An open-source approach to music education through jam2jam XO

Dillon, Steve C. (2012) An open-source approach to music education through jam2jam XO. Journal of Music, Technology and Education, 5(2), pp. 171-180.

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This article examines the philosophy and practice of open-source technology in the development of the jam2jam XO software for the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) computer. It explores how open-source software principles, pragmatist philosophy, improvisation and constructionist epistemologies are operationalized in the design and development of music software, and how such reflection reveals both the strengths and weaknesses of the open-source software development paradigm. An overview of the jam2jam XO platform, its development processes and music educational uses is provided and resulting reflections on the strengths and weaknesses of open-source development for music education are discussed. From an educational and software development perspective, the act of creating open-source software is shown to be a valuable enterprise, however, just because the source code, creative content and experience design are accessible and 'open' to be changed, does not guarantee that educational practices in the use of that software will change. Research around the development and use of jam2jam XO suggests that open-source software development principles can have an impact beyond software development and on to aspects of experience design and learning relationships.

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ID Code: 56084
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Open-Source, Jam2Jam, OLPC, Experience Design, Meaningful Engagement, Software Design
DOI: 10.1386/jmte.5.2.171_1
ISSN: 1752-7074 (online) 1752-7066 (print)
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000) > DESIGN PRACTICE AND MANAGEMENT (120300) > Digital and Interaction Design (120304)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING (190000) > PERFORMING ARTS AND CREATIVE WRITING (190400) > Musicology and Ethnomusicology (190409)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Current > Schools > Music & Sound
Copyright Owner: © 2012 Intellect Ltd Article.
Deposited On: 04 Jan 2013 01:34
Last Modified: 12 Jun 2013 15:25

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