Open Source in Training and Education

November 19, 2020 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
BCS Online Meeting
Julian Kunkel and Mary Bennett

Open source code is widely used in education and training events. On this thematic evening, we’ll look into various aspects.

18:15 – Join online meeting to chat with other participants

18:30 – Short introduction (5 min) of the evening by Julian Kunkel and Marry Bennett

18:35 – Presentations

20:35 – Closing Discussion

We were live streaming via BigBlueButton and recording the talks for later posting on YouTube.


The videos are available in the playlist here.

Digital freedom with youth and education

Video Presentation

The goals of the schul-frei project are to offer schools and other educational establishments free software. It shows the alternatives to proprietary educational solutions from big tech companies. We collect different single solutions which can take on their specific task and put them together, so that we can offer schools one single solution. It contains a learning management system (Moodle), an app for timetables (AlekSIS) or an operating system, specially made for educational usage (DebianEdu) and more.
The opportunities of free software are the independence of companies, the freedom to decide how the software is used in schools and transparent data protection. We also want to include the youth into developing software for their schools. Free software in schools allows students and teachers to develop together apps for their school, which can be integrated into the running system we present.
Benedict Suska, Kirill Schmidt and Domink George are members of Teckids, an association of which goals are to bring free software to youth and education.

Open Source in Teaching RISC-V

Video Presentation

RISC-V is an open instruction set architecture, attracting both open source and proprietary processor implementations. This makes it very attractive for education in computer organization and other courses. In this talk I will present our efforts to use and share open source implementations and tools for educational purposes.

Stefan Wallentowitz is Professor at Munich University of Applied Sciences, on the board of FOSSi Foundation and RISC-V.


Championing Open Source in Higher Education

Video Presentation

At the University of Edinburgh our Content Management System is based on Drupal and we try to support this by running code sprints, sponsoring events and giving venues space. However, we do find it hard to contribute code and are exploring ways to improve this. We also work with OpenUK and want to support running an event for UK University academics. This is a course aimed to help academics understand ‘open source participation and the curricular and pedagogical considerations of teaching open source’.

Bruce Darby is Product Owner for the University of Edinburgh’s Content Management System which is based on the Open Source CMS Drupal.

Open HPC Certification and Relationship to OSS

Video Presentation

The diversification of High-Performance Computing (HPC) practitioners challenges the traditional training approaches, which are not able to satisfy the specific needs of users, often coming from non-traditionally HPC disciplines and only interested in learning a particular set of skills. HPC practitioners are expected to have various HPC skills, however, those “skills” have not been well-defined until now. The ability to speak a common language – among HPC educators and users – is critical.

The HPCCF strives to identify this set of competencies for HPC users. It is our aim to thereby facilitate course offers across HPC sites and to provide a certification procedure for HPC practitioners. Ultimately, we aim for the certificates to be recognized and respected by the HPC community and industry. In the competence standard, we already have many open-source skills as open source fuels HPC systems. In this talk, technical details of how the certification uses open source software is presented.

Julian Kunkel is a Lecturer in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Reading. He manages several research projects revolving around high-performance computing (HPC) and particularly high-performance storage. He became interested in the topic of HPC storage in 2003, during his studies of computer science.  Julian serves as Membership Secretary and Advocacy and Outreach officer for the BCS Open Source SG. He is currently the chair for the HPC Certification Forum (HPC-CF).



Note: Please aim to connect at the latest by 18:25 as the event will start at 18:30 prompt.