5 FOSS in Edu Projects that Changed the World

Karsten Wade (Red Hat/Fedora Project), Mel Chua (Red Hat)
Education
Location: D133
Tags: education
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Open source and education is a vast space; these five projects highlight a broad range of perspectives and approaches for teaching students how to become open source contributors.

This talk covers:

Humanitarian FOSS (HFOSS): How do you get FOSS work to have academic credibility? Answer: get a group of computing faculty together to get their departments’ work in open source funded by massive grants.

Undergraduate Capstone Open Source Projects (UCOSP): The classic senior capstone project, redefined – and for fields beyond computing, too.

Professors’ Open Source Summer Experience (POSSE): How do professors learn to teach their students open source, where students work on topics their teachers don’t know and the primary skill is learning to be productively lost? POSSE is a weeklong bootcamp that immerses professors in open source projects so they can learn how to get their students involved.

Teaching Open Source (TOS): Where does the community of practice for teaching FOSS contribution gather? Here – TeachingOpenSource.org (TOS). TOS is a neutral collaboration point for professors, institutions, communities, & companies around the practice of teaching open source. Within TOS, Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) and the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) provide contrasting case studies on how schools large and small can integrate FOSS into the fabric of their teaching and learning, both from the top-down and the bottom-up.

SoaS: How do we lower the barrier to FOSS contribution even for the very young with limited access to computing? Sugar on a Stick (SoaS) is a project that gives children the power to run their own version of the Sugar Learning Environment from a live-bootable USB. The kicker: the engineering team is led by a high school student.

The Red Hat Community Architecture team will present an overview of how this eigenset of projects spans the Free/Open Source Software In Education space, and point out areas of opportunity for new projects to take root.

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Karsten Wade

Red Hat/Fedora Project

Karsten is 15 year IT industry veteran, a long time Fedora Project contributor, and general open source iconoclast. As a member of the industry leading community team at Red Hat, Karsten has seen, done, and recovered from many open community mistakes. Through mistakes, learning; through learning, advancement. By teaching and learning with others, we improve the fabric of all open source communities.

He lives in Santa Cruz, CA, with his wife and two daughters on a small urban farm, http://Fairy-TaleFarm.com.

Mel Chua

Red Hat

Mel is a hacker. Over time, Mel has progressed from hacking hardware (electrical engineer) to code (software developer) to organizational cultures (community QA team lead). She now hacks communities of practice as a member of Red Hat’s Community Architecture team. These days, Mel spends most of her time with on open source in education, teaching professors how to teach open source, leading the Fedora Marketing team, and generally getting things out of the way of people who want to Get Stuff Done. In her hypothetically existent amounts of free time, she volunteers for Sugar Labs and works on undergraduate engineering education reform, occasionally at the same time.

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