We’ve been here in the downtown Google offices in beautiful San Francisco for the past few days, exploring how to teach open source and incorporate humanitarian free and open source (HFOSS) project work into computer science and software engineering classes. We even escaped being part of the massive power outage!
Mihaela Sabin, a 2010 Professor’s Open Source Software Experience alumna has been recognized as New Hampshire’s TechEducator of the year. Congratulations Mihaela!!
In the fall 2016 semester, in the Computer Science Department at Hunter College, computer science majors and a few non-majors were exposed to the concept of open source software, open data, and HFOSS. To the best of my knowledge (and I have been teaching there since 1986) this has not been done before. My “CS3” class this semester is programming using open data from the NYC Trees Census of 2015, and soon they will get an assignment sending them to look at an HFOSS project. I hope that some of them are as excited about exploring this new approach to their education as I am.
Another successful Professors’ Open Source Software Experience (POSSE) was held at Red Hat headquarters, in Raleigh, NC from November 16-18, 2016. Participants came from Eastern Michigan University, California State Long Beach, Howard University and more. In fact, the entire CS department from Berea College was in attendance! We created activities for use in our classes, collaborated on classroom approaches, and got a tour of Red Hat..
Research has shown that students, and especially female students, are motivated by the ability to “do good”. Humanitarian FOSS (HFOSS) allows students to contribute to society while learning about open source tools and practices. The foss2serve team has received NSF funding to explore how to incorporate HFOSS into undergraduate computing programs.
A group of faculty members and HFOSS community members met at Nassau Community College on Long Island to map learning pathways that result in a contribution to an HFOSS project. The pathways identify the steps that must be taken to make a contribution (e.g., verify a bug). The foss2serve team is in the process of identifying/creating learning activities to support the pathways