Lessons Learned from Teaching Open Source Software Development

Abstract : Free/Open Source Software allows students to learn valuable real world skills and experiences, as well as a create a portfolio to show future employers. However, the learning curve to joining FOSS can be daunting, often leading newcomers to walk away frustrated. Universities therefore need to find ways to provide a structured introduction to students, helping them overcome the barriers to entry. This paper describes two courses taught at two universities, built around a Communities of Practice model, and the lessons learned from these. Suggestions and insights are shared for how to structure and evaluate such courses for maximum effect.
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Becka Morgan, Carlos Jensen. Lessons Learned from Teaching Open Source Software Development. 10th IFIP International Conference on Open Source Systems (OSS), May 2014, San José, Costa Rica. pp.133-142, ⟨10.1007/978-3-642-55128-4_18⟩. ⟨hal-01373081⟩

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