OSPRI Lab: Open Source Education Technology (2017-2018)

OSPRI (Open Source Pedagogy, Research + Innovation) is a partnership between Duke University and Red Hat that is jointly housed in Duke’s Social Science Research Institute and Innovation & Entrepreneurship Initiative.

This Bass Connections project investigated the gap between how learning occurs outside and inside academic settings—between the participatory, social, crowdsourced, self-organized learning students authentically engage in beyond the classroom and the industrial-era, one-to-many, hierarchical-driven teaching occurring in many classrooms.

In 2017-18, the team piloted a viable, scalable and replicable open source pedagogical model and developed a beta version of open source education technology focused on social, adaptive and customizable learning.

The team also partnered with Red Hat’s Co.Lab, a program designed to close the gender gap in STEM fields. Members of the team helped introduce middle school-aged program participants to the principles of open source education and collaboration and shared their experiences working with open source tools.

The team also participated in the RE:Publishing series, a workshop hosted by Duke libraries focused on publishing as a pedagogical tool. Panelists discussed ways to encourage students to make their work public and usable by others using open source tools.


Summer 2017 – Spring 2018

Team Outcomes

Aria Chernik (Co-editor). “The Open Organization Guide for Educators.” 2019. Opensource.com.

Aria Chernik, CSbyUs: Broadening Equitable Access to CS Education by Students, for Students ($10,000 grant awarded from the Grable Foundation, 2018)

OSPRI Lab: Open Source Education Technology (talk by Cody Li, Jihane Bettahi and Justin Bergkamp), winner of best Education & Human Development talk, EHDx, April 19, 2018

OSPRI Lab: Open Source Education Technology (poster by Adriana Lapuerta, Chentian Jiang, Cody Li, Jihane Bettahi, Melody Jiang, Phyllis Leong and Justin Bergkamp), presented at EHDx, April 19, 2018

Project team website

This Team in the News

Faculty Perspectives: Aria Chernik

Duke Senior Gabriella Deich Named Rhodes Scholar

Why We're Crowd-Sourcing Ethical Tech Education

Harnessing the Power of Open Source Research and Teaching to Transform Education

Bass Connections Showcase Presents Research Highlights from Durham to Malaysia

Third Annual EHDx Talks Celebrates Student Research

OSPRI: Open Source Pedagogy, Research + Innovation

How Duke Faculty Are Using Publishing to Teach

Students Explore Humanities Through Culture, Community & Commerce Pathway

Connecting Girls with STEM Role Models

New Course Explores Open Source Principles

Open Project Collaboration from Elementary to University Classrooms

This project team was originally part of the Education & Human Development theme of Bass Connections, which ended in 2022. See related team, OSPRI Lab (2018-2019).


Team Leaders

  • Aria Chernik, Social Science Research Institute|Innovation & Entrepreneurship
  • Robert Duvall, Arts & Sciences-Computer Science

/undergraduate Team Members

  • Melody Jiang, Statistical Science (BS)
  • Carter Zenke, Program II (AB)
  • Sharon Peng, Statistical Science (BS)
  • Cam-Ha Nguyen, Public Policy Studies (AB), Asian & Mid East Studies (AB2)
  • Cody Li, Computer Science (BS)
  • Phyllis Leong, Int Comparative Studies (AB)
  • Adriana Lapuerta, Computer Science (AB)
  • Min Chul (Mitchell) Kim, Electrical & Computer Egr(BSE), Computer Science (BSE2)
  • Justin Bergkamp, Computer Science (BS)
  • Chentian Jiang, Computer Science (BS)
  • Suhiba Firuz, Computer Science (BS)
  • Gabriella Deich, Program II (BS)
  • Trenton Bricken, Program II (BS)
  • Jihane Bettahi, Electrical & Computer Egr(BSE), Computer Science (BSE2)

/yfaculty/staff Team Members

  • Michael Greene II, Center for Instructional Technology
  • Michael Faber, Innovation Co-Lab; OIT
  • Brian Norberg, Arts & Sciences
  • Hannah Rozear, Duke Libraries

/zcommunity Team Members

  • Red Hat