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Title: Peer production & peer support at the Free Technology Academy
Authors: Potters, Hanneke
Berlanga, Adriana
Bijlsma, Lex
Keywords: free software
open educational resources
peer production
peer learning
instructional design
social capital
Issue Date: 31-Jan-2012
Abstract: The Free Technology Academy (FTA) is a programme of master-level courses on Free Software and Open Standards that publishes all of its materials as Open Educational Resources. The FTA is run through a virtual campus, entirely based on Free Software and implemented as part of a European project. The goal is to make the production of course materials economically sustainable. We surmise that peer production is an alternative that will foster the sustainability of the FTA. Our ultimate goal is to identify how peer production can be fostered and supported. To that end, in this paper we first describe the FTA educational methodology as well as the characteristics of peer production. Next, we present some evidence that shows the motivation people have to participate in peer production, mainly in Free Software, as well as the importance of Learning Networks in this context. Thereafter, we discuss our initial thoughts about what lessons can be drawn. Finally, we present conclusions and future work.
Description: Potters, H., Berlanga, A. J., & Lex, B. (2011). Peer Production & Peer Support at the Free Technology Academy. In G. van de Veer, P. B. Sloep, & M. van Eekelen (Eds.), Proceedings Computer Science Education Research Conference (CSERC '11) (pp. 49-58). April, 7-8, 2011, Heerlen, The Netherlands: ACM.
ISBN: 9789035819870
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