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Support for Educating Software Engineers Through Humanitarian Open Source Projects

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3 Author(s)
Ellis, H. ; Trinity Coll., Hartford, CT ; Morelli, R.A. ; Hislop, G.W.

The net generation of students have characteristics which make them well-suited for participating in open source projects including being comfortable with information technologies, using IT as a form of communication, desiring to work in groups, a desire to do social good, and being fascinated by new technologies. The nature of open source projects where communities of developers from around the world collaborate to create useful applications are a natural fit for this generation of students. Humanitarian open source projects can serve as a solid foundation for providing software engineering education to the net generation of students. This paper discusses the initial stages of SoftHum, a project for developing course materials to support undergraduate involvement in humanitarian open source projects.

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Software Engineering Education and Training Workshop, 2008. CSEETW '08. 21st IEEE-CS Conference on

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14-17 April 2008