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Teaching Open Source - Birds of a Feather - SIGCSE 2014

  • SIGCSE ID: Birds of a Feather 23
  • Location: Edgewood
  • Time: Thursday, 3/6/2014 @ 6:10 - 7:00 PM


Integrating Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) into our curricula can provide students with a rich, motivating learning experience that helps them develop technical as well as soft skills. However, integrating FOSS into curricula does have its challenges. This birds-of-a-feather (BoF) seeks to bring together faculty to discuss challenges, share resources, share solutions, and make connections. So, whether you are considering integrating FOSS into a class for the first time, or you are looking for ways to improve what you are already doing, this BoF is for you. Members of the Teaching Open Source ( and the foss2serve ( communities will help guide the discussion and be on hand for questions.


  • Karl Wurst - Worcester State University - Has been working with students in a number of FOSS projects as part of his department’s Capstone course for the last 3 years. Has taught a course on open source.
  • Lori Postner - Nassau Community College - Member of the foss2serve team.
  • Stoney Jackson - Western New England University - Mentors students from different institutions working together on GNOME's MouseTrap project. Member of foss2serve team.

Discussion Topics

  • Introduce organizers
  • Poll
    • Considering doing something with students with FOSS?
    • Have done something with students with FOSS?
  • Introduction
    • OpenFE - NSF funded research effort to help faculty integrate HFOSS into curricula.
    • - created as part of OpenFE effort
    • POSSE
      • Workshop created by Red Hat to train faculty in open source devel stuff.
      • Adopted and augmented by OpenFE
      • Next one is FIXME
    • - FIXME
    • Other efforts and resources? FIXME
  • Goals of this BoF
    • Discuss challenges
    • Share resources
    • Share solutions
    • Make connections
  • Q&A session
    • Any questions about POSSE, OpenFE, and/or
    • What have people been doing?
    • Is it working?
    • Road blocks?
    • Has been useful?
    • What resources are helping?
    • - should we build on it?
  • Adjourn
    • Remind POSSE
Personal tools
Learning Resources
HFOSS Projects