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  1. Open Source Web Courses • Gregory Abowd, Amy Bruckman, and Mark Guzdial • GVU Center, College of Computing • Goal: • Create reusable, effective, and tailorable learning resources via open source methods.

  2. Open Source Software • Free software created through networked communities • Bug fixes, enhancements, even documentation contributed as a common good

  3. Scenario: Needing and Finding • Jan needs to teach an HCI class • He goes to the HCI Open Source Web Course (OSWC) • Finds examples of past classes • With pedigree/history of each attached • Finds examples of past lectures and other materials • A virtual community is available for discussing issues and maintaining the resource base

  4. Scenario: Extending • Jan creates a new Study Plan • He identifies a great lecture with an old example • He extends the lecture with a new example • Both the new study plan and the new lecture are contributed back to the HCI OSWC • Development histories are updated • Prior versions are also available with pointers forward

  5. Scenario: Involving Students • As Jan teaches his class, students write up projects for potential cases for future students • With students’ approval, these are contributed as examples to the HCI OSWC • At some other time: Pat decides to create her own study plan, contribute her own projects, tailor her own resources

  6. General Themes • Teachers and students need learning resources • Many can be shared with individual tailoring • Development as a community:value-added • Opportunity for learning through Constructionism

  7. Who We Are • Gregory Abowd • Research in ubiquitous computing, creator of Classroom 2000 for lecture capture and review • Amy Bruckman • Research in virtual learning communities, creator of MediaMOO and MOOSE Crossing • Mark Guzdial • Research in collaborative multimedia, creator of CoWeb

  8. Current State • C2000 + CoWeb • Captured lecture as index for out-of-class extended discussion • MediaMOO Revisited • Combining strengths of the Web (multimedia, distributed) with MUDs (real-time interaction, spatial metaphor)

  9. Challenges • Formats and platforms • Control/access privileges • Effective moderation and attribution

  10. Benefits of Open Source Web Courses • Similar to Open Source Software • Fast, high-quality production of material • Creation of community • Unique to OSWC • Opportunities for credit/fame to educators and students • Opportunities for sharing and community around content themes