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Heidi Ellis is a Professor at Western New England University. Heidi has been active in software engineering education for more than 20 years. She has been involving students in humanitarian free and open source software (HFOSS) since 2006 and has been co-PI on four different NSF grants to support this effort. She is part of a group of academics who are working to support Professor’s Open Source Software Experience (POSSE) workshops that bring professors up to speed on student involvement in HFOSS projects. She has multiple publications and presentations related to student participation in HFOSS.

Gregory Hislop is a Professor of Software Engineering and Senior Associate Dean at Drexel University’s College of Computing and Informatics. For over a decade he has been working on student involvement in open source with support from NSF, Google, and Red Hat. He is on the team that develops and delivers the POSSE (Professors' Open Source Software Experience) professional development workshops. He also spent about 20 years working in industry, primarily in systems management products and services. He is a frequent presenter at conferences and workshops.

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In an ideal world, students would graduate from college ready to contribute to an open source community in some significant way. Unfortunately, many undergraduate institutions are not teaching even basic open source tools such as version control, issue trackers, IRC communication and more, and almost no schools are covering open source culture or communities. This creates an imbalance between the growing needs of the open source world and the skill set of the students graduating from universities. This also presents open source communities and universities with a major opportunity to collaborate to expand the community of new open source contributors.

Led by two faculty members each with over a decade of experience supporting student involvement in Humanitarian FOSS (HFOSS), this session will provide insight into the current state of student knowledge of FOSS and describe several ongoing efforts to improve the situation.

Attendees will learn about:

  • The state of open source education in colleges and universities
  • The challenges and issues we've encountered in better preparing students for participation in open source work
  • Case studies of our successful student contributions to open source
  • Opportunities and challenges we've observed when open source communities collaborate with universities
  • The added value of HFOSS projects for attracting students to open source
  • The impact of the POSSE professional development community for instructors on open source in education
  • The role and importance of the TeachingOpenSource community
  • Other efforts aimed at involving students in FOSS projects

The last part of the session will be an interactive discussion about ways that FOSS projects can make themselves more attractive to potential student contributors.

2018 September 7 - 11:15
45 min
Libre Application Summit