From:  Carey Pridgeon <carey.pridgeon@gmail.com>
Date:  13 Mar 2013 05:44:25 Hong Kong Time
Newsgroup:  news.mozilla.org/mozilla.education
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Re: education Digest, Vol 8, Issue 4

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Hi all

Thanks to Richard Newman for pointing me at this list.
Introductions then. I'm Carey Pridgeon, Lecturer in Computer Science at
Coventry University in England.
I've been given a new module to teach. It's third year undergrad level. The
Module descriptor is pretty loose. The goal is to teach students about the
world of open source software. I have a pretty wide remit, so I can pretty
much do anything I want with it.

The module is set to start this October, and will run for about 24 lectures
and associated workshops.

I find the idea of teaching Open Source software development as a semi
abstract concept a bit difficult to cope with, so my idea is that the
students should instead interact with a major open source effort.
My current thinking idea is that I have students studying the work of the
Mozilla foundation. Assignments will be active bugs in the current code
base of either Firefox, Thunderbird, or the Firefox OS.

On this aspect I'd like it if I could have Mozilla people working with my
students. This support being anything from talking via email to a closer
co-operation. You people obviously have lots of work to do, so I could be
being too optimistic. The students who will be taking this course will be
ones that I've taught since day one at uni, so I would know who to aim at
what issue.

My aims are to get them used to working with a large code base, learning
about the tools commonly used in open source projects, and how to work with
project leaders.

Carey


On 12 March 2013 19:00,  wrote:

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> Date: Sat, 11 Apr 2009 12:44:52 +0000
> From: Frank Hecker 
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> Subject: [MozEdu] April 13 Mozilla Education call cancelled
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> Dave Humphrey, Mark Surman, and I will all be on holiday on April 13 and
> unable to join the weekly Mozilla Education status call. We've therefore
> decided to cancel the call. We'll resume as usual on April 20.
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> Frank
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> Date: Tue, 12 Mar 2013 00:02:21 -0400
> From: Dan Scott 
> To: Michael Hoye 
> Cc: education@lists.mozilla.org
> Subject: Re: [MozEdu] Hello, World.
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> On Fri, Mar 08, 2013 at 11:40:16AM -0800, Michael Hoye wrote:
> Hi Mike / world!
>
> Lots of questions here, and I feel like my interests might be slightly
> misaligned with MozEdu which seems to be targeted more at developing
> Firefox itself, rather than building on top of Firefox, but it's worth a
> shot.
>
> > So that's what I'd like to start with here.
> >
> > - What do you have.
>
> I have: a fair bit of experience contributing to various open source
> communities over the past decade; a position at Laurentian University
> that lets me work with students in the Computer Science program; a
> desire to share knowledge of real-world development practices (with a
> focus on open source, naturally) with those students so that they have
> more than homework assignments to draw upon when they walk into
> their first development job; an interest in balancing the existing
> somewhat WebKit-oriented HTML5 documentation primarily available on the
> Web with a Firefox-first set of code labs, etc; and (perhaps most
> importantly), time in the form of an upcoming sabbatical.
>
> Oh, I also have a ~4-year-old laptop with a dying "n" key, so any typos
> due to missing n's aren't 100% my fault :)
>
> > - What do you want from somebody, and how can you check it.
>
> I want to avoid duplicating efforts, so I'd like to know if a set of
> "building Web apps for Firefox / FirefoxOS" progressive tutorials is
> already a gleam in anyone's eye, or actively underway, and if so, who
> are you and is there room to collaborate?
>
> > - What can you give them, and
>
> I was a technical writer in a past life and have developed and delivered
> a number of tutorials and code labs, so I _think_ I can offer the
> promise of publishing a cohesive set of progressive tutorials focused on
> Firefox / FirefoxOS over the course of the next year. Ultimately I'd
> like to pull that collection together in a CC-licensed text book. (I
> want to say, by the way, that MDN has some fabulous reference material
> on fundamental HTML5 technology that answers the "what is ..."
> questions, but I think there's room to provide more answers to the "how
> do I / how should I" questions via tutorials).
>
> > - How hard will that be to get.
>
> I think the hardest part will be matching my time with the goals of the
> overall project. I won't be able to start in earnest until July, and
> there will be a period of transition & ramp-up from my current role back
> into full-on tech writing mode... but before then I hope to start making
> contact with Mozilla developer advocates / evangelists / what have you
> to coordinate efforts, if my goals seem compatible with the project's.
> This list seems like it could be a good place to hash things out!
>
> Thanks,
> Dan Scott
>
>
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> Message: 3
> Date: Mon, 20 Apr 2009 17:33:53 +0000
> From: Frank Hecker 
> To: education@lists.mozilla.org
> Subject: [MozEdu] Notes from 2009/04/20 Mozilla Education call
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> Today's call mainly covered the proposed Mozilla summer course at
> Universidad Rey Juan Carlos in Madrid.
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> https://wiki.mozilla.org/Education/StatusMeetings/2009-04-20
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