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  • 1. Ubuntu in the Academic Context
    • Dr. Sameer Verma, Ph.D.
    • Associate Professor
    • Information Systems Department
    • San Francisco State University
    • San Francisco, CA 94132 USA
    Ubuntu in Education: Case Studies Panel
  • 2. About Me
      • teach: those of us who can't do...
      • research: diffusion and adoption (open source, mobility)
      • fun: ubuntu, maemo/nokia770, olpc, mythtv, nocat...
  • 3. Courses I Teach
    • ISYS 573 - Managing Open Source
      • Information Systems elective
        • FOSS in general
        • Collaborative software development
        • Licensing
        • Business models
        • Software maturity models
  • 4. FOSS in general
    • Introduction to FOSS on Windows
      • The Open CD
    • Introduction to Ubuntu
      • Live CD + voluntary installs
      • Linux Lab with Ubuntu
    • Introduction to the Open Source “community”
      • Field study: Attend a LUG meeting
      • Guest Speakers
  • 5. Courses I Teach
    • ISYS 568 – Multimedia Business Application Development
      • Information Systems elective
        • Use of multimedia applications
        • Graphics, Animation, Desktop Publishing, Audio, Video, Web
        • Content creation and licensing
        • Business models
  • 6. Multimedia Applications
    • The experiment
      • Software needed for the class: Approx. $200
      • Will a student at a public university spend $200 on software for a semester?
      • Can FOSS tools adequately fill the need?
    • Important: Choice of tool should be based on the curriculum and not the other way around.
  • 7. Applications
      • GIMP – Bitmapped graphics
      • Blender – 3D rendering
      • Inkscape – Scalable Vector Graphics
      • Audacity – Audio editing and manipulation
      • Scribus – Desktop Publishing
      • Tux paint – Fun for kids...and grown ups!
      • Kino – Non-linear Digital Video Editor
      • Drupal * – Web 2.0 CMS
    *Server-side
  • 8. Examples
      • Elephant's Dream
      • CG animation made entirely with FOSS
  • 9. Assignment
    • ccmixter.org
        • Audio assignment based on ccmixter.org samples and loops
        • Students download vocals, drum loops, effects, etc. and use Audacity to mix and recreate tracks.
        • Learn audio tools and legal aspects via Creative Commons licenses
  • 10. Lab
    • Communication and Advanced Computing Lab
      • Limited/specialty software lab
        • Dual-boot Windows XP and Linux
        • Windows XP
          • Simulation
          • Statistical Analysis
        • Linux
          • GIMP, Inkscape, Audacity, etc.
  • 11. Lab
    • Dual boot Ubuntu Edgy (upgraded from Dapper) and Windows XP.
    • Installation and upgrades are labor-intensive.
    • Actively exploring LTSP on Edubuntu platform
      • Multiboot environment: PXE boot for Linux with Windows XP on local disk
      • Target date: Fall 2007
      • More details at: http://opensource.sfsu.edu/medusa
  • 12. Adoption
    • Ajzen, I., & Fishbein, M. (1973). Attitudinal and normative variables as predictors of specific behavior. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 27, 41- 57.
    • Rogers, Everett M. (1962). Diffusion of Innovation. New York, NY: New York: Free Press.
    • Moore, G. C. and I. Benbasat (1991). Development of an instrument to measure the perceptions of adopting an information technology innovation. Information Systems Research Vol 2 No 3 pp 173-191.
    Adoption & Use Intent Beliefs Perceptions
  • 13. Perceptions influence Adoption
    • Ajzen, I., & Fishbein, M. (1973). Attitudinal and normative variables as predictors of specific behavior. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 27, 41- 57.
    • Rogers, Everett M. (1962). Diffusion of Innovation. New York, NY: New York: Free Press.
    • Moore, G. C. and I. Benbasat (1991). Development of an instrument to measure the perceptions of adopting an information technology innovation. Information Systems Research Vol 2 No 3 pp 173-191.
    Perceived Attributes Adoption & Use Perceptions Trialability Observability Compatibility Ease-of-use Relative Advantages Voluntariness
  • 14. Relative Advantages
    • Virus? What virus?
    • Guilt-free is better than just “free”.
      • Concept of “free as in $0.00” does not sell well.
      • There is no such thing as “borrowing software”.
      • Do you steal software?
    • Keeping up with the times.
    • New skill set.
      • Improves marketability.
  • 15. Ease-of-Use
    • Live CDs are a boon.
      • Try all you want and install when you are ready.
    • Open CD as an introduction to FOSS on Windows.
    • Synaptic rocks!!!
    • Problems:
      • Wireless does not work.
      • Cannot display via projectors out of the box.
      • Suspend/Hibernate not reliable.
  • 16. Compatibility
    • Yes, but does it run Word ™ ?
      • Support for different formats in OpenOffice.
      • Introduce the topic of Open Document Format.
    • Homework & assignments may not be compatible with FOSS platforms.
      • Example: Microsoft Access
      • Lack of tutorial books
      • Spreadsheets do not support statistical analysis
  • 17. Observability
    • Practice what you preach
      • I use Ubuntu on my laptop for all my presentations.
    • Showcase cool apps/features
      • Beryl
      • “Save as PDF” in OpenOffice
      • PDFCreator
    • Showcase “linux only” apps
      • GRAMPS, Kino
  • 18. Trialability
    • Live CDs are good, but slow.
    • VMware images + player works well.
      • Downloading via bittorrent became an interesting exercise.
  • 19. Voluntariness
    • How voluntary is the adoption?
      • Classroom use can be perceived as mandatory
    • Assignment focuses on concepts, not tools
      • Use Photoshop or GIMP. Just make sure your copy of Photoshop is legit!
    • Repeated use of good FOSS tools improves acceptance.
  • 20. Assessment
    • Are students really satisfied with a FOSS platform?
    • We are conducting a survey using a “user satisfaction” instrument.
    • Warning: Our sample is not representative!!!
      • SF State > Business > Information Systems > Elective
      • External validity weak.
      • Repeat studies with other samples may help.
        • Interested? Contact: [email_address]
  • 21. Lessons learned
    • FOSS apps/platform/distros must meet curriculum needs.
    • Advocacy works. Evangelism does not. Show them yet another option. Let them choose.
    • Demonstrate new technology more transparently.
    • Study collaborative software development.
    • Examine business ethics.
    • Have a lot more fun!!!
  • 22. Contact