HFOSS, TOS (CMU/RIT), POSSE, UCOSP, and SoaS: what do these acronyms stand for, why is each a model for a type of open source in education interaction that could revolutionize the way the world learns, and what can you do to help?
... or at least the part of it we call K-12 education? School budgets are tight, schools need to transform into 21st Century Learning Centers and no one is sure how this can happen. Except perhaps the FOSS community. This talk is targeted at FOSS project leaders and community members and will explain how our skills, knowledge and experience can be invaluable to educators in our home towns.
India’s audacious goal to educate 500 million people by 2022 can only be met using an open source approach. We will our experience building and delivering a peer-based, self-paced, community-driven 21st century learning environment using open source and freely available content, sustained by a micro-finance model that completely flattens the hierarchical approach strictly embraced in India.
An entire generation of engineers is currently being educated exclusively with proprietary software. As a consequence, these students do not get to learn how hardware and software systems really work. For three years we have been working on changing this by offering a college course on Open Source Software Practices. Come to hear about our experiences and help us make this a better course.
Research suggests that what's keeping computers from being a normal part of school is now having enough hardware. (US average is about 4 kids per computer.) This session will describe technical implementation details as well as reactions from students, teachers, and technical support staffs. In general, the less people know about computers, the more they like Linux thin clients.
Open Source plays an increasingly important role in arts and design through Web applications and open licenses. The Networked Media design programme of the Piet Zwart Institute has, for years, employed Open Source more radically for all course work, on servers and clients, with a focus on the command line, coding and FLOSS philosophy to foster rethinking of media instead of off-the-shelf design.
"Turn someone else's problems into your learning material." How do you expose your project's bugs and tasks to enthusiastic new contributors? We'll be talking about how OpenHatch's software tools and process-creating guidance make it possible to reveal a FOSS project's bug and task needs to budding contributors, students, and educators creating and running FOSS courses.
Student contributions to OSS projects have great potential to benefit both projects and students. While student involvement in OSS projects can take effort on the part of the OSS community, student contributions are well worth the effort required. This talk covers the variety of ways that students can become involved in an OSS project as well as the benefits and roadblocks to student involvement.
This talk will introduce Plumbling, a set of tools to support artists and makers in the programming of low-cost, open-hardware platforms like the Arduino. Plumbing is a library of parallel components written in occam-pi, a small language with a long history.
Moderated by: Mel Chua
This BoF, run by members of the http://teachingopensource.org community and open to all, hosts discussion on two separate but interrelated topics:
1. Education about FOSS - turning students into FOSS contributors
2. Using FOSS in Education - tools, techniques, and stories.
Anyone interested in open source and education, at any level, discipline, and role, is welcome to participate.
Moderated by: Seth Anderson
The University of Kentucky's CECentral.com is an internally-developed learning platform that has been successful by leveraging open-source tools. Using CECentral as a case, this BoF will be a discussion of open source tools, developers and their utility inside academia and specifically, the potential for efficiencies and innovation that may not be possible with other alternatives.