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Open Sourcing the Pedagogy to Activate the Learning Process

Open Sourcing the Pedagogy to Activate the Learning Process
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Author(s): Alan Rea (Haworth College of Business, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, USA)and Nick Yeates (UMBC, Baltimore, USA)
Copyright: 2021
Pages: 18
Source title: Research Anthology on Usage and Development of Open Source Software
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Information Resources Management Association (USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-7998-9158-1.ch016


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Information systems graduates increasingly need to understand the collaborative, technology-driven practices inspired by open source software development that are fundamentally changing today's workplace. To meet this challenge, instructors must bring open source principles and technologies to active learning experiences. In this paper, the authors describe how nineteen undergraduates in a web development and design course at a Midwest university worked collaboratively with leading open-source software provider, Red Hat, to revamp the Teaching Open Source website. Accommodating this semester-length project required making significant revisions to course structure, instructional strategy, and assessments. The authors also describe the challenges of integrating these practices into the classroom and conclude with project reflections, including cautions and suggestions for instructors considering similar initiatives to move away from the “instructor as expert” paradigm to “meritocracy rule” thereby enabling students to make decisions with impacts beyond the classroom.

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