Your Course to Open Source

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We’re adding to our fully-online Open Source Technology Management courses to provide those pursuing a career around open source software even more options. In addition to our fully accredited, credit-barring courses offered through Brandeis University, we’ve developed six new “micro-courses.” Taking just four weeks and guided by high-profile leaders in the open source community, you’ll have the opportunity to explore the latest trends and techniques driving open source projects and companies. Case studies highlight real-world scenarios and solutions impacting the creation and delivery of open source software across industries. Group projects provide virtual teams direct experience in the highly collaborative, iterative, and innovative world of open source communities of practice.

And of course, just like our traditional courses, OSI members receive a 15% discount off the cost of our new micro-courses.

The goal of these courses, and why the OSI is so interested in supporting them, is to prepare the next generation of project founders, entrepreneurs, and business leaders to understand, leverage, and succeed as authentic open source users, developers, contributors, and maintainers.

Our micro-courses cover everything those working with open source software and communities need to know with four options that give students just the right credential to realize their educational and career goals.


  • Cultivate an Open Source Community (begins on June 1, 2020)
  • Integrate the Open Source Community (launches July 6, 2020)
  • Open Source Business Practices
  • Establish an Open Source Program Office
  • Open Source Workflow and Infrastructure
  • Production of Distributed Open Source Software

Credential options

  • Option 1: Take a single 4-week micro-course. Zero in on specific skills and knowledge to round out your professional profile. Our two upcoming courses are, Cultivate an Open Source Community (beginning on June 1, 2020) and Integrate the Open Source Community (launching July 6, 2020).
  • Option 2: Complete two micro-courses in a given topic area, and earn a digital badge in one of these three areas:
    • The Business of Open Source,
    • Open Source Community Development, or
    • Open Source Development Fundamentals.
  • Option 3: Complete all six micro-courses, and receive a certificate in Open Source Technology Management. Show your employer you’re serious about open source, and now they can be too.
  • Option 4: Complete a capstone assignment at the conclusion of two micro-courses, and earn 3 graduate-level credits. Add open source software to your graduate experience.

Sign up to receive more information about the program. If you have specific questions, please email Kathryn Wight at

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