Open Source Pedagogy, Research + Innovation (OSPRI) Lab (2018-2019)


OSPRI (Open Source Pedagogy, Research + Innovation), a collaboration between Duke and Red Hat, is harnessing the power of open source principles and methodologies to design and scale open learning contexts for a more equitable and collaborative world. OSPRI is housed in Duke’s Social Science Research Institute.

Project Description

OSPRI Lab’s learning environment and project deliverables are informed by open source values. Our learner-centered, pedagogical model focuses on collaboration and community, transparency and meritocracy, inclusion and diversity and iterative creation and adaptability. With an emphasis on open knowledge and access to information, whenever it is pedagogically sound to do so our deliverables will be public facing, open access and licensed for reuse and adaptation. Our goal is for OSPRI Lab to serve as a prototype for future broad-based infrastructure and curricular innovations at Duke and across other educational contexts.

During the 2018-19 academic year, OSPRI Lab’s project will focus on iterating and scaling CSbyUs. Co-founded by three Duke undergraduates and the founder of OSPRI, CSbyUs catalyzes networks of undergraduate students to expand access to quality computer science education among students traditionally underrepresented in STEM fields. Depending on student interests and project needs, students will likely focus on one of three areas:

  1. Teaching: Teach the first curriculum CSbyUs developed, called Mobile Citizens, in our K-12 partner locations. Mobile Citizens iterates from to design a community-centered, open source computer science curriculum tailored to meet the needs of local learning communities. Learn more about Mobile Citizens in the Duke Chronicle.
  2. R&D, Curriculum: Research and develop a new curriculum for CSbyUs centered around design and computational thinking.
  3. R&D, Open Source Education Technology: Develop open source tools for sharing CSbyUs curricula and enabling collaboration among CSbyUs communities.

Anticipated Outcomes

Viable, scalable and replicable open source pedagogical model prototyped; open source curricula and educational resources published; open source education technology product prototyped; articles submitted to open access publications; applications submitted to participate in academic conferences; storytelling platform launched to share project’s work; data analyzed and research published on the efficacy of the CSbyUs model


Summer 2018 – Spring 2019

  • Summer 2018: Master’s student RA conducts literature reviews and case studies of personalized, collaborative learning and the education technology landscape.
  • Fall 2018: Begin teaching the Mobile Citizens curriculum in Durham middle schools; begin researching and developing new curriculum ideas; begin researching and developing CSbyUs technology needs; complete assessment tools to measure middle school student learning and other key CSbyUs objectives; apply to present our work at a conference.
  • Spring 2019: Complete new curriculum; continue teaching; technology team conducts user testing and iterates on open source education technology tools; develop best practices for near-peer mentorship; analyze data and publish research on the efficacy of the Mobile Citizens model.

Team Outcomes to Date

OSPRI Lab: CSbyUs (poster by Tanner Johnson, Carter Zenke, Amy Jiang, Aria Chernik, Bozhena Etin, Haley Barton, Megan Phibbons, Jay Patel, Eliza Paradise, Judyth Estrada, Lanre Oshin, Nick Turecky, Cady Zhou, Brian Njoroge, Daniel Hwang, Faven Getahun, Amarachi Achonu, presented at EHDx, Duke University, April 9, 2019 and at Bass Connections Showcase, Duke University, April 17, 2019)

OSPRI Lab: CSbyUs (talk by Jay Patel and Megan Phibbons, EHDx, Duke University, April 9, 2019)

CSbyUs: Harnessing the Power of Open Source to Transform Computer Science Education (presentation by Aria Chernik, Amy Jiang, Carter Zenke), All Things Open, Raleigh, NC, October 23, 2018

CSbyUs (workshops led by Eliza Paradise, Yeonju Suh, Carter Zenke, Bozhena Etin), School Days, Durham, NC, November 2, 2018

CSbyUs: Developing Justice-oriented Education Programs in Computer Science and Beyond (workshop led by Amy Jiang, Eliza Paradise, Carter Zenke, Cady Zhou), CSNAP Student Conference, Fayetteville, NC, November 10, 2018

This Team in the News

The Communities I Am a Part of

Duke Student Mentors Help Local Girls Build Skills in Data Science

United Nation CSW 63: The Fearless Future of Technology

Day of Data

Day of Data at Duke brings open source learning to K-16 education

Duke Students Enhance Computer Science Education in Durham Schools, the Open Source Way

Open Source Thinking

See related teams, OSPRI Lab: CSbyUs (2019-2020) and OSPRI Lab: Open Source Education Technology (2017-2018).

OSPRI Lab logo

Team Leaders

  • Aria Chernik, Social Science Research Institute|Innovation & Entrepreneurship

/graduate Team Members

  • Bozhena Etin, Liberal Studies-AM

/undergraduate Team Members

  • Hayley Barton, Economics (BS)
  • Judyth Estrada Salinas, Computer Science (AB), Sociology (AB2)
  • Faven Getahun, Political Science (AB)
  • Daniel Hwang
  • Amy Jiang, Public Policy Studies (AB)
  • Melody Jiang, Mathematics (BS)
  • Vivian Kirby, Mechanical Engineering (BSE), Computer Science (AB2)
  • Jie Liu, Computer Science (BS)
  • Brian Njoroge, Public Policy Studies (AB), Int Comparative Studies (AB2)
  • Lanre Oshin, Computer Science (BS)
  • Eliza Paradise, Computer Science (AB), Global Health (AB2)
  • Jay Patel, Computer Science (BS)
  • Megan Phibbons
  • Yeon Suh, Psychology (BS)
  • Nicholas Turecky
  • Carter Zenke, Program II (AB)
  • Ziqing Zhou

/yfaculty/staff Team Members

  • Jan Riggsbee, Arts & Sciences-Program in Education

/zcommunity Team Members

  • Red Hat
  • North Carolina School of Science and Math
  • Duke TeachHouse
  • Boys and Girls Club of Durham and Orange Counties
  • Student U
  • Tanner Johnson, Gusto