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Introducing the values of open communities to students: A podcast with Grant Hearn

Podcast series: Those who can, teach and do: An interview with Grant Hearn
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As the 2011-2012 academic year rolls in, we're starting something new: a podcast series titled, Those who can, teach and do. Over the past several months, I've been interviewing people who find themselves playing the role of both educator and practitioner. The initial series of podcasts come from interviews gathered at SIGCSE 2011 in Dallas, Texas (March), at POSSE 2011 in Raleigh, NC (July), and ICER 2011 in Providence, RI (August).

The first conversation in this series is with Grant Hearn, a lecturer at the University of the Western Cape in South Africa. After taking part in POSSE South Africa, Grant has begun looking for ways to introduce his students (and, truly, learners in any environment) to the value of open communities.

Like any good open endeavor, we're learning as we go on this one. With apologies to Leonard McCoy, "Damnit, reader, I'm a professor, not a studio engineer!" That said, we hope that the efforts of our interviewees serve as inspiration to you in your own work, or perhaps they'll even be someone that you reach out to and establish a working relationship and collaboration.

You can download an MP3 or OGG file of Grant's interview from the attachments below.


About the author

Matt Jadud - Matt is passionate about the design and development of usable languages for embedded control. You can some of his work at, a rallying point for parallel programming on the popular Arduino platform. However, most of the time Matt keeps himself busy as a member of the faculty at Berea College.