POSSE-V1 Instructors

Requirements for being a POSSE instructor

You learn how to teach a POSSE by co-teaching a POSSE with someone who’s taught a POSSE before. This is how existing POSSE instructors teach new POSSE instructors, and it is the responsibility of both the experienced and the new instructor to set up whatever learning needs to happen for that apprenticeship to be successful.

To be eligible to co-teach your first POSSE, you must have:

  • knowledge of and experience in FOSS communities
  • knowledge of and experience in using tools relevant to your discipline in FOSS communities (version control for developers, FOSS graphics applications for designers, IRC for everyone…)
  • a demonstrated ability and interest in teaching

A good way to get all three is to participate in a POSSE yourself – if you haven’t participated in a POSSE, we ask that you co-organize the first one you co-teach at so that you see the POSSE planning process and get the flavor of the event beforehand.

After you have co-taught your first POSSE, you’re a POSSE instructor, and can now team up with other current POSSE Instructors, as well as co-teaching with new instructors to train them.

Instructor requirements for hosting a POSSE

A POSSE must be taught by at least 2 instructors.

A POSSE must have at least 1 instructor who has taught a POSSE before.

A POSSE must have at least 1 instructor with deep community involvement in that POSSE’s focal project.

A POSSE should have at least 1 instructor who is teaching, or has taught, at the college level.

Note that these are not all the requirements for calling an event a POSSE – the rest of the details (location, subject, etc) must still be approved. Currently, approval is on a case-by-case basis that begins by emailing posse AT teachingopensource.org, to which you should receive a response within a business day – we’re building a better way to approve POSSEs, and being willing to walk through the process manually with us will help us figure it out.

If you are interested in becoming a POSSE instructor, please add your name to the #Instructors in training list below, email posse AT teachingopensource.org and we’ll help you get started.


Instructors in training