Apprenticeship on the Bleeding Edge of Technology
Friday, March 11 10:15 AM-11:15 AM Location: Bellmeade
Abstract: The GNU/Linux operating system is a cornerstone of Information Technology which is developed through a community of contributors, who often develop and hone their skills within the context of community participation. Participants' status in the community strongly depends on their motivation to learn and to educate others. The GNU/Linux community seems to exemplify learning in the context of legitimate peripheral participation (LPP). The GNU/Linux community's strong emphasis on learning may represent a resource relatively untapped by educators. Therefore, research was conducted to study the significance and impact of LPP on learning within this community. The data collected highlight educational benefits of participation in the GNU/Linux community as well as the instruction of the FOSS framework.