SIGCSE 2019 POSSE Roundup

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February 27, 2019 - Minneapolis, MN


The workshop will explore approaches to student participation in HFOSS that provide more scaffolding and control for faculty taking initial steps with students. The discussion will focus on two areas:

1. HFOSS Kits

  • HFOSS Kits provide a controlled, isolated practice environment where students can learn and practice open source skills. A kit contains:
    • A project sandbox - copy of an HFOSS project or selected artifacts from a live HFOSS project
    • Learning activities for the project sandbox
    • Directions and notes for an instructor on how to use the Kit
  • The goal of HFOSS Kits is to reduce instructor overhead in teaching basic open source skills. Kits will provide a predictable, controlled environment that can be re-set and re-used across multiple academic terms. Kits will also provide an opportunity for students to practice open source tasks repeatedly using real-world artifacts without needing to be concerned about burdening a project community.
  • Kits will provide experience with complexity and scale since the artifacts are from real projects. They will not have the benefit of observation and interaction with a project community.
  • Kits are intended as a stepping stone to participation in a live HFOSS projects.

2. HFOSS Learning Projects

  • HFOSS Learning Projects are fully operational HFOSS projects that have student learning as a secondary objective. Characteristics of these projects include:
    • Fully functional project with an active client community
    • On-going product development, distribution, operation, and maintenance
    • Core committers include at least some faculty or students
    • Project welcomes and supports participation by students
  • The goal of HFOSS learning projects include:
    • To provide some projects where probability of successful student participation is higher because learning is an explicit secondary goal for the project
    • To increase positive social impact generated by college students in computing majors
  • There are already a handful of projects where faculty or college staff are the core contributors to open source projects. Several of these will provide a starting point for this effort.

At the workshop, short presentations will summarize existing work in these areas. Breakout groups will generate ideas for application of these approaches in specific courses, and create specifications and prototypes of learning activities to support the identified uses.

Meeting Location

Hyatt: Greenway F (2nd floor)

See SIGCSE 2019 for general information about the location.


Time Activity Facilitators
Wednesday February 27, 2019
8:30 AM


  • Introductions
  • Plan for the day
Heidi, Greg
9:00 AM Overview
  • HFOSS Kits
  • HFOSS Learning Projects
Cam, Heidi, Stoney, Greg
10:00 AM Break All
10:30 AM Breakout: HFOSS Kits
  • Learning outcomes and activities
  • Target HFOSS projects
11:50 Lunch talk topic: HFOSS education and CSG
  • Is Computing for Social Good (CSG) well-established at your institution?
  • Can HFOSS help with development of professional responsibility among computing students?
  • Is there concern about HFOSS or CSG being deemed "political" or otherwise out of bounds in your program?
12:00 Lunch - Hyatt Prairie Kitchen & Bar [1] All
1:30 PM HFOSS Learning Projects Grant, Steve, Wes, Stoney, Allen
3:00 PM Break All
3:30 PM Breakout: HFOSS Learning Projects All
4:45 PM Wrap-up
  • Opportunities for HFOSS participation
Greg, Lori
5:45 PM Dinner - The Local - 931 Nicollet Mall [2] All

Information for Attendees

To Register

This POSSE Roundup is a workshop for instructors who have previously attended POSSE, or who have open source experience including contributing to an open source project. If you would like to register, please email Lori Postner at or Greg Hislop at If you are not a POSSE alum, please provide a short summary of your experience with open source, including contributions to FOSS projects.

NOTE: seating is limited, so please do not assume you are attending before receiving a confirmation from us.

Meeting Minutes

Kit Etherpad location:

Learning Project Etherpad location:

Contents will be saved after the session.

Personal tools
Learning Resources
HFOSS Projects