|GitHub Education A Free Program|
|Written by Sue Gee|
|Thursday, 21 June 2018|
GitHub has a new program that aims to get GitHub adopted by educational and training institutions. The GitHub Education bundle includes free access to GitHub Enterprise and the support offered by its Business Plan in addition to developers tools for students and workflows for teachers.
GitHub is already free to students and teachers for classroom use so at first this might not seem significantly different, but even though the GitHub Education program doesn't include anything completely new it still brings new benefits.
The existing components it combines are:
According to the GitHub blog GitHub Education is a free program for "schools". The type of educational institutions it is inteded for is:
a teaching-focused institution that grants degrees or certificates.
The first six GitHub Education Schools includes two universities, Gallaudet University and the University of New Hampshire, two colleges, Santa Barbara City College and St. Louis Community College, two coding schools, 42 Silicon Valley and Ubiqum Code Academy in Spain.
GitHub Education schools benefit from:
GitHub aims to have school both large and small join the program. Outlining how the new GitHub Education site states:
To qualify, your school must be a teaching-focused institution that grants degrees or certificates. And in order to receive the benefits, your schools needs to:
Having trained teachers is a prerequisite for participating in the program - specifically a person from each department has to undergo GitHub's Campus Advisers training . This online training, delivered using GitHub Classroom as hands-on assignments, consists of four modules:
Git basics - Understand how Git works so you're more prepared to help your students when they get stuck
Individual work - Create, distribute and collect coding exercises for students to complete individually using GitHub Classroom
Group work - Strategies for creating group learning experiences that parallel real-world software development
Student programs - Opportunities for you to encourage self-directed technical education outside the classroom
With GitHub now becoming part of Microsoft and Microsoft's existing interest in education it will be interesting to see how this develops or even survives.
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|Last Updated ( Thursday, 21 June 2018 )|