[TOS] Let's talk about SIGCSE 2012 plans.

Mel Chua mel at redhat.com
Tue Aug 16 18:29:04 UTC 2011

On 08/16/2011 01:03 PM, Sebastian Dziallas wrote:
> On Tue, Aug 16, 2011 at 5:20 AM, Heidi Ellis<heidijcellis at gmail.com>  wrote:
>> Hi Folks,
>> I've updated the Significance and Relevance of topic. We could use a few
>> more TOS folks to sign up to talk about their experiences and to demonstrate
>> that we have a vibrant community! Add yourself to the Discussion Leaders
>> section.

I've added Karl and Steve to the "Proposers" section and added in 
positions into "Discussion Leaders" -- if the list grows super-long, we 
can put the roster on a wiki page, say "X faculty, Y open source 
community members, Z students <see full list here"> and figure out how 
much we need to cut the list of proposers to get it to fit on one page.

I tried to do some light text editing to incorporate Steve's suggestions 
to the abstract, and have *probably* made it too long. It's easier to 
cut afterwards, anyhow. :)

Regarding students -- most "student" events I've been to involve a lot 
of talking *at* students, and I'm curious whether that dynamic could be 
reversed. So, counterproposal: Steve, what would it take to get a 3-4 
hour block (an entire morning or an entire afternoon) in a room or block 
of rooms large enough to fit 4-6 small group discussions at a time? I'm 
thinking of a barcamp format. Depending on how broad we need to be to 
capture a sufficient audience, it can either be students-only or 
student-focus, open source focused or not (but we'd try to get people to 
put in sessions about FOSS/TOS/etc).

(For those who've never seen a barcamp before, the Wikipedia page is 
useful, though writing can never truly capture the flavor of it; 
basically, you start the event with a blank schedule grid, and the first 
30 minutes or thereabouts is filled with audience members pitching 
session ideas and filling in the grid together with topics they want to 
discuss -- and everyone's expected to help/participate somehow.)


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