POSSE 2017-11

Another successful POSSE was held November 16-18, 2017 at Red Hat headquarters in Raleigh. Twelve new faculty members joined three POSSE alums (Josh Dehlinger, Robert Duvall, Howard Francis), four facilitators (Darci Burdge, Clif Kussmaul, Greg Hislop, and Heidi Ellis) and Gina Likins (of Red Hat’s University Outreach team) to learn more about how to support student participation in Humanitarian Free and Open Source Software (HFOSS).

In addition, several other Red Hatters participated in or led portions of the workshop:

  • Tom Callaway, team lead for University Outreach, joined the group Thursday afternoon and presented an introduction to licensing that, as always, was insightful — and funny! (tl;dr takeaways: All software has a license. Check for the license. Comply with the license of any software you use (in any way). If you’re writing software, choose a license (preferably open source). When choosing an open source license, choose an existing license (don’t make one up).  If you’re curious and want to learn more, consider applying for the next POSSE!)
  • Greg Dekoenigsberg, Community Manager for Red Hat Ansible and one of the earliest promoters of student involvement in open source, joined us on Thursday, providing an excellent historical — and current — point of view on the intersection of open source in education and business.
  • Rounding out the Red Hat contributors was Bryan Behrenshousen, Red Hatter, writer and editor of the Open Organization book series, and member of the Opensource.com team, who spoke on his experience supporting student learning from FOSS. Bryan also shared the successes of — and future potential for — contributions to Opensource.com by both students and faculty members.

TeachingOpenSource runs a POSSE workshop roughly twice a year, so if this sounds interesting, join the TeachingOpenSource community to make sure you hear about the next one.


TeachingOpenSource recognized in Educause article

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EDUCAUSE’s 7 Things You Should Know About …™ is a series of publications that address a diverse range of professional challenges in higher education IT, from updates on current developments to explorations of important overarching issues. In August of 2017, the organization offered insights in open source in higher education.”  Read more: Abstract & download link or HTML version.


BOF on using Open Source for Diversity and Inclusion at Tapia

Chris Murphy, Nanette Veilleux and Jan Pearce and Judy Weng (a graduate student at UPenn) will be leading a Birds of a Feather on “Addressing Diversity & Inclusion Issues in Computer Science through Contributions to Free and Open Source Software”  at this week’s Tapia Celebration of Diversity in Computing.  The BOF is Thursday (Sept 21) at 4pm in room Hanover F (more info)

Apply for POSSE (Raleigh, NC, Nov 16-18, 2017)

Where: Red Hat offices, Raleigh, NC

Would you like to support student involvement in humanitarian free and open source software (HFOSS)? Full-time faculty at U.S. institutions are invited to join us at the Professors’ Open Source Software Experience (POSSE) workshop. Over 100 faculty members have attended the workshop and we have a growing community of faculty members who are helping students learn within HFOSS projects.  To learn more and apply


Wrap-up of POSSE in Italy from Google

Google showcased their involvement with POSSE in a recent post on the opensource.googleblog.com blog: 

This year Google was proud to not only host a workshop at our San Francisco office in April, but also to collaborate with the organizers to bring a POSSE workshop to Europe for the first time.

Find out more about POSSE and apply to join the next workshop (in Raleigh, NC Nov. 16-18): http://foss2serve.org/index.php/POSSE_2017-11 

TeachingOpenSource joins the Software Freedom Conservancy

Software Freedom Conservancy is proud to announce that TeachingOpenSource has joined Conservancy as a member project. TeachingOpenSource (TOS) is a community of educators, developers, and organizations who create resources and document best practices for teaching free and open source software development, principles, and methods in the classroom. Read more on sfconservancy.org.