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If MOOCs are the Cathedral, What's the Bazaar?

Talk for #Lilly13 at UNCG on applying principles of Open Source Development to Course Development.
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Barry Peddycord III

on 9 February 2013

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Transcript of If MOOCs are the Cathedral, What's the Bazaar?

if moocs are the cathedral what's the bazaar? barry peddycord iii north carolina state university
@isharacomix #lilly13 #catb what is a mooc? massively
open
online
course what do these words mean to you? open mind
door
campus
access
formats
source open source is not about price... or licenses... it's about a community where everyone is invited to collaborate the role of teachers in moocs is not only
instruction &
design... but also
management & maintenance there is much that teachers can learn from open source projects basically what i'm saying is... so before we get started... what about this metaphor:
cathedral & bazaar?

what does it mean to education?
what does it mean to you? I'm doing a (free) operating system (just a hobby, won't be big and professional like gnu) for 386(486) AT clones. This has been brewing since april, and is starting to get ready. I'd like any feedback on things people like/dislike in minix, as my OS resembles it somewhat (same physical layout of the file-system (due to practical reasons) among other things).

I've currently ported bash(1.08) and gcc(1.40), and things seem to work. This implies that I'll get something practical within a few months, and I'd like to know what features most people would want. Any suggestions are welcome, but I won't promise I'll implement them :-)

Linus (torvalds@kruuna.helsinki.fi) - 1991 source code made available
anyone could try it out
contributions were welcome
hundreds of contributors
it was really good! linux was different! how is this possible? conventional wisdom tells us that
too many cooks spoil the soup the cathedral and the bazaar enter eric s raymond it was a metaphor
and a case study foss developer since the eighties the creation of fetchmail an open source e-mail service makes nineteen claims about
open source development
how it works
how to make it work don't worry - i'm not going to cover them all ;) what can mooc teachers learn from the open source world? starting off role of students collaboration the endgame (5) when you lose interest in a program, your last duty is to hand it off to a competent successor recognize when the community doesn't need you anymore (7) release early, release often. and listen to your customers
(8) given enough eyeballs, all bugs are shallow. (linus's law) (6) treating your users as co-developers is your least-hassle route to rapid code improvement and effective debugging
(11) the next best thing to having good ideas is recognizing good ideas from your users. sometimes the latter is better (1) every good work of software starts by scratching a developer's particular itch
(2) good programmers know what to write. great programmers know what to rewrite (and reuse)
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