Education and participation: students + open source projects = win-win!*
In lots of lectures, students work on imaginary projects just for the sake of learning something. Or they can choose what they work on – mostly That Popular Proprietary Software™ which does not care about their contributions. We need to change that.
We need to embrace the universities, collaborate with professors & lectures and mediate to further both learning and development:
Students can contribute, gather experience in real projects and communicate with developers. Free software projects on the other hand need contributors, especially designers, and have a flexible working environment.
This is based on learnings of a pilot project I currently do with Information Design students at Media University Stuttgart (Germany) and plan to expand.
This was not given as a talk before as the project is fresh.
Previously I presented at the CCC Berlin lightning talks, of which the video is at http://unhosted.org (the "next" is mandatory), at RMLL Strasbourg, Students for Free Culture New York, International PHP Conference and loads of Barcamps and user groups in Europe and Israel.
Jan-Christoph Borchardt works at the intersection of free culture, unobtrusive design and human interaction. He improves the user experience of free & open source web applications, now mainly as Design Dictator for the Unhosted movement. Previously he designed ownCloud and started Libre Projects, a directory of free software web applications. Also known as »the Tyler Durden of JS usergroups«, he started Tel Aviv JS & StuttgartJS and gave talks at many more.
- Title: Coordinating Usability Testing in Free Software
- Track: Cooking
- Room: B201
- Time: 2:30 – 3:15pm
Freedom 4: The freedom to use the program effectively, efficiently and satisfactory.
For a software to truly be free, people need to be able to easily use it without help. A primer to usability testing in a distributed and independent development environment.
- Speakers: Jan-Christoph Borchardt