Episode 018 – Miguel Rodriguez

Show Notes

This week Ken joins Professor Miguel X. Rodriguez Paz to discuss his flipped classroom in Puebla, México. I met Miguel a few years back at our CIIE Conference (Congreso Internacional de Innovación Educativa) and we have been in frequent contact since then.

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About our Guest

Prof. Rodríguez-Paz received his B.Sc. in Civil Engineering from Tecnologico de Oaxaca in 1993. He studied his M.Sc. In Structural Engineering at Tecnologico de Monterrey and received his Ph.D. from the University of Wales at Swansea in 2003 where he did research on Numerical
Methods for Fluid Dynamics as a post-doc Research Officer.

In August 2004 he joined the Tecnologico de Monterrey at the Puebla Campus and is a full professor of Applied Mechanics there since 2009. His research topics include Engineering Education, Structural Dynamics and
Applied Mechanics. He has been a member of the National System of Researchers (SNI) in the Mexican Council of Science and Technology.

Miguel has held several positions within the School of Engineering, including Head of School and his current post as head of the
department of Sustainable Technologies and Civil Engineering.

Miguel enjoys teaching Engineering in a fun way and likes to learn about Flipped Learning and Open Education.

Since 2010 he is an Academic YouTuber.

You can follow him on Twitter at @mxrp

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Ken’s Take

I enjoyed recording this episode since I had been waiting for this for months. Two points in particular struck me during my conversation with Miguel:

  • Just record your videos, don’t stress so much about “high quality production”. This is often a question or block for some teachers and I agree with Miguel here. This also leads to my choice of image for this episode “Don’t let perfect be the enemy of the good.”
  • When creating video or communicating through a live video feed, you are teaching “through the screen and not to the screen”. I heard this last week on Bonni Stachowiak’s Teaching in Higher Ed Podcast episode 224 with Sean Michael Morris and Jesse Stommel. Image here is released under a Creative Commons license (CC BY-NC-SA 4.0).
Quote from Sean Michael Morris on TIHE episode 224: "When we're teaching online, we're not teaching to a screen - we're teaching through a screen."

Music Credit

The music (titled Aloft) clip at the start and end of the podcast is copyright by Kelly Walsh and used with permission.

Podcast Logo Credit

The image of a microphone used in the logo for our podcast is courtesy of Eric Harvey.

Featured Image Credit

"Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good."
“Fräu @brenebrown quotes Gretchen Rubin on working through perfectionism in the moment… — I remind myself, “Don’t let the perfect be the enemy of the good.” (Cribbed from Voltaire.) A twenty-minute walk that I do is better than the four-mile run that I” flickr photo by bryanzug https://flickr.com/photos/bryanzug/16012162234 shared under a Creative Commons (BY-SA) license

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