalientes

Workshop Outline

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My classrooms are very student-centred whether I am working with my undergraduate students or my faculty colleagues. This is really a rough outline and I hope, expect and encourage you to push our workshop in the direction that works best for all of you.

Pre-work for Workshop

If at all possible, please ready Chapter 3 (Why You Should Flip Your Classroom) from “Flip Your Classroom” which is available for free here:
http://www.ascd.org/publications/books/112060.aspx

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Beginning Twitter at UDGAgora

Learner Selected Studios

 

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flickr photo by Rosaura Ochoa http://flickr.com/photos/rosauraochoa/3283888598 shared under a Creative Commons (BY) license

There were requests for a Twitter studio at the #UDGAgora so I’m happy to step in to help out.

Why Use Twitter

I recently organized a workshop at the Tecnológico de Monterrey Campus Querétaro and reached out through Twitter for good links, they came in quickly and created a conversation.

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Flipped Classroom at UdGAgora

Learner Selected Studios

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flickr photo by kenbauer http://flickr.com/photos/ken_bauer/19687060809 shared under a Creative Commons (BY-SA) license

I’ve been invited to share my thoughts on Flipped Learning with the faculty at the UDG Agora course (diplomado). Thank you to JIBC and the University of Guadalajara for giving me this chance to share with and learn from you.

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Open Educational Resource Workshop – Campus Querétaro

Workshop Outline

My classrooms are very student-centred whether I am working with my undergraduate students or my faculty colleagues. This is really a rough outline and I hope, expect and encourage you to push our workshop in the direction that works best for all of you.

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Flipped Learning Workshop – Campus Morelia

Workshop Outline

My classrooms are very student-centred whether I am working with my undergraduate students or my faculty colleagues. This is really a rough outline and I hope, expect and encourage you to push our workshop in the direction that works best for all of you.

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Inspirational Professor 2014

A Year of Inspiration

Update: I did not win the prize but I win by having the support of great colleagues and students with whom I work everyday.

Thank you for all of the support from my colleagues.
Thank you for all of the support from my colleagues.

A note about this post

This is a slightly modified version of the letter I wrote to apply for an award for “Inspirational Professor”.  I’ve done some reformatting for the blog format but the content is the same as what I sent to the awards committee.

How I created more impact on students by paying more attention to teachers.

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flickr photo by TomJByrne http://flickr.com/photos/tomasjbyrne/3547213930 shared under a Creative Commons (BY-ND) license

I wish to leave the main petition for my application as an inspirational professor in the words (and hands) of my colleagues that I worked with over the past years and in particular for the purposes of this award in 2014. You will find letters of recommendation from my colleagues in the folder labeled professors. Some of these are professors from Campus Guadalajara, others are professors from other campuses or staff working in support of educational innovation at the Tecnológico de Monterrey.  A colleague from outside of our system also sent a short note which I choose to include since it shows the impact my writing and sharing has on educators and students globally.  I implore you to read those letters since there is no better way to show support for my inspiring of teachers than from the hand of those teachers themselves.

Note that these letters referenced above are not linked here since I didn’t request permission to publish those. If I do get permission, I will include those here too.

Nevertheless, I should leave a list here of my accomplishments during the calendar year 2014. Much of this can be gleaned from my curriculum vitae (long and short versions included in my submission) but those documents tend to be cold without leaving intent or a story with it. More of the story can be found in my twenty six blog posts in 2014.  Much of my preparation of this letter was aided by a review of those posts. Most are academic in nature and related to my work in education but a few of those posts may be related to general life. Feel free to skip the ones that do not interest you.

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Why Blog?

Note: this is an excerpt (my portion with slight edits) of a post originally at http://personal.gda.itesm.mx/clubinnovacion/2015/04/11/edpuzzle-and-blogging/

Blogging with WordPress

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creative commons licensed (BY-NC-ND) flickr photo by Kristina B: http://flickr.com/photos/barnett/2836828090

Yesterday I presented about WordPress as well as why and how our faculty and staff could use it.

If anyone would like to create a blog on campus, contact Ken who is administering our local installation of WordPress. You can contact Ken for the technical as well as creative/content sides of blogging via email at [email protected] requesting your blog (if you are the self-learning type) or make an appointment to spend 30 minutes with Ken so he can sit down with you in person and help you get started. You can make an appointment using Ken’s appointment system.

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My Planning Process

Constant Iteration

My method of planning is very much based off a constant iteration process. I’ve been teaching delivering classes for 20 years now in mostly the same location so I have the luxury of those experiences (and contact with colleagues) to pull from.

So I iterate each semester. I use what worked the past semester and throw out (or re-tool) what did not. Each end of semester whether summer or Christmas is a reflecting time for me.

Pick One (or two) Changes

This picture has nothing to do with planning, I just love the bunny. Original @ Flickr https://www.flickr.com/photos/xwd/3551390013/
This picture has nothing to do with planning, I just love the bunny. Original @ Flickr https://www.flickr.com/photos/xwd/3551390013/

I often make a large change each year and sometimes even each semester. Last January I switched to full-on flipped master (see post here),  and this year I made a massive switch to fully open content in the style of a #connectedCourse (see blog post here).

Learn from Others

I am the teacher #facilitatorOfLearningExperiences that I am from working and talking with so many colleagues in my institution as well as the large internet (thank you Twitter). The time I spend on networking with other teachers is more important than time spent looking for yet-another-assignment.

Find people that interest you or that will at least listen and answer your questions on teaching. Don’t be shy, get out there and blog/tweet/network.

How do you Plan?

Your turn, what is your planning process?

More tools in the Toolbox

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My Classroom

I am a transplanted Canadian that has been living and teaching in Zapopan, Jalisco, México for most of the past twenty years at the Tecnológico de Monterrey, Campus Guadalajara.

I have always focused on giving my students broad learning around the content of the course in question as well as pushing them to be active and visible in their academic and social pursuits.

Flipped Learning

Three years ago I was introduce to Flipped Classroom and jumped on that bandwagon not so much to change my classroom but because I felt that this “way of teaching” validated how I already ran my  classrooms. The most important part of Flipped Learning for me is the community of educators that I follow and how we can help each other become better at our craft of guiding our students on their learning journeys.

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creative commons licensed (BY-SA) flickr photo by chuckoutrearseats: http://flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/4898356318

Lately I’ve been leading colleagues in their discovery of Flipped Learning as one of many tools in their educator toolbox.

I’m currently offering a course on Flipped Learning in a connected courses format. In the past (and future) I gave courses on blogging with WordPress, tools for formative assessment, tools for writing research (LaTeX, bibliography management), software development and collaboration.

Connected Courses

Click on image for source.
Click on image for source.

This leads me to my finding of the connected courses community.  As usual I latched onto the ideas of others since I have no problem standing on the shoulders of giants. So my courses have been moved to a connected course  system.  I happen to be a practicing systems administrator (LAMP in general) so I let to get “under the hood” and control the environment my way.

Why I am Here?

I love expanding my circle of friends and colleagues and especially with those working in domains that I don’t encounter everyday. I hope to share my ideas as well as gain from the ideas of others.  Currently I am looking to push my research forward in the area of education (I am a Computer Scientist formally) and am struggling at how to get that area of research kicked off.