An Open and Connected Course for Faculty Development

Week Zero - Start Me Up

Remember that submissions can be in Spanish or English.

If you have any questions or feel lost at all, please reach out to Ken early. The format of this course may be very different to what you are accustomed to.

Relax, Don't Panic and always remember where your towel is.

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Wednesday morning Google Hangout Online

Feel free to submit questions (in the comments below or via Twitter) or ask Ken to join (send a tweet or email to @ken_bauer

If you don't join in live, you can watch live or recorded using the video link below.

Thursday evening Google Hangout Online

Feel free to submit questions (in the comments below or via Twitter) or ask Ken to join (send a tweet or email to @ken_bauer

If you don't join in live, you can watch live or recorded using the video link below.

Relax, You don't "submit" homework

The way to "submit" your assignments is by publishing an entry on your own blog. Please ensure your blog is created (and you have Twitter,YouTube accounts) and register that information via the link at the top in the menus.

This Week's Videos

Setup Your Environment

Much of this was discussed in the "Get Started" page but I will repeat it here.

Before we get to recording your first thoughts we will need you to setup three systems, some of these you may already have in place

  1. Twitter - See the page about this for our course.
  2. Blog - The easy option is one of WordPress, Blogger or if you are Tecnológico de Monterrey affiliated, Ken can set you up here.
  3. YouTube account - Make sure you can login to YouTube and this will give you an account to upload videos to.

Initial Thoughts on Flipped Learning

Please document your thoughts of the topic (Flipped Learning) and your goals during the course. Include any fears, hopes, doubts, experiences (good and bad) and how you think FL can (or cannot) address these for you and your classes. See below for details of how to do this.

You will submit this in two formats: written (Blog Post) and video (YouTube or similar)

  1. Post a short essay (How long? Long enough, a single page even) of your thoughts on this to get them into written format. Video is great, but the written word creates a different type of reflection and also is much more amenable to searching. Please post this to your blog and also include in your blog the tag (or category) #Unit0
  2. Post a short (30 seconds - 1 minute) video screen capture/recording of your reflections on the topic. Please post to YouTube (you can leave it as 'unlisted' or make it public, your choice) and post the link to your reflections here in the comments for all to view or you could also embed that YouTube video in your blog post.

After Submission, Please Interact

This (and each of the assignments) is divided into three pieces. I divide them in order of importance (mostly) to our learning as a group.

  1. Discuss here PLEASE!  It is important to have our own reflections on the material but just as important for ourselves and our colleagues is to share our point of view and see those of others. You should at least have a summary of what your submission is.
  2. Also, feel free to start using Twitter for discussing with the participants in the course. Remember to use the hashtag #OpenFlip when posting so others in this course will see those posts go by in their Twitter Stream.

This Week's Activities

  • Monday: The weekly assignment will be released as well as a short video about the week.
  • Tuesday-Sunday: Reflect on the content of the week and start publishing your blog post and video. Remember you can go back and edit blog post anytime and we encourage you to comment on other participant's blogs. Post earlier in the week to drive more traffic to your blog.
  • Wednesday (morning) (10am-10:30am) Our morning chat is scheduled with Kate Baker (@KtBkr4), Alan Levine (@cogdog)and Nancy White (@NancyWhite) to discuss getting started blogging/tweeting and whatever else you would like to talk about. See the links up at the top of the page. This will be recorded live (please participate in the chat and/or over Twitter) as well as archived for viewing later."
  • Thursday (evening): (7pm-7:30pm) Same idea as morning section, guests to be determined but so far confirmed are Brian Bennett (@bennettscience) and Justin Aglio (@JustinAglio )
  • Friday: Office Hours" with Ken in person on campus and recorded via Google Hangout for distant participants. Scheduled from 3pm-3:30pm
  • Sunday/Monday(noon): Post your weekly submission BEFORE noon on Monday of the previous week work. If you can post earlier that is even better to generate conversations.


If you have questions, contact Ken. The best mode is via Twitter by tagging Ken in a post (@ken_bauer) or sending a Twitter direct message (DM).  The other option is via email with kenbauer at gmail dot com.


CC BY 4.0 Unit 0 – Setup and First Thoughts by Ken Bauer is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.


  1. Nictze Frías Lara on January 25, 2016 at 9:28 pm

    I’m really excited with this course, I hope to learn so much about this teaching strategy. I will try to follow all the activities.

    • Ken Bauer on January 28, 2016 at 2:19 pm

      I am very excited too for a mixed group of educators here at #OpenFlip, this is going to be fun.

  2. Miguel Rodríguez on January 26, 2016 at 10:26 pm

    Just finished writing on my blog… thanks to the course I restarted my blog-writing. Great exercise, IMO

    • Ken Bauer on January 28, 2016 at 2:19 pm

      Thanks Miguel, I hope you come out with interesting reflections from the course.

  3. Martin Sánchez on January 28, 2016 at 11:59 am

    I want to learn so much about this teaching strategy and use it in our classes.

    • Ken Bauer on January 28, 2016 at 2:20 pm

      Excellent, that is one of the goals here. Welcome!

  4. Cyndy Detlefson on January 31, 2016 at 2:29 pm

    The number one hang up I have in fully implementing a Flipped Classroom is making my own quality videos to use in my Math 8 and Algebra I classrooms. I have a MacBook Air and would like to know what software other Math 8/Algebra I teachers use to make their videos. I would like to use the same problems my students will be seeing (worksheets, books,etc). When I use the camera on my computer, it reverses the picture, so all of my math problems are backwards. I also do not have a Smartboard in my room.

    Any advice or suggestions on what to use would be greatly appreciated!

    • Ken Bauer on February 2, 2016 at 8:09 am

      Thanks for your comment Cyndy.
      My answer as often will be choose what your level of “acceptable quality” is. Strange about the camera being reversed though. I use Camtasia (Mac or Windows) for recording my videos but there are many other options on both Windows and Mac (and Linux). Do you also have a tablet of some kind? Which software are you using now on your computer for recording the videos?

  5. Irma Eraña on February 1, 2016 at 12:51 pm

    Thanks for recording and sharing the Google hangout sessions, it makes it easier to catch up to those of us who couldn’t connect at those times. Very interesting comments!

    • Ken Bauer on February 2, 2016 at 8:10 am

      Thanks for commenting Irma. I really enjoy the Google Hangouts and the idea is to get the participants to join us live as well. Sending questions before the recording also helps us direct the conversation.

  6. Irma Eraña on February 1, 2016 at 2:09 pm

    One question, for Tec de mty, is the course in success factor or how can we officially register it?

    • Ken Bauer on February 2, 2016 at 8:12 am

      Yes, this *was* in Success Factors until at least yesterday. Do a search for “Workshop: Flipping YOUR class”, it should be there but they might have removed it after Monday February 1. I will see about having it come back up. We will ensure that people from Tec that finish the course receive credit in Success Factors and that others (external to Tec) that finish also receive a certificate and letter of completion.

  7. Ana María Leal on February 2, 2016 at 7:44 pm

    Hola Ken, ¿ya publicaste la actividad de esta semana (1 al 7 de febrero)?
    No la encuentro.

    • Ken Bauer on February 2, 2016 at 9:31 pm

      Si, pero se me olvidó ponerlo en los menus de “Schedule”, ahora si esta.

  8. Tama Trotti on February 4, 2016 at 5:24 pm

    Hi there, are there any third grade teachers taking this course. I would love ideas of how you are trying to flip or inflip. I am trying, but not sure it exactly fits definition, but then again, there is no one way. Would love to hear manageable ideas.

  9. Jennifer Dillon on February 5, 2016 at 5:45 am

    April – I love that you use interactive notebooks. I started implementing them in my high school agriculture courses as I feel there are some basic learning skills our students are missing. I know that writing helps our brains process. Color coding, adding foldables, and gluing down magazine images are great for them too.

  10. David Antonio on February 6, 2016 at 8:45 pm

    I’m going to start with assignments of Week 0 right now. Sorry for the delay. This is the course I was waiting for to start off flipping my classes. Cheers !

    • Ken Bauer on February 7, 2016 at 8:35 am

      Great, thanks David!

  11. Nancy Segura on February 12, 2016 at 9:05 pm

    I hope this course will fill me with new ideas for my classes. I wish I could be innovative and inspiring for my students. I have tried several teaching techniques and have blended them in some way. Hopefully I will be able to increase my students´interaction between peers and potentiate their learning experience.

  12. Raquel Landa on June 1, 2016 at 11:20 am

    Here is my Blog so you can check it, i’ll be posting the videos here as well.

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