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Open Source Software: the Challenge Ahead

For open source software, the real challenge lies ahead — taking free software to the mass market, to your grandparents, to your nieces and nephews, to your friends. If we are to be successful we need to articulate the audacious goals clearly and loudly – because that’s how the community process works best.

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Free as in Freedom: Richard Stallman’s Crusade for Free Software

Free as in Freedom interweaves biographical snapshots of GNU project founder Richard Stallman with the political, social and economic history of the free software movement.

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Intro to IRC (Activity)

Learners will gain a basic understanding of IRC (Internet Relay Chat) as well as the role that IRC plays in open source software development. Participants will learn about IRC etiquette and explore the interactions that occur between members of an open source community.

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Open Source Communication Activity

Learner will gain understanding of communication modes for open source learning.

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Connect with the Community

Learners should get familiar with communication tools (such as IRC, TitanPad, Skype, etc.) that are commonly used by FOSS communities.

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OpenMRS.Setup

Introduction to the OpenMRS project.

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Propose a New Feature

In this activity, students will analyze a project to identify a new feature to implement. They will document and propose this new feature to the community. To do so, they will need to learn and follow the coding and communication practices of the project community.

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Reproduce a Bug Activity

High level description of what the student will do

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Test Installation Instructions

The goal of this activity is to test the correctness and completeness of the download and installation instructions for a FOSS project.

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Think for Good – Hacking Government Open Data

Students will visit a government open data portal, assess the findability, readability, and usability of a data set, and articulate a strategy for improving the data set.

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Understanding Creative Commons

Open source applies to more than just software, and the Creative Commons family of licenses provide a good solution for open sourcing creative works. This module helps students understand the purpose of Creative Commons licenses and be comfortable with the different license choices available.

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UX Review

Students will learn about user experience fundamentals and then interact with an existing open source software project to perform a Usability Review. A usability review involves observing a user (another student) while they attempt to use the software, and recording observations. The students will create a Usability Report that details their observations in a structured manner, and pulls together a larger understanding of the results.

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Bio of a FOSS Person

Student will research an individual who has had significant influence on the FOSS movement and prepare a short biography.

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Blog Activity

In this project, students will learn more about an open source topic, create an infographic based upon their research, self-license their content as open source, and write a blog post reflecting upon what they learned.

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Open Vs Proprietary Mock Debate

A teacher holds a mock debate in-class around which software paradigm is superior, Open Source or Proprietary. Initially the students prepare for it through research and argument structuring. Afterwards, they hold the in-class debate, allowing each side to talk and rebut. The event could also beneficially take place on IRC chat.

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Origins of Free Libre Software

Students are offered some key and optional readings, whereupon they will be asked questions to answer. This can be given as homework, or as an in-class quiz. The questions are a mix of definitive and open-ended questions. Answers and grading-suggestions are given.

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OS Project Comparison Activity

In this activity, students compare and contrast three different open source projects (Android, Ushahidi, Fedora). Students will gain a basic understanding of why these exist as open source projects, as well as the operating models and licensing used by each. Students will be provided with directed readings and will answer specific questions to develop the comparisons.

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Understanding Creative Commons

Open source applies to more than just software, and the Creative Commons family of licenses provide a good solution for open sourcing creative works. This module helps students understand the purpose of Creative Commons licenses and be comfortable with the different license choices available.

, creative commons, license, licensing, foss2serve.org
The Cathedral and the Bazaar reading

Full text of “The Cathedral and the Bazaar” by Eric Raymond

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Blog Activity Learners will create a personal blog and post to it. ,
FOSS Field Trip – Browsing a Forge Learners will gain an understanding of the breadth of available FOSS projects. Learners will also gain an understanding of the identifying characteristics of FOSS projects including pattern of contributions, patterns of commits, programming languages used , forge,
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