Red Hat Extends Open Source Teaching Program To School Year

Red Hat announced today the expansion of its Professors’ Open Source Summer Experience 2011, a program for professors from any discipline interested in introducing open source software into their students’ coursework.

According to Red Hat, due to the overwhelming success of this year’s summer weekend workshop, which was held in Raleigh, N.C., several POSSE activities are scheduled throughout the 2011-2012 North American school year.

“POSSE 2011 was especially productive and enjoyable for the cohort because we intentionally had a mix of POSSE alumni experienced in teaching open source and faculty members completely new to it,” said Jared Smith, Red Hat employee and leader of The Fedora Project. “We applaud the courage of the POSSE cohort in trying something new, and believe the sorts of learning experiences they’re creating will produce graduates with the ability to adapt and innovate in today’s changing world.”

This year’s cohort of higher education faculty committed to teaching open source in collaboration with Red Hat during the 2011-2012 academic year. Participants are educated in open source tools and practices and teaches them how to enable students to become contributors in the open source community.

The program is now in its third year and has grown with sessions held at colleges and universities across the United States, as well as Singapore and South Africa. According to the company, more than 76 professors and administrators have attended POSSE workshops.

 

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