This morning I was able to attend the first session of RIT’s Humanitarian FOSS class.
As some of you know, the class has been running since Spring of 2009, but this time around it seemed like a much better start than we’ve had over the previous quarters the class is run.
While I’d like to point you to the one thing that has me feeling more positive about the course, the truth is, there isn’t one thing.
Instead, it’s lots of little things that have morphed into what looks like it’s going to be a well oiled machine. Of course I know that won’t be the case because there will be things to work on no matter how well the class goes.
But still, I walked away feeling really positive and energized about this quarters syllabus and the students in the class. I’m really psyched about the newly regrouped Pythonistas and Rochester OLPC user group being combined to better support the class.
Next Tuesday I’ll be giving a short guest lecture on FOSS Community mores. It will cover some basics like using IRC and what we feel is effective communication. I’ve also been asked to work “How to tell if a FLOSS project is doomed to FAIL” into the slides as well.
I’ll post my slides when I get them done, so watch for those on the TOS wiki.