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Open source software has made inroads into mainstream computing where it was once the territory of software altruists, and the open source culture of technological collegiality and accountability may benefit education as well as industry. This paper describes the Recourse project, which seeks to transform the computer science undergraduate curriculum through teaching methods based on open source principles, values, ethics, and tools. Recourse differs from similar projects by bringing the open source culture into the curriculum comprehensively, systematically, and institutionally. The current state of the project is described, and initial results from a pilot exercise are presented.

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Dionisio JDN, Dickson CL, August SE, Dorin PM, Toal R. “An open source software culture in the undergraduate computer science curriculum.” ACM SIGCSE Bulletin 39(2):70-74, June 2007.

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© ACM, 2007. This is the author's version of the work. It is posted here by permission of ACM for your personal use. Not for redistribution. The definitive version was published in ACM SIGCSE Bulletin, 39, 2, (2007)