The openSE Project: “openSE – open educational framework for computer science Software Engineering” Project Objective • To set

up an Open Educational Framework for Software Engineering bringing together academia, formally enrolled students, fellow students, free learners outside of formal education and open source practitioners and enterprises. To systematically combine formal and informal learning within an unfettered informal learning environment. To stimulate participatory learning experiences and foster practical ‘hands-on’ sessions where learning activities and output become a learning resource itself. To enable current and future learners to benefit continuously and fully from others' achievements, regardless where these achievements have been made.

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About The openSE project brings together higher education institutions, open source projects and enterprises from different countries, from Europe and beyond, to collaboratively build up a common learning ecosystem. The openSE framework is an open approach to computer science Software Engineering and aims at the continuous provision of up to date and relevant learning materials and opportunities that match students' interests and employers' demand; providing firms with better educated employees and allow learners to acquire an enhanced set of skills than traditional educational provision does. The openSE framework will be open to any type of learner: students of partnering universities, learners from the enterprise field, or 'free learners' outside of any type of formal educational context. Within the openSE project we aim at drawing on ongoing initiatives and prior experiences on open educational provision or experiences of computer science education within open source projects. We cordially invite fellow educational institutions, practitioners and enterprises from the open source field, and all types of learners to contribute to the development of openSE, be it in terms of structuring and shaping the openSE environment, to provide learning resources, mentorship and support opportunities, etc. Why openSE? Traditionally, in closed formal education, students cannot fully benefit from and build upon the achievements of previous student cohorts or firms and learners outside of the institution. Similarly, learners outside traditional educational institutions cannot benefit from students’ learning processes and outcomes inside these institutions. In contrast, the Web 2.0 offers opportunities for open and inclusive education. Open Source communities, for example, have proven that volunteer collaboration can outperform traditional ways of knowledge creation and sharing, which are the cornerstones of innovativeness.
This project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This publication [communication] reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.

A reasonable way to better exploit these opportunities is applying the principles of open participatory learning to existing training courses. This appears particularly appropriate for Computer Science, as only in this field the approach can directly build upon the achievements of the global open source community. We therefore propose an Open Educational Framework for Software Engineering - openSE. openSE brings together HEIs, formally enrolled students, fellow students, free learners outside of formal education, open source practitioners and enterprises. The novelty of the openSE project is that it systematically combines formal and informal learning within an unfettered informal learning environment. openSE will stimulate participatory learning experiences, involving practical ‘hands-on’ sessions where learning activities and output become a learning resource itself. OpenSE thus enables future learners to benefit continuously and fully from others' achievements, regardless where these achievements have been made. A deeper understanding of educational settings that integrate formal education with expert driven communities will help developing new educational scenarios that unfold the opportunities the web provides and goes beyond software engineering. It will strengthen the linkage between education and business and increase the speed of innovation. Partnership • • • • • • • • • • Aristotle University of Thessaloniki – Greece (Pilot Lead) EPITA, Ecole pour l'Informatique et les Techniques Avancées – France Free Technology Academy - The Netherlands (Content Lead) IBM Europe – Belgium Sociedade Portuguesa de Inovação - Portugal (co-ordinator) Tampere University of Technology, Department of Software Systems – Finland The Open University, Institute of Educational Technology (IET) – UK Universidade Rey Juan Carlos, Departamento de Sistemas Telemáticos y Computación – Spain (Technical Lead) University of Oxford - OSSWatch, Research Technology Service (RTS), Oxford University Computing Services. - UK (Learner support Lead) UNU-MERIT: United Nations University - Maastricht Economic and social Research and training centre on Innovation and Technology - The Netherlands (Evaluation Lead)

Project website: www.openSE.net For further information: on the concept, related research & earlier works please contact: Andreas Meiszner (meiszner@merit.unu.edu) with regards to the LLP funded project co-ordination please contact: Jose Carvalho (josecarvalho@spi.pt)

This project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This publication [communication] reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.

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