Peer Production Howison

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Course Peer Production (Open Source Software, Wikipedia, & Beyond)
Institution U. T. Austin
Instructor(s) James Howison
Course Overview This course explores “peer production” which is a name for the open collaborations that produce things like open source software and Wikipedia
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Student Characteristics
Prerequisites Basic knowledge of software development skills

Learning Objectives

Students will be able to:

  • Conceptually distinguish peer production from other organizational forms or phenomena, such as corporations, crowdsourcing, open access publishing, and communities of practice.
  • Reason about how, why, and when peer production works (and when it does not!)
  • Engage critically with published research and popular discourse about peer production

Practically students will be able to:

  • Install and use git to manage versions in their own work
  • Participate in github hosted peer production (making and receiving pull requests)
  • Create and publish documents in markdown and wikitext format
  • Ask technical questions that people want to answer
  • Participate in a peer production project of their choice