Facebook (Yes, Facebook) Open Academy Brings Open Source to Computer Science Curricula

Facebook - not the first name that comes to mind when you think of open source - has announced that it hopes to bring more open source to computer science curricula.

Open Academy (OA) is a program designed to
provide a practical, applied software engineering experience as part of a
university student’s CS education. The program works with key
faculty members at top CS universities to launch a course that matches
students with active open source projects and mentors and allows them to
receive academic credit for their contributions to the open source code

Students and mentors from open source projects come together at the start of the semester for a weekend of learning and hacking, and then return to their universities and continue to work in virtual teams. Open source mentors support their teams by helping students find and understand tasks and review code contributions. The course instructors at each university meet with student teams at regular intervals to review progress. Some instructors overlay a lecture series to provide further learning opportunities to students.

OA was piloted at Stanford in 2012 and expanded in 2013 to include MIT, University of Texas at Austin, Cornell Univeristy, University of Toronto, Waterloo University, University of Singapore, University of Tokyo, Imperial College of London, Jagiellonian University, University of Helsinki, and Tampere University of Technology and has now expanded to the University of Pennsylvania, UC San Diego, Columbia University, Carnegie Mellon University, UC Berkeley , Purdue, University of Warsaw, UIUC, UCLA, and University of Washington.  

The winter 2014 course will officially begin in early February when all of the participating faculty, students, and open source mentors from around the world fly to Facebook's headquarters for a three-day kickoff event.



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