A mob called Futurelab have looked at how FLOSS works and decided that the successful parts can be factored into education.
And I quote:
FLOSS approaches enable the creation of distributed collaborative networks of people working together to solve problems. This might provide a powerful way of thinking about how learners might work together, within or across schools, to generate new knowledge and practice of relevance to them. It offers the opportunity for learners to identify small tractable problems and together create ultimately significant contributions to knowledge.
See? Just like FLOSS projects work in Real Life™: constantly updating small components to make large overall gains.
There’s more beyond that, of course, but it all looks quite promising already.