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 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): 

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

Hunter College Students Learning About Open Source

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.

November POSSE at Red Hat in Raleigh

POSSE 2016-11Another 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..