Work As Though You Lived in the Early Days of a Better Nation

Cam Macdonell teaches computer science at Grant MacEwan University in Edmonton. Last September, he had to deliver a software engineering class for the first time. Instead of giving his students the kind of throwaway project such classes are usually built around, he put them to work on Ushahidi, a humanitarian open source project. As his end-of-course blog post shows, they can be proud both of what they did, and how well they did it. Like David Humphrey’s course at Seneca College, or the UCOSP program that gives students from across Canada a chance to work together for course credit, this ought to be part of every undergraduate’s education.