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The FLOSSCom team and Ubuntu Education launched the "Learning the Open Source Way" project with a ‘Virtual and On-Campus Summer University’ starting at the 3rd of July. The Summer University is a ...

The FLOSSCom team and Ubuntu Education launched the "Learning the Open Source Way" project with a ‘Virtual and On-Campus Summer University’ starting at the 3rd of July. The Summer University is a 12 week open access session with the objective of developing a toolkit on ‘Learning the Open Source Way’.
The summer university will be conducted as a joint event together with Ubuntu Education.
We especially encourage students to take the chance and engage with experts throughout the globe. We ask everyone to feel free to bring in their knowledge, thoughts and energy, without any fees or enrolment criteria. The invitation is open to learners who have no, little or a great deal of experience with FLOSS communities.
For further information on the FLOSSCom project: www.flosscom.net
Summer University Toolkit Development Space: http://wiki.ubuntu.com/flosscom
Summer University Work Space at Ubuntu / Launchpad: http://launchpad.net/flosscom

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Learning the Open Source Way Summer University 2007 Learning the Open Source Way Summer University 2007 Presentation Transcript

      • Virtual & On-Campus Summer University July 3 rd to September 30 th 2007
    Learning the Open Source way: the FLOSS approach                       
    • What is it about and where it takes place
      • Learning the open source way – the floss approach
    • The Summer University is a 12 week open access session
    • With the objective of developing a toolkit on ‘Learning the Open Source Way’
    • Conducted as a joint event with Ubuntu Education
    • Taking place at the following virtual spaces:
        • http://www.flosscom.net
        • http://launchpad.net/flosscom
        • http://wiki.ubuntu.com/flosscom
        • http://launchpad.net/~flosscomteam
    • Summer University Objectives:
      • The On-Campus and Virtual Summer University aims to:
      • Analyse the effectiveness of a FLOSS-like learning community in educational settings
      • Together with all involved stakeholders (flosse posse, students, teachers, etc.)
      • Through virtual interaction within a FLOSS-like environment, and supported by on-campus activities
      • To use the results of the different summer university's activities and outcomes to feed them into a toolkit on “Learning the open source way”
      • The toolkit should enable educator and student to apply open source principles in education
      • Learning the open source way – the floss approach
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    • Are Floss Communities good Learning Environments?
      • Learning the open source way – the floss approach
    • They might be, because of:
    • Open and inclusive ethos: everyone can participate, no charges, no deadlines, life long
    • Up to date content; everyone can add, edit and update the content
    • A large support network; provided voluntarily by the community member in a collaborative manner nearly 24/7
    • Free Riders welcome paradoxe – the more the better
    • New ICT solutions are adapted early by the community
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      • Learning the open source way – the floss approach
    So, how is it in FLOSS? And what might be relevant?
  • FLOSS Principles for formal education?!?
    • The community factor
    Apache community – Source Faz.net, Author unknown
  • FLOSS Principles for formal education?!?
    • A large variety of information spaces
    FLOSS Community Places (source http://innovationcreators.com/wp/?p=70
  • FLOSS Principles for formal education?!?
    • Individual learning, community support,...
    Learning is happening...
  • FLOSS Principles for formal education?!?
    • ... product development, or off topic socialisation spaces
    ... in a larger context...
  • FLOSS Principles for formal education?!?
    • ... provided by and for the community
    ... and a larger community 117 new members within 4h41m
  • FLOSS Principles for formal education?!?
    • Community support services
    User help user; a double gain where both learn; lurkers welcome
  • FLOSS Principles for formal education?!?
    • 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
  • FLOSS Principles for formal education?!?
    • Where community support meets content production
  • FLOSS Principles for formal education?!?
    • Where community support meets content production
    Don't produce if you can re-use!
  • FLOSS Principles for formal education?!?
    • Where community support meets content production
    The different roles of bugs: nasty evil and community builder
  • FLOSS Principles for formal education?!?
    • Where community support meets content production
    The value of feedback and discourse – anyone asked for further bugs?
  • FLOSS Principles for formal education?!?
    • Developer the small core of the community
  • FLOSS Principles for formal education?!?
    • Types of content – it's not only bugs
    ... but it seems to be simple and yet working out
  • FLOSS Principles for formal education?!?
    • Types of content – it's not only bugs
    ...and it's not about state-of-the-art technology, but...?
  • FLOSS Principles for formal education?!?
    • Types of content – it's not only bugs
    ... and it's produced by the help of EVERYONE
  • FLOSS Principles for formal education?!?
    • Types of content – it's not only bugs
    ... and under current reconsideration of processes and structures
  • FLOSS Principles for formal education?!?
    • 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
    • Re-use – benefit from what others did and experienced
    FLOSS Principles for formal education?!? ... code, materials, templates, tutorials, discussions, reflections, problem solving processes and solutions, ...
    • Reviewed by peers
    FLOSS Principles for formal education?!? ... for core contributions, individual modifications or on other occasions
    • Learning in Floss Communities is:
    FLOSS Principles in pedagogical terms Informal / self-organized / problem based / practice based / experiential / incidental / reflection-on-action / tacit knowledge transfer by observation, imitation, and practice / re-experience what others experienced before / enabling re-experience by decreasing complexity and transactive group memory / enabling re-experience by guidance, openness and legitimate peripheral participation / enabling re-experience by asynchronous communication and virtual experimentation / individual processes of learning and collective knowledge building / double-loop learning through social interaction and competent use of technologies
    • Differences when translating FLOSS to education
    FLOSS Principles for formal 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
    • Differences & possibilities when translating FLOSS to education
    FLOSS Principles for formal education?!?
    • Questions 1
      • Learning the open source way – the floss approach
    • So how could (formal) education benefit from FLOSS approaches?
    • Which are the initial questions that should be answered?
    • Are there any test-beds that could be used?
    • Are there any existent projects that should be looked at?
    • Which similar environments might be of relevance (e.g. Wikipedia / wikiversity)?
    • Questions 2
      • Learning the open source way – the floss approach
    • What are the features of FLOSS communities that could be beneficial in education?
    • 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 barriers or obstacles to a FLOSS-like approach in education?
    • What are the similarities and differences between FLOSS and education communities?
    • Are there characteristics found in both virtual and face to face communities?
    • Are there examples of formal educational environments similar to FLOSS communities?
    • When is this useful /applicable in higher education?
      • Learning the open source way – the floss approach
    • Feel like contributing?
    • Join in and contribute to the project and bring in first hand information.
    • Discuss, analyse and evaluate the differences between informal learning environments, like FLOSS communities and formal educational settings.
    • Assist us in examining the effectiveness of a FLOSS-like learning community in a formal educational setting.
    • Help us to identify ways of transferring some of the underlying FLOSS principles to formal education.
    • Point out existing examples in education and examine why these do not provide the types of constructivist learning environments observed in FLOSS communities.
    • Provide any examples of formal educational environments similar to FLOSS communities.
  • FLOSSCom Tools Survey
    • We are also currently running a survey
    • ( http://docs.google.com/View?docid=dfxjbdxs_36f8b223 )
    • In the case you find some minutes we would be certainly glad to have you participating
    • It is conveniently accessible through www.flosscom.net
    FLOSSCom Tools Survey
  • Promote the Summer University! Help us to get the word through! Get the flyer, circulate it, raise awareness, be active! Get the flyer here: FLOSSCom Summer University Flyer - PDF http://flosscom.net/index.php?option=com_docman&task=doc_download&gid=101&Itemid=116 FLOSSCom Summer University Flyer - JPG http://flosscom.net/index.php?option=com_docman&task=doc_download&gid=55&Itemid=116
  • And finally the second: Feel like adding something? Disagree? Fine! Be invited to contribute to this document! Contact: [email_address] or [email_address]