The Open @ RIT scholarship program supports open faculty and staff projects
Open @ RIT, the university’s open programs office, has established a scholarship program to support faculty and staff in their work in the open community.
Twenty-one projects were selected across the university for open work in everything from game development to ASL linguistics. Each scholarship recipient will receive the support of an Open @ RIT LibreCorps team in 2021.
RIT’s LibreCorps initiative helps students find internships and contribute to open source humanitarian, community and educational projects with organizations. The LibreCorps team is funded through a grant of nearly $ 500,000 from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.
Chris Kurz, a professor in the MSc program in secondary education at NTID, was among seven people with a project in the first cohort. The Scholars Program worked with Kurz to bring a fresh take on an open source platform his team has been building over the past two years.
Kurz leads the World Around You project, which aims to increase the literacy of deaf children around the world. The platform includes a repository of multilingual stories for deaf and hearing children.
“They shared with us their research and recommendations for the platform to make it more interactive and engaging for our end users,” said Kurz. “They are professional in their work and they appreciate our feedback. My team looks forward to continuing this collaboration with the program to make stories accessible to children around the world.
W. Michelle Harris, Associate Professor in the School of Interactive Games and Media at RIT, has been using open software developed by the Processing Foundation for over a decade in the introductory programming sequence for students of interactive new media development. . By working with the Open @ RIT Fellows program, which handled communications, logistics, and student enrollment coordination, they were able to translate and add new raw examples to the Processing Foundation’s repository of examples and tutorials. .
“It gives me great joy to be able to offer something back to the treatment community, in the form of examples that we have developed to teach introductory programming,” said Harris. “This is something I would never have accomplished on my own.”
The Open @ RIT initiative is dedicated to supporting all kinds of “open work” including – but not limited to – open source software, open science, open data, open hardware, open educational resources , works under a Creative Commons license and open research.
Open work is not exclusive, which means that it is allowed to be accessible to the public and that anyone can edit or share it, according to the terms of the license. While the original term, “open source” came out of the software industry, it has since evolved into a set of values that has applications in everything from science to media.
Other Open @ RIT fellows work in the fields of computational astrophysics, plant genetics, open access journal accessibility, open data, software development and testing, conservation and Moreover. For more information, visit the Open @ RIT website.