[TOS] POSSE announcement template email (v.1.0)

Mel Chua mel at redhat.com
Wed Mar 24 04:39:01 UTC 2010

Okay, these words aren't coming out quite right, but here's a v.1.0. 
Patches extremely welcome.



A portfolio of recommendations from a global network of collaborators 
highlighting the publicly available work your students have contributed 
to - work done on distributed international teams on large, complex, 
existing projects used daily by millions of people in the real world, 
created by dynamic communities where self-directed learning and pursuit 
of passions is the norm. That's the day-to-day life of an open source 
contributor - coder, designer, marketer, writer, sysadmin, or otherwise. 
This could be your students. But how, with all the classes you have to 
teach, and all the classes they need to take, can you as a professor get 
them started?

Answer: teach open source in your existing classes. POSSE (Professors' 
Open Source Summer Experience) is a week-long bootcamp, sponsored by Red 
Hat, that will immerse professors in open source projects so that they 
in turn can bring their students into the community. Participants spend 
a week of intensive participation in selected open source projects, led 
by professors with experience in teaching open source development, in 
partnership with community members who have deep experience and insight. 
By the end of the session, participants should have a much better 
understanding of the workings of open source projects, and a strong 
network of contacts to lean on as they begin to bring students into the 
open source world.

More information about the program is available at 
http://teachingopensource.org/index.php/POSSE. Applications are now open 
- see 
for details.

Our current summer locations and dates:

     * June 7-11: Worcester State (Worcester, MA)
     * June 14-18: RIT (Rochester, NY)
     * Early July (likely July 5-9): CMU Silicon Valley (Mountain View, CA)
     * Late July (likely July 26-30): CMU (Pittsburgh, PA)

POSSE itself is free; attendees pay their own travel, lodging, and expenses.

If you're interested, check out the program page and send in an 
application - or if you have questions, join the Teaching Open Source 
mailing list (http://teachingopensource.org/mailman/listinfo/tos) and 
ask, or email posse at teachingopensource.org for more information.

We hope to see you this summer!

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