SIGCSE 2019 POSSE Roundup

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=== Meeting Location ===
=== Meeting Location ===
In the SIGCSE venue, exact location to be determined.
Hyatt: Greenway F (2nd floor)
See [ SIGCSE 2019] for general information about the location.
See [ SIGCSE 2019] for general information about the location.

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February 27, 2019 - Minneapolis, MN

NOTE: Registration for this event is limited. See registration instructions at the bottom of this page


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.

POSSE, the Professors’ Open Source Software Experience, prepares instructors to guide student participation in Humanitarian Free and Open Source Software (HFOSS) projects. 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.

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
Lori, Greg
9:00 AM Overview
  • HFOSS Kits
  • HFOSS Learning Projects
Greg, Cam, Wes
10:15 AM Break All
10:30 AM Breakout: HFOSS Kits
  • Learning outcomes and activities
  • Target HFOSS projects
12:00 Lunch - Hyatt Prairie Kitchen & Bar [1] All
1:30 PM HFOSS Learning Projects Grant, Steve, 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 - TBA 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

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Contents will be saved here after the session.

Opportunities for POSSE Alum

Announcements coming!

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