Using open source projects in higher education: A two-way certification framework

Pantelis M. Papadopoulos, Ioannis G. Stamelos*, Antonio Cerone

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Abstract

The paper proposes a framework for the certification of free/libre open source software (FLOSS) projects. The process is two-fold and is based on our experience over the last four years of using FLOSS for teaching software engineering in Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. The premise of the paper is that students' engagement with real open source projects, and more specifically with the respective open source communities, can be an effective instructional method for skill development. We argue that through such a process, the students are able to get familiar with tools and technologies used in FLOSS and receive certification as FLOSS participants. On the other hand, the students can also review and evaluate the FLOSS project they use during the learning activity from different perspectives. In more advanced learning activities, this evaluation can be based on certification standards, providing in that way a valuable source of feedback to the open source community.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInformation Technology and Open Source
Subtitle of host publicationApplications for Education, Innovation, and Sustainability - SEFM 2012 Satellite Events, InSuEdu, MoKMaSD, and OpenCert, Revised Selected Papers
PublisherSpringer Verlag
Pages274-280
Number of pages7
ISBN (Print)9783642543371
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2014
Externally publishedYes
Event10th International Conference on Software Engineering and Formal Methods, SEFM 2012 - Thessaloniki, Greece
Duration: 1 Oct 20125 Oct 2012
Conference number: 10

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume7991 LNCS
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349

Conference

Conference10th International Conference on Software Engineering and Formal Methods, SEFM 2012
Abbreviated titleSEFM
CountryGreece
CityThessaloniki
Period1/10/125/10/12

Keywords

  • Communities of practice
  • FLOSS in education
  • Open source projects
  • Software certification

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    Papadopoulos, P. M., Stamelos, I. G., & Cerone, A. (2014). Using open source projects in higher education: A two-way certification framework. In Information Technology and Open Source: Applications for Education, Innovation, and Sustainability - SEFM 2012 Satellite Events, InSuEdu, MoKMaSD, and OpenCert, Revised Selected Papers (pp. 274-280). (Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics); Vol. 7991 LNCS). Springer Verlag. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-54338-8_22