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Red Hat Summit and DevNation 2016

Building the student pipeline to open source communities using HFOSS

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Open source concepts, development practices, and tools are only sporadically being taught at colleges and universities. Many students graduating with computing degrees do not have a detailed understanding of open source culture, techniques, or opportunities. Even fewer have an understanding of how to participate in open source development. This creates an imbalance between the growing needs of the open source world and the skill set of the students graduating from universities. Open source communities and universities have a major opportunity to collaborate to improve the pipeline of new computing professionals.

This session will describe an approach that we have used in our classes for increasing the number of students who understand open source and are capable of contributing to open source projects such as GNOME Accessibility, OpenMRS and Ushahidi. The approach utilizes student involvement in humanitarian FOSS (HFOSS) projects within courses to educate students about open source participation.

Attendees will learn about:
 - The state of open source education in colleges and universities
 - The impact of the Red Hat-NSF POSSE professional development program for instructors on open source in education
 - 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 
 - Summary of evidence of student learning in HFOSS environments

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