[TOS] how broad a mandate?

Greg Dekoenigsberg gdk at redhat.com
Mon May 4 16:10:50 UTC 2009

On Fri, 1 May 2009, Matthew M. Burke wrote:

> It seems to me that if your program is ABET-accredited, then _not_ 
> talking about this aspect of equity in an open source course might 
> result in some criticism from the program evaluators the next time you 
> go up for re-accreditation.  After all, ABET (at least many of the 
> evaluators I've met) take quite seriously the responsibility to include 
> ethical and professional issues throughout the program.

Seems to me that it depends entirely upon the nature of the course.  If 
the course is "an introduction to all things open source," then sure, 
maybe, although frankly I don't know what can usefully be said.  If, 
however, the course is about practicing open source, I'm not sure it makes 
sense.  Do you discuss equity issues in a data structures course, or an 
operating systems course, or a Java course?


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