Using Open Source Projects in Higher Education: A Two-Way Certification Framework

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In Proceedings
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6th International Workshop on Foundations and Techniques for Open Source Software Certification
The paper proposes a framework for the certification of free/libre open source software (FLOSS) projects. The process is two-fold and is based on our experience over the last four years of using FLOSS for teaching software engineering in Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. The premise of the paper is that students’ engagement with real open source projects, and more specifically with the respective open source communities, can be an effective instructional method for skill development. We argue that through such a process, the students are able to get familiar with tools and technologies used in FLOSS and receive certification as FLOSS participants. On the other hand, the students can also review and evaluate the FLOSS project they use during the learning activity from different perspectives. In more advanced learning activities, this evaluation can be based on certification standards, providing in that way a valuable source of feedback to the open source community.

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