A new culture of learning in open source education

Introducing the new culture of learning

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Education is broken, but there is a new culture of learning gaining traction, according to Sebastian Dziallas, a student at the Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering.

He describes how fluid learning (departing from the 20th century "stable" structure) is first seeing what's going on (hanging out), then sticking your feet in the water (messing around), and finally getting deeply involved (geeking out).

Dziallas describes his college, and all other learning programs that adopt an open source culture, as communities of practice comprised of teachers who encourage students to experiment, question and play.

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About the author

Sebastian Dziallas - Sebastian Dziallas is Events Coordinator for the Teaching Open Source initiative and lead Fedora packager for Etherpad, a browser-based realtime collaborative text editor. He travels internationally to speak at and organize education tracks at FOSS conferences such as OSCON, LinuxTag, and LinuxCon as well as open source tracks at academic conferences such as SIGCSE (CS education) and FIE (engineering education).