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  • Name

    Sara Santos Fernandes
  • Cluster

    Computer Science
  • Role

    External Student
  • Since

    01st May 2016
Publications

2012

Analysis of FLOSS communities as learning contexts

Authors
Sara Santos Fernandes; António Cerone; Luís Soares Barbosa

Publication
LNCS - Lecture Notes in Computer Science, pp.405-416, ,

Abstract
It can be argued that participating in Free/Libre Open Source Software (FLOSS) projects can have a positive effect in the contributor's learning process. The need to collaborate with other contributors and to contribute to a project can motivate and implicitly foster learning. In order to validate such statements, it is necessary to (1) study the interactions between FLOSS projects' participants, and (2) explore the didactical value of participating in FLOSS projects, designing an appropriate questionnaire asking FLOSS contributors about their experience in FLOSS projects. In this paper, we illustrate how this questionnaire was designed and disseminated. We conclude the paper with results from 27 FLOSS projects contributors, determining that, not only they contribute and collaborate to the project and its community, but also that FLOSS contributors see that this type of activity can be regarded as a complement to formal education.

2012

FLOSS in technology-enhanced learning

Authors
Sara Santos Fernandes; António Cerone; Luís Soares Barbosa; Pantelis M. Papadopoulos

Publication
SEFM 2012 - 10th International Conference on Software Engineering and Formal Methods, pp.121-132, Thessaloniki, Greece

Abstract
This paper presents a comparative analysis of Free/Libre Open Source Software (FLOSS) Learning Management System (LMS). Following a selection process we analyze the functionalities and characteristics of 8 tools commonly used in formal and informal education. More specifically we focus on the availability of different tools concerning communication and assistance, such as, forum, email, calendar, portfolios, etc. Our analysis showed that despite their similarities, the appropriateness of different FLOSS LMSs can be greatly affected by the specific needs of students, instructors and institutions.

2012

A preliminary analysis of learning awareness in FLOSS projects

Authors
Sara Santos Fernandes; António Cerone; Luís Soares Barbosa

Publication
LNCS - Lecture Notes in Computer Science, pp.133-139, ,

Abstract
It can be argued that participating in free/libre open source software (FLOSS) projects can have a positive effect in the contributor's learning process. The need to interact with other contributors, to read other people's code, write documentation, or use different tools, can motivate and implicitly foster learning. In order to validate this statement we design an appropriate questionnaire asking FLOSS contributors about their experience in FLOSS projects. In this paper, we illustrate how this questionnaire was designed and what we expect to learn from the answers. We conclude the paper with a preview of the results from three cases studies.