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                 Floss Communities as Learning Environments

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                       So, how is it in FLOSS?

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                                                  The community facto...
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                       A large variety of information spaces – outsid...
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                    Individual learning, community support,...




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              Where community support meets content production




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                        Types of content – it's not only bugs




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FLOSS Principles for formal education?!?



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This presentation was prepared for the OpenLearn 2007 workshop and is aimed to provide a basic overview on learning related aspects within open source software communities.

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Floss As A Learning Environment

  1. 1.                       Learning the Open Source Way FLOSS as a learning environment OpenLearn 2007 conference Milton Keynes, UK – 29.10.2007
  2. 2. Learning the open source way – the floss approach Free / Libre Open Source Software - FLOSS FLOSS communities are today known for producing good ● quality software using a different development approach than proprietary software producer. FLOSS is built by a community of volunteers and might be ● backed by companies that generate their revenues by providing services related to the software. In more recent years FLOSS communities also gained attention ● for their community production and support models and regarding their way of knowledge creation and learning. FLOSS communities possess many characteristics that ● educational settings seek to apply.
  3. 3. Learning the open source way – the floss approach Floss Communities as Learning Environments Open and inclusive ethos: everyone can participate, no charges, no ● deadlines, life long participation ●Up to date content; everyone can add, edit and update the content ●Materials are usually the product of many authors with many contributions from people other than authors ●Frequent releases and updates where product features and community structures are the result of a continuous re-negotiation / reflection process within a continuous development cycle ●Prior learning outcomes and processes are systematically available through mailing lists, forums, commented code and further instructional materials (re-use) ●A large support network; provided voluntarily by the community member in a collaborative manner nearly 24/7 ●Free Riders (lurker) welcome paradox – the more the better ●New ICT solutions are adapted early by the community
  4. 4. Learning the open source way – the floss approach So, how is it in FLOSS? And what might be relevant?
  5. 5. Learning the open source way – the floss approach The community factor Apache community – Source Faz.net, Author unknown
  6. 6. Learning the open source way – the floss approach A large variety of information spaces – outside FLOSS Community Places (source http://innovationcreators.com/wp/?p=70
  7. 7. Learning the open source way – the floss approach A large variety of information spaces – inside
  8. 8. Learning the open source way – the floss approach Individual learning, community support,... Learning is happening...
  9. 9. Learning the open source way – the floss approach ... product development, or off topic socialisation spaces ... in a larger context...
  10. 10. Learning the open source way – the floss approach ... provided by and for the community ... and a larger community 117 new members within 4h41m
  11. 11. Learning the open source way – the floss approach Community support services User help user; a double gain where both learn; lurkers welcome
  12. 12. Learning the open source way – the floss approach Where community support meets content production Providing support leads to the production of knowledge bases that serve as a base for the production of instructional materials and help in definition of product requirements and improvement
  13. 13. Learning the open source way – the floss approach Where community support meets content production
  14. 14. Learning the open source way – the floss approach Where community support meets content production Don't produce if you can re-use!
  15. 15. Learning the open source way – the floss approach Where community support meets content production The different roles of bugs: nasty evil and community builder
  16. 16. Learning the open source way – the floss approach Where community support meets content production The value of feedback and discourse – anyone asked for further bugs?
  17. 17. Learning the open source way – the floss approach Developer the small core of the community
  18. 18. Learning the open source way – the floss approach Types of content – it's not only bugs ... but it seems to be simple and yet working out
  19. 19. Learning the open source way – the floss approach Types of content – it's not only bugs ...and it's not about state-of-the-art technology, but...?
  20. 20. Learning the open source way – the floss approach Types of content – it's not only bugs ... and it's produced by the help of EVERYONE
  21. 21. Learning the open source way – the floss approach Types of content – it's not only bugs ... and under current reconsideration of processes and structures
  22. 22. Learning the open source way – the floss approach Types of content – it's not only bugs ... but it records and displays the most basic questions, answers and the way towards them – so they can be re-used by others
  23. 23. Learning the open source way – the floss approach Re-use – benefit from what others did and experienced ... code, materials, templates, tutorials, discussions, reflections, problem solving processes and solutions, ...
  24. 24. Learning the open source way – the floss approach Reviewed by peers ... for core contributions, individual modifications or on other occasions
  25. 25. Learning the open source way – the floss approach Core, modularity and 3rd party add ons Users do have the option to develop their own modules, or to discuss and suggest new features
  26. 26. Learning the open source way – the floss approach Modules, extensions, add-ons... Modularity allows participation at a low entry level
  27. 27. Learning the open source way – the floss approach ... to enhance the core product Where modules might even have 3rd party sub-modules
  28. 28. Learning the open source way – the floss approach
  29. 29. FLOSS Principles for formal education?!? So what does this show? Content is not something static but dynamic ● Learning resources are manifold ● Users are also active creators ● Support and learning resources are closely connected ● Open and transparent structures foster re-use and discourse, ● but also continuous improvement and evolutionary growth Existence of a wide range of possible activities to engage at ● around the core product Self-studying and learning from what others did are the pre- ● dominant form of learning
  30. 30. Learning the open source way – the floss approach Thank you! Further information at: www.flosscom.net Contact: andreasmeiszner@spi.pt or A.Meiszner@open.ac.uk
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