Teaching Open Source Summit 2009-10-29

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This is the planning page for the Teaching Open Source Summit 2009. If you are interested in attending, you can head directly to the TOSS09 page.


The first of the Teaching Open Source Summits will be held as a pre-conference activity to the Free Software and Open Source Symposium on October 29, 2009, at Seneca College, Seneca@York campus, Toronto.


To-Do List

  • Need two people to take leadership and run with this.
  • Decide on a session schedule and format or multiple formats (perhaps morning with one format/afternoon with another, or two in parallel).
  • Identify and arrange session topics and speakers (this may line up with other projects).
  • Work on getting the word out about this event, and getting everyone who is involved in teaching open source there.
  • Identify potential invitees (these may be people we want to ask to be speakers/panelists/etc).
  • Put together a web site (using this wiki) to point people at.


Via IRC and/or conference call (link to IRC log):

Main Topics

Session Ideas

  • Case studies
  • Educational models
  • Research models
  • Funding models
  • Community involvement

Selected Topics

  • To be determined

Session Schedule and Structure

  • Thurday, October 29, 2009

Rough schedule as sketched out in IRC meeting 2009-03-30:

Time Session(s)
9:00-10:00 am Welcome and Keynote
10:00-10:20 am Coffee Break
10:20-11:05 am Panels Session A (multiple panels or group discussions)
11:15-12:00 am Panels Session B (multiple panels or group discussions)
12:00-1:00 pm Lunch
1:00-3:00 pm Unconference/Barcamp
3:00-4:00 pm Wrap-up Session

Panel Ideas

  • Mentorship experiences
  • POSSE Update -- POSSE participants giving an review of the program and what they're doing in teaching open source based on that experience
  • Introducing Students to FOSS Projects How to facilitate engagement of students into existing FOSS projects ?
  • Curriculum Panel What should be the curriculum of an Open Source training ?
  • Tinkering How to provide hardware/software platforms that students can tinker with ?

Available Facilities

  • Rooms available include 128-seat and 160-seat stepped theatres, two 35-40 seat case study rooms, a 60-seat (with tables)/100 seat (no tables) room with flexible layout, and multiple 35-40 seat classrooms with various layouts. Other rooms can be booked if necessary. All rooms are equipped with a video projector with laptop hookup and multiboot (Linux/Windows) PC; larger rooms also have a sound system. A separate break room/lounge and lunch facility are provided.

Event Promotion

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Travel Funding

It would be great to get everyone teaching open source in the same room. Travel funding is being considered by several organizations, and we may need to establish an application procedure for that funding. A (very rough) set of draft criteria for awarding the funds has been written.