[TOS] Leveraging COVID-19 in the Classroom

Wes Turner wdturner at gmail.com
Tue Jul 14 15:22:47 UTC 2020

Very nice! Thanks Joanna and Heidi.


On Mon, Jul 13, 2020 at 5:35 PM Joanna Klukowska <joannakl at cs.nyu.edu>

> Hi Heidi,
> Thanks for sharing and starting this thread.
> I actually created a new topic in my Open Source Software Development
> class last spring that went really well and students had a lot of positive
> feedback about it. I titled it "Open Efforts regarding COVID 19".
> It happened about a month after we went remote and in the midst of NYC
> outbreak. The assignment was very open and intentionally not specific:
> - research open efforts in the area of COVID-19 pandemic
> - add links to the resources you find to the wiki page in the course
> organization
> - be ready to discuss your findings in class on Monday, Apr. 13
> I explained that they are not limited to software projects but they should
> look for anything that is open in nature.
> The collection of links that students created is attached.
> During the next class and a half we went over the list and students spent
> about 2-3 minutes talking about the project/effort that they found. Some of
> these generated further discussion. We kept notes in a shared etherpad, but
> unfortunately, I let it expire before I got the copy of the notes ;(
> Then we spent some time talking about categories of these efforts:
> hardware vs. data vs. software, large organizations vs. small or
> individuals, existing projects working on a new cause vs. brand new efforts
> that started to deal with a new situation,  projects that are specific to
> the locality vs. more generally applicable ones (at that point the students
> were dispersed all over the world), etc.
> There were also some critical comments about why there are so many efforts
> for data visualization and what the value is that they bring to the table,
> or about safety of an open sourced "make your own test at home"
> instructions.
> Students were very impressed seeing the range of efforts they found and
> seeing how open source projects can quickly spring up to respond to a
> crisis. I think for a lot of the students who had sick family members and
> who were displaced due to the outbreak in NYC this was a way to see
> relevance of what they were part of  to what was going on. None of my
> students ended up working on COVID-19 related projects during the class
> (for several reasons), but I think this was a valuable lesson and
> definitely the most active class discussion that we had in the course of
> the entire semester.
> Here are a few blog posts from that week with comments on the discussion:
> https://nyu-ossd-s20.github.io/Jen-Lopez-weekly/week11/
> https://nyu-ossd-s20.github.io/mattfan00-weekly/week11/
> https://nyu-ossd-s20.github.io/niniack-weekly/week-12/
> https://nyu-ossd-s20.github.io/hkajs-weekly/week11/
> https://nyu-ossd-s20.github.io/pmets-weekly/week11/
> https://nyu-ossd-s20.github.io/evading1998-weekly/week12/
> ---
> In the fall, I am back to teaching my Data Structure class. I usually use
> an open data set for the coding projects. This year it will most likely be
> COVID-19 related, but I do not have any specific one yet.
> Hope everybody is staying safe!
> Best,
> Joanna
> ----------------------------------------------------
> Joanna Klukowska, PhD
> Clinical Assistant Professor
> Department of Computer Science
> Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, NYU
> Warren Weaver Hall, Room 423joannakl at cs.nyu.eduhttp://cs.nyu.edu/~joannakl/
> Office hours (Spring 2020):
> Monday 12:30-2:30pm, Thursday 11:00am-12:00pm
> ----------------------------------------------------
> On 7/12/20 3:13 PM, Heidi Ellis wrote:
> Hi Folks,
> I have been thinking about my fall classes and HFOSS and thought I'd share
> my thoughts. As the summer progresses, I’m finding a new rhythm to
> preparing my fall classes.  It is clear that even though my institution is
> hoping to hold the majority of classes in person, I need to be able to take
> all of my classes online at any moment. And yes, the does mean that class
> preparation is at least doubled.
> I have been focusing on my Software Engineering course which is a fairly
> standard coverage of Requirements, Design, Test, etc.  In my case, I am
> setting students up for their Capstone class which meets in the spring
> term. In Capstone, students will be contributing to the Bear Necessities
> Market <https://librefoodpantry.org/#/projects/BEAR-Necessities-Market/>
> which is an HFOSS application to support the food pantry located on Western
> New England University’s campus.  BNM is one of several food pantry
> applications being developed by instructors within the Libre Food Pantry
> <https://librefoodpantry.org/#/education/> community. In my Software
> Engineering course, we use BNM to investigate real-world requirements,
> design, test and more. We also learn the environment of a real HFOSS
> project so that students are able to make code contribution in the Capstone
> course.
> As I’ve been thinking about how to best support learning, I realized that,
> due to COVID-19, the BNM will Likely need to implement some form of a visit
> schedule in order to support social distancing as our pantry has very
> limited space. I can see lots of ways that I can bring this into my
> classroom and I’m excited at the possibilities the provides for students to
> solve problems that are of critical immediacy! What are you all doing?
> Please share your ideas!
> Heidi
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