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September 11-14, 2017 - Los Angeles, CA
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Monday, September 11 • 4:50pm - 5:30pm
Increasing Student Participation in Open Source - Gregory Hislop, Drexel University & Heidi Ellis, Western New England University

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Open source community members are often surprised to learn that most college students are not knowledgeable about open source. While students use open source extensively, they typically do not understand how open source is created, how they might be involved, or that open source is a career option for them.

This presentation will discuss what students know and do know know, why open source concepts, tools, processes, and culture are not widely taught in higher education, and the author's experiences in trying to change that situation. The presenters will also provide observations about how open source projects can encourage meaningful student involvement that will benefit both the project and the students.


Heidi Ellis

Professor, Western New England University
Heidi Ellis is a Professor at Western New England University and maintainer of the GNOME MouseTrap project. 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... Read More →
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Gregory Hislop

Professor, Drexel University
Gregory Hislop is a Professor and Senior Associate Dean in the College of Computing and Informatics at Drexel University. He has been involved with promoting student participation in Humanitarian Free and Open Source Software projects since 2008 and has been principle investigator... Read More →

Monday September 11, 2017 4:50pm - 5:30pm PDT
Diamond Ballroom 10