[IndiChix] [Womeninfreesoftware] [x-post] how can floss bridge the gap?

Leslie Hawthorn leslie at osuosl.org
Tue Feb 8 00:08:28 UTC 2011

On Mon, Feb 7, 2011 at 9:23 AM, ॥ स्वक्ष ॥ <vid at svaksha.com> wrote:

> Hi,
> Apologies for the cross-post but the concept of FLOSS bridging the gap
> is a very interesting suggestion and I wanted to pick your brains
> about this.
> The original thread was on HN:
> http://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=2179081, which was discussing a
> thread on SO:
> http://programmers.stackexchange.com/questions/43528/im-graduating-with-a-computer-science-degree-but-i-dont-feel-like-i-know-how-to
> http://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=2180185
> <quote>
> Personally I would love to see a community effort to put together a
> free, open source "bridge the gap" curriculum for new college grads.
> It would focus mostly on coding best practices, code reviews, the
> importance of tests, engineering work flows, version control, staging
> servers, etc. In particular I think it should focus on real-world
> codebases as opposed to the one-off programs you constantly write in
> academia. Sure you can learn most of this stuff at your first job, but
> I think there are a ton of people out there who would love to learn
> this stuff, but they don't really know what they need to learn or
> where to start.
> </quote>
While it's in very early development stage, Oregon State University is
creating an Open Source certificate program that will address some of these
issues. The certification as planned will grant Masters degree level course
credits and will be offered online. Course content will include LAMP stack
knowledge, basics of the development tool chain (issue tracking, mailing
lists, etc.), release practices, and will require a three month hands on
'internship' working with a FOSS project to gain certification. Oregon State
University would work to match make between students and FOSS projects
looking to on board new contributors as part of this internship requirement.

If folks are interested in updates on this list, I will be happy to share
them when they become available.


Leslie Hawthorn
Open Source Outreach Manager
Oregon State University Open Source Lab

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