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Red Hat's POSSE introduces academics to FOSS

Aug 03, 2009, 21:31 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Bruce Byfield)

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"Greg DeKoenigsberg, Senior Community Architect at Red Hat has been promoting the FOSS as an educational resource for over a year, most notably at Seneca College in Toronto, Canada. He notes that, while many post-secondary instructors express an interest in using FOSS in the class room, when asked about implementing a program, they balk.

""Mostly, it's some combination of 'I don't have time' and 'it's scary,' DeKoenigsberg says of the responses he receives from instructors. "It's getting started that's the thing. So the question became, 'What's the best way of getting professors to participate and to get their students to participate in open source development?'"

"One of DeKoenigsberg's answers, hastily assembled in March, was POSSE. Chris Tyler, a professor at Seneca College and one of POSSE's organizers, explains that the students were carefully selected."

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