Are you a professor teaching a Computer Science or Software Engineering class next school year?

There are more professors than ever hoping to teach the open source development process to their students -- but working in the open source world can be a daunting proposition. Professors themselves have only a limited amount of time to learn about open source, and are often unsure about how, exactly, to get started.

POSSE (Professors' Open Source Software Experience) is a Red Hat sponsored cultural immersion in the tools and practices of open source communities, designed for professors looking for ways to bring their students into active participation in those communities.

Participants complete online coursework that introduces them to open source, then attend an in-person workshop where they deep-dive into open source participation; by the end of the workshop, participants 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. Regular support and mentoring continue through the following school year, along with course funding for select attendees.

To learn more about the POSSE program and find out if you're eligible, visit

Learn about POSSE in this video from with Chris Tyler, Professor at Seneca College, and Mel Chua, Community Engineer at Red Hat.