Krish Narayanan is a professor in the Department of Computer Science at Eastern Michigan University. She also serves as the undergraduate advisor in the department, a faculty fellow in the Honors College, and the faculty advisor for Women in CS club. She teaches both undergraduate and graduate courses, ranging from Intro to Programming to Advanced Database Systems. Her teaching and research interests are in the areas of databases and software engineering, with a focus on design. She has been actively involved in CS education over the past few years.
In her spare time, she teaches computer science to kids, especially middle and high school girls (Girls in Computing). She has been an avid Science Olympiad coach/supervisor for many years. She runs an event called iCompute for an elementary science olympiad. She has coached a few Girls in Computing teams to compete at the EMU High School Programming competition.
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POSSE Stage 1 Activities - Pre-workshop
Intro to Wikis
1. How do people interact? Just like other IM interactions.
2. What is the pattern of communication? People in the chat room can communicate with all or with individual users. They can also issue IRC commands like /help.
3. Are there any terms that seem to have special meaning? Any text prefixed with # is a MeetBot command.
4. What advantages might IRC have over other real-time communication methods (like Google Chat or Facebook Messenger?) Are there potential disadvantages? Looks and feels techie! MeetBot and other services are a plus.
5. Can you make any other observations? The MeetBot summarizes the meeting pretty well. I understand that it is more work for the meeting chair but it is worth the trouble.
6. Bonus question: Why didn't Heidi and Darci's actions get picked up by the meetbot? A username is case-sensitive. The MeetBot looks for usernames in interactions for action assignments.
Sample HFOSS projects
- computer use in education (K-12)
- many roles, such as, educator, developer, designer, translator
- base module is called Glucose
- base activity modules are called Fructose
- Google Summer of Code
- last push in March 2014!
- humanitarian platform for solutions to disaster management, development, environmental management
- many roles, such as, devloper, tester, translator, designer, GIS specialist
- Communication through Google Groups, IRC, mail lists
- last active ticket in 2015
- Open Hub project since 2007
- a platform to store medical records for healthcare
- initial adoption in Kenya
- targeted towards non-programmers to help them customize a solution to their needs
- last commit was in August 2016
FOSS project hosting
A search for "Education" on the website and further refining the search to "Puzzle Games" resulted in 227 projects. There are 65 Java, 59 C++, 27 Python projects included and many more. Each project has a status associated with it, such as, stable, alpha, planning, etc. These indicate the stage of the development cycle they are in. For example, FindThatWord is in beta testing while FS.WordFinder is in production. The projects can be sorted using different criteria, such as, last updated, most popular, and rating. Brain workshop seems to be the most popular wheres Ohod Quiz Game seems to be the last updated.
I liked these projects:
- Brain Workshop
- Build your own jeopardy
- Brain speed test
Brain Workshop is a Python project implementing a popular brain exercise. It is obvious from the reviews that anyone interested in mental exercises would like this app. There are 5 committers to the project. The last update was in August 2015. This is not a suitable project for contribution since it is well in production. There doesn't seem to be many maintenance/change requests.
Walkthrough of OpenMRS
Mission-critical criteria : Viability
1. Size/Scale/Complexity: A closer look at OpenMRS's architecture shows that a number of different tools and technologies are in play here. With over 3 million LOC and the use of multiple programming languages, I would rate this project a 3 on a scale of 1 to 3 for its size/scale/complexity. The high rating is warranted considering the small projects that students are usually working on in CS classrooms.
The use of MVC pattern, Spring framework, Hibernate for object-relational mapping, and MySQL is a good blend of different technologies that students in our curriculum have been exposed to in a CS classes. It would be a good learning experience for them to bring them all together in one application.
6. User support
Mission-critical criteria : Approachability
1. Project on-ramp:
2. Contributor types
3. Openness to contributions:
4. Student friendliness
Mission-critical criteria : Suitability
1. Project description:
3. Development features