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.

Integrating open source principles and methodologies into teaching and learning, communicating and creating within and beyond educational institutions, OSPRI Lab is building a 21st-century open learning ecosystem. The vision for the OSPRI Lab is to pilot this innovative pedagogical model while developing open source education technology focused on social, adaptive and customizable learning.

Project Description

This Bass Connections project addresses 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.

The project team will pilot a viable, scalable and replicable open source pedagogical model, and develop a beta version of open source education technology focused on social, adaptive and customizable learning. Depending on students’ interests and team composition, team members will write and submit an article to an open access publication; design and publish open education resources and a website; and submit an application to participate in at least one academic conference to present the pedagogical prototype and their education technology product

The project has the potential to make a significant impact on the critical societal issue of preparing students for 21st-century learning. The Partnership for 21st Century Learning defines these skills as creativity and innovation, critical thinking and problem solving, communication and collaboration. The Lab has the potential to serve as a prototype for future broad-based infrastructure and curricular innovations at Duke and other universities.

Anticipated Outcomes

Open source pedagogical model piloted; beta version of open source education technology produced; article submitted to an open access publication; open education resources and website produced; presentation at an academic conference


Summer 2017 (optional) – Spring 2018

  • Summer 2017: Team leaders complete project guide and design key assignments; research assistants conduct literature reviews of social, adaptive and customizable student-centered learning theories and case studies of the education technology landscape. Students may serve as research assistants over the summer but are not required to join the team until Fall 2017.

  • Fall 2017: Develop theoretical understanding of open knowledge, open access to information, key 21st century skills and learning competencies, student-centered learning theories; gain familiarity with peer-to-peer education technology landscape, design thinking and iterative methodologies, survey and focus group methodologies; design and complete case studies, surveys and focus groups; design education technology prototype

  • Spring 2018: Build, test, iterate education technology; share knowledge at an academic conference; publish open education resources; complete article for submission to an open access publication

Team Outcomes to Date

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

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

See related team, OSPRI Lab (2018-2019).

Faculty/Staff Team Members

Aria Chernik, Social Science Research Institute*
Robert Duvall, Arts & Sciences-Computer Science*
Michael Faber, Innovation Co-Lab; OIT
Michael Greene II, Center for Instructional Technology
Brian Norberg, Arts & Sciences
Hannah Rozear, Duke Libraries

Undergraduate Team Members

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

Community Team Members

Red Hat

* denotes team leader