POSSE 2013-06 Stage 2 Activities

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Participants completing the Stage 2 workshop will be able to:

  • Name and explain a variety of learning activities that student participation in HFOSS projects may include
  • Plan and implement HFOSS activities appropriate for their curriculum and students
  • Explain challenges and opportunities of student HFOSS participation
  • Discuss key aspects of FOSS culture and process
  • Select HFOSS projects better suited for student participation
  • Identify key sources of information for learning about HFOSS
  • Participate in POSSE Stage 3


Below is the schedule for the during-workshop activities.

Time Activity Team
Day 1 (Evening)
5:30 Leave the hotel for POSSE All
6:00 1.1 Welcome
  • Plan for the evening
  • Welcome to Philadelphia and the iSchool
  • Introducing everyone - a group task over dinner
    • Using an Etherpad
      • Enter your own name
      • Enter one or two "fun facts" about someone else, who you will introduce to the group
Greg, Stoney
6:30 Dinner All
7:15 1.2 Overview
  • Introduction of participants
  • Schedule - overview of the two days
  • HFOSS, POSSE, and foss2serve
    • Introduction of the OpenFE team
  • Brief history of FOSS
Heidi, Greg
8:45 Return to the hotel All
Day 2
8:00 Leave the hotel for POSSE All
8:15 Continental breakfast All
8:30 2.1 Examples of HFOSS in Education
  • 50 ways to be a FOSSer - the variety of different contributions that can be made
  • Examples of actual student contributions
Stoney, Heidi, Cam
9:15 2.2 HFOSS in the Curriculum
  • Discussion of options for getting started
  • Example: A single HFOSS assignment in a course
  • Example: HFOSS in a project course
  • Example: HFOSS as a course
  • HFOSS beyond the curriculum
Greg, Karl
10:00 Break All
10:30 2.3 Understanding Open Source Communities
  • Based on examples from 2-3 HFOSS projects
  • Basic information: contact person, guide to getting started, Project Selection evaluation summary
  • Understanding the community landscape and process
  • Becoming a participant: lurking, joining the community, being visible, finding things to do
  • Background: Building on results of Stage 1.B.1 and 1.B.4 learning activities
Joanie, Ruth, Heidi
12:00 Lunch
  • Food for thought: Michael Brennan, SecondMuse - Extracurricular HFOSS
    • National Day of Civic Hacking
    • Random Hacks of Kindness
1:00 2.4 Understanding POSSE Stage 3
  • MouseTrap - as a prototype Stage 3 group
  • Discussion of projects and indication of interest
  • Evaluation in Stage 3
  • Group Informatics
Greg, Darci, John, Sean
1:45 2.5 Pedagogy and Course Management
  • Trying to find the right size student project
  • Evaluating student work
  • Licensing and intellectual property
  • Instructional style: mentoring vs. lecturing; instructor as co-learner
Heidi, Karl
2:30 Break All
3:00 2.6 Exercise - First Activity
  • Planning a first HFOSS activity at your institution
  • Planning participation in POSSE Stage 3
5:00 Return to the hotel All
6:30 Dinner - Pietro's, 1714 Walnut St. (meet in the Sonesta lobby at 6:15) All
Day 3
8:00 Leave the hotel (checkout first) All
8:15 Continental breakfast All
8:30 3.1 HFOSS Process and Tools: Communication
  • How tools fit and support HFOSS culture
    • IRC and meetbots: Why don't we just use video chat?
    • Wikis, forums, listservs
    • Blogs and planets
Sean, Greg, Ruth, Joanie
9:15 3.2 HFOSS Process and Tools: Coordination and Control
  • Upstream Adoption
    • Version control - role in a FOSS project
    • How to get a change committed.
Heidi, Stoney, Joanie
10:00 Break All
10:30 3.3 Sharing HFOSS Learning Activities
  • Goal: to create a shared set of HFOSS learning activities
  • Standard information to define each learning activity
  • Existing learning activities and places to share new ones
    • foss2serve.org, teachingopensource.org, swenet.org, computingportal.org
  • Brainstorming session
    • Where would you like to have an HFOSS activity in your curriculum?
    • What would that activity be?
Greg, Darci
11:30 3.4 Getting Started on a Project
  • Alternatives
    • Download and install an HFOSS project (Stage 3 choice)
    • Identify a small contribution that you could make.
    • Talk about how you would create student deliverables?
Heidi, Stoney, Joanie
12:00 Lunch
  • Food for thought: Tim Siftar, Special Libraries Association
    • Libraries as resources for disaster response
    • HFOSS opportunities
1:00 3.4 Getting Started on a Project - continued
2:00 3.5 Stage 3 - First Steps
  • What will the group do together?
  • Plan some initial activities (faculty only or faculty and students)
  • Discuss group communication
Heidi, Lori
3:00 3.6 Going Forward
  • Evaluation form
  • Open discussion
  • Closing remarks
Heidi, Greg
4:00 End - shuttles and taxi to airport/train All





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  • channel: foss2serve

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