Education

  • Google has announced that 1,128 students from 68 countries have successfully completed the 2017 Google Summer of Code (GSoC). This number is 86.2% of the total number that were announced as participants back in May. These students worked with 201 open source organizations and 1,600 mentors over the summer. See the projects the students completed […]

  • Google is preparing for the 13th annual Google Summer of Code (GSoC), and they are now accepting applications for open source organizations to get involved. In this program, students spend 3 months working under the guidance of mentors to expand and improve upon open source software. Last year, the program had 178 open source organizations […]

  • Upskill University is an online educational resource that delivers education related to business changes taking place in the communications industry. The program has announced a series of classes on open source technology in the telecommunications industry that will start on August 10th. Here’s the published schedule of classes for this series: Telcos & Open Source […]

  • The MIT Media Lab is a cross-disciplinary research lab that has produced work in wearable computing, tangible interfaces, treatment of neurological disorders, advanced imaging technologies, and more. The organization has previously relied on an internal committee to approve all requests to make software code open source, but they have now announced they will begin approving […]

  • The Google Summer of Code is an international program that provides stipends to students to participate in free and open source development. The program connects fledgling developers with open source communities to work in a mentor/student relationship and give emerging developers a chance to get real-world experience. The program has announced the participants for 2016 […]

  • The announcement that Paris-8 University would be switching to open source computer graphics software sparked some major discussions in the computer graphic community. The school made this decision largely in an effort to reduce their budget, but they also chose to integrate these applications partly due to the skills and demands of incoming students. The […]

  • In the Washington State, parents are required to carry out supervised visits with their child to regain custody after issues with things like substance abuse or neglect. This is a process that can cause a lot of stress for both the parent and the child, and creates considerable challenges towards helping the parent become more […]

  • The Rochester Institute of Technology now offers a minor in open source that includes both a technical and non-technical track. The minor focuses on things like humanitarian open source development, open source culture, the legal and business environment of FOSS and more. Holding true to the open source mindset, the school encourages students to improve […]

  • Google Code-In is an initiative to get teenagers involved in open source software projects. It is designed to make contributing an extremely simple process and a dozen open source projects are involved. Each project will select their own finalists, and two teenagers will win a trip to the Google headquarters in California. Any teen that […]

  • Open access journals provide an alternative to expensive paid journals for use in research and they help propagate knowledge by making it more accessible. Here are five great open access journals that provide a wealth of high quality, free information. First Monday – Covers communication issues on the internet such as censorship and digital media […]

  • The openness and flexibility of Linux make it a great solution for educational settings. Students can be free to tinker with the tools they use and dig into the code to learn more about how their software is built. Additionally, Linux is ideal for systems administrators because it allows them to customize the operating system […]

  • Youth Digitals is a for-profit school that teaches kids about graphic design and programming using open source tools. Founded by Justin Richards, the company just moved to Chapel Hill, NC, and sells online courses and runs summer programs that teach kids through the creation of tangible products. Kids get hands on experience building mobile apps, […]

  • Harvard University has released an open source soft robotics toolkit designed to help anyone get started building soft robots. Soft robots could play an important part in search and rescue missions or surgical operations due to their ability to flex and fit into confined spaces. They operate through a system of inflating/deflating to move and […]

  • Modern education has increasingly relied on testing and standardization in recent years. Open source technology offers an alternative learning platform that can free educators and students from testing to focus on creating real-world solutions and products. Students can learn skills that are highly sought-after in the business world by developing the very tools the industry […]

  • The Center for Development of Open Technology (CDOT) at Seneca College in Toronto was founded in 2002 to provide education and research for open source technology. The students work with faculty and business partners to develop open source software and gain real-world development experience. Their curriculum includes core tools and methodologies used in open source, […]

  • edX is being used for a very long list of educational sites on the web as a platform that gives instructors and educational institutions a set of starting tools and the ability to extend the platform. The edX team has spent considerable effort getting their community involved in the development of the platform and they […]

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