Learning the Open Source Way

        Opening up education through
          FLOSS-like appro...
FLOSS-like learning basics



                      FLOSS as a learning environment

   Looking at FLOSS in particular and...
FLOSS Principles for formal education?!?



                 Differences when translating FLOSS to education

       Mater...
FLOSS Principles for formal education?!?
FLOSS Principles for formal education?!?



                                 Observations

         Students, teachers and...
FLOSS Principles for formal education?!?



                  Examples - formal educational settings
FLOSS Principles for formal education?!?



                 Examples - informal educational settings
FLOSS Principles for formal education?!?
FLOSS Principles for formal education?!?



                                  Observations

         Students, teachers an...
FLOSS Principles for formal education?!?



                                   Examples
FLOSS Principles for formal education?!?
FLOSS Principles for formal education?!?



                                 Observations

         Students, teachers and...
FLOSS Principles for formal education?!?



                                   Examples
FLOSS Principles for formal education?!?
FLOSS Principles for formal education?!?



                                 Observations

         Students, teachers and...
FLOSS Principles for formal education?!?



                                   Examples
FLOSS-like learning basics



   In which way is the FLOSS-like approach different from the OER
                          ...
FLOSS Principles for formal education?!?



                                Some questions
        How could a FLOSS-like ...
FLOSS Principles for formal education?!?




                                      Thank you!




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This presentation was prepared for the OpenLearn 2007 workshop and is aimed to provide a basic overview on floss-like learning scenarios for educational settings. Currently one can find two types of floss-like learning scenarios that we described as an ‘inside’ and an ‘outside’ approach. The most promising scenario would be however a mixed inside/outside approach.

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Floss Com: Floss / Open Source Like Learning Models

  1. 1.                       Learning the Open Source Way Opening up education through FLOSS-like approaches? OpenLearn 2007 conference Milton Keynes, UK – 29.10.2007
  2. 2. FLOSS-like learning basics FLOSS as a learning environment Looking at FLOSS in particular and the web in general we can see that: 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
  3. 3. FLOSS Principles for formal education?!? Differences when translating FLOSS to education Materials are usually the product of few authors ● Not many contributions from people other than authors ● Basic software usage (and experience): word processor ● Infrequent releases, feedback only seldom considered ● Distribution dependent on publishers ● Prior learning outcomes and processes are not systematically ● available (role of mailing lists/forums and commented code) No or small community and related community services ● No continuous development cycle ● Partly taken from Jesus M. Gonzalez-Barahona, Teo Romera - Edukalibre Project
  4. 4. FLOSS Principles for formal education?!?
  5. 5. FLOSS Principles for formal education?!? Observations Students, teachers and free learners partly use the same web spaces ● and might be connected in an unorganized way ●Teachers’ output might be made available at repositories for the general public (e.g. OER) ●Students’ outputs (e.g. Projects, presentations, papers) are in general ‘lost’, or in the best case available at an internal LCMS ●Students’ learning processes are ‘lost’, or in the best way recorded at informal learning spaces at the web (e.g. discourse at forums) ●Students’ activities do not become part of the course (e.g. Collaborative group works) ●Students’ support is divided into formal support (usually not recorded) and informal support at the web (recorded, but somehow lost for future students) ●Re-use? Partly / Peer-review? Partly / Collaborative content production? Partly / Communities & evolutionary growth? No
  6. 6. FLOSS Principles for formal education?!? Examples - formal educational settings
  7. 7. FLOSS Principles for formal education?!? Examples - informal educational settings
  8. 8. FLOSS Principles for formal education?!?
  9. 9. FLOSS Principles for formal education?!? Observations Students, teachers and free learners partly use the same web spaces ● and might be connected in an unorganized way ●Teachers’ output might be made available at repositories for the general public (e.g. OER) ●Students’ outputs are not ‘lost’, but might be accessible only on a internal level ●Students’ learning processes are ‘lost’, or in the best way recorded at informal learning spaces at the web ●Students’ activities become part of the course ●Students’ support is divided into formal support (usually not recorded) and informal support at the web (recorded, but somehow lost for future students) ●Re-use? Higher than traditional / Peer-review? Higher than traditional / Collaborative content production? Higher than traditional / Communities & evolutionary growth? No
  10. 10. FLOSS Principles for formal education?!? Examples
  11. 11. FLOSS Principles for formal education?!?
  12. 12. FLOSS Principles for formal education?!? Observations Students, teachers and free learners use the same web spaces and are ● connected in an organized way ●Teachers’ output might be made available at repositories for the general public (e.g. OER) ●Students’ outputs are not lost, but widespread at informal learning spaces at the web ●Students’ learning processes are not lost, but widespread at informal learning spaces at the web ●Students’ activities do not become part of the course ●Students’ support is divided into formal support (usually not recorded) and informal support at the web (recorded, but somehow lost for future students) ●Re-use? Low / Peer-review? Yes / Collaborative content production? Yes / Communities & evolutionary growth? No
  13. 13. FLOSS Principles for formal education?!? Examples
  14. 14. FLOSS Principles for formal education?!?
  15. 15. FLOSS Principles for formal education?!? Observations Students, teachers and free learners use the same web spaces and are ● connected in an organized way ●Teachers’ output is made available at repositories for the general public (e.g. OER) ●Students’ outputs are not ‘lost’ and become part of the course or are a further learning resource ●Students’ learning processes are not ‘lost’, with information where to find them recorded at informal learning spaces at the web ●Students’ activities become part of the course ●Students’ support is divided into formal support (usually not recorded) and informal support at the web (recorded, but somehow lost for future students) within known established and mature support environments ●Re-use? Yes / Peer-review? Yes / Collaborative content production? Yes / Communities & evolutionary growth? Yes
  16. 16. FLOSS Principles for formal education?!? Examples
  17. 17. FLOSS-like learning basics In which way is the FLOSS-like approach different from the OER movement? At the current OER movement We create repositories, but not learning communities ● Content is defined and produced in the traditional way ● Content is static, not manifold and rarely updated ● Formal students do not directly engage with OER and thus do ● not engage with external students or free learners Students' / Free learners' learning processes and learning ● outcomes do not become part of something (course, learning resource, product, etc) Support and learning resources are not connected ● We don't really look at motivations and activities to attract free ● learners to become active contributors
  18. 18. FLOSS Principles for formal education?!? Some questions How could a FLOSS-like approach in educational settings be applied? ● Which structures would be required for applying it? How could the FLOSS support model benefit formal education ● How could the concept of “re-use”, “collaborative content creation” and ● “peer review” be translated to formal education What are the FLOSS equivalent motivations and activities in an ● educational setting? What are the similarities and differences between FLOSS and education ● communities? What are the barriers or obstacles to a FLOSS-like approach in ● education? Are there examples of formal educational environments similar to FLOSS ● communities from which we could learn?
  19. 19. FLOSS Principles for formal education?!? Thank you! Further information at: www.flosscom.net Contact: andreasmeiszner@spi.pt or A.Meiszner@open.ac.uk

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