Adopting Open Source IT Certification in Higher Education: Lessons from the Field

Murphy, Stephen (2016) Adopting Open Source IT Certification in Higher Education: Lessons from the Field. In: FLOSS Education and Computational Thinking Workshop.

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Abstract

This paper suggests areas of good practice and considerations based upon the experience of embedding an open source information technology (IT) certification into a UK higher education program. Academically, open source is used as a vehicle for teaching general academic skills and values, but also as a collection of marketable skills. IT certification is used to further develop and signpost these skills to employers. This paper critically reviews literature in the fields of open source software in education and IT certification. A case study then discusses the methods used to embed such certification at Birmingham City University in the UK. Key barriers are reviewed along with a summary of lessons learned for the benefit of those considering similar actions.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Subjects: G400 Computer Science
X200 Research and Study Skills in Education
Divisions: Faculty of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment
Faculty of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment > School of Computing and Digital Technology
Faculty of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment > School of Computing and Digital Technology > Cloud Computing
UoA Collections > UoA11: Computer Science and Informatics
Depositing User: Stephen Murphy
Date Deposited: 02 May 2017 10:59
Last Modified: 15 Aug 2017 08:14
URI: http://www.open-access.bcu.ac.uk/id/eprint/3939

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