Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Red Hat Assisting In Introducing Open Source Into University Curriculum

Red Hat is expanding its program of introducing open source to leading universities and colleges to include in their curriculum. This is all accomplished through their POSSE (Professors' Open Source Summer Experience) workshops. Full details of the announcement can be found here.

In all honesty, I was not aware that these workshops started at Red Hat's campus a little over a year ago. I have always felt strongly that in order to achieve relevance again in university curriculum, the utilization of open source methods in their teachings was a great base platform. If your goal as an academic institution is to provide your pupils with the greatest chance of career success, why not have them work alongside leading technologists on projects that have real world implications. It has always seemed like a no brainer to me. And, I am glad that Red Hat is putting their weight behind this. I am also glad to see that the Seneca College professors have played a key role in getting this off the ground. I wrote about them last year, and they truly have been trend setters in this arena.

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