Professors Open Source Software Experience Workshops

One way to get started supporting student involvement in free and open source software (FOSS) is via a POSSE workshop. POSSEs provide professional development for instructors interested in student participation in Free and Open Source Software. Some recent POSSEs have been funded by the National Science Foundation and focus on humanitarian FOSS (HFOSS).

What is POSSE?

POSSE began as an outreach effort by Red Hat, Inc. to the higher education community. The goal was to help instructors learn about free and open source software (FOSS) so that they could incorporate FOSS into their courses. POSSE information on the Red Hat site.

The first workshops were held in summer, so the POSSE acronym was adopted to stand for: Professor’s Open Source Summer Experience. Later workshops have been held in other seasons, so the POSSE acronym has been re-interpreted to stand for: Professor’s Open Source Software Experience. Several instructors have shared thoughts on their POSSE experience: