Welcome to the Instructor Guide for the micro-courses in the Open Source Technology Management (OSTM) program at Brandeis. Each micro-course is four weeks long with a final live meeting to wrap up during the fifth week. As a course instructor, you are responsible for the instruction and day-to-day implementation of the course. This guide will support you in that effort, providing tips and guidance for each major aspect of the course.
On this page you will find general information and resources about the program and your role within it. There are also resources for the platforms and tools you and your students will use during the course.
The navigation tabs on the left are organized by the stages of your course. Within each, you’ll find detailed support and resources to support your preparation and teaching.
As faculty in the OSTM program, you are expected to:
Students in the OSTM program may take just a single course, take multiple courses in any order, or pursue a formal credential. You will likely have a combination of each type of student in your courses. Click through the tabs to read more about each completion track and the requirements for each.
IMPORTANT Courses that started before April 2021 didn't use the current completion verification process. The new process does not apply retroactively to those courses; students who were considered "complete" for a course that ended on or before March 31, 2021 maintain that status. However, all courses starting on or after April 1, 2021 require the completion verification process for all students whether they are new or returning. Students may earn badges, certificates, and/or graduate credit regardless of the method of completion used for any completed course.
Each course is completely standalone and does not require any prerequisites. Students may elect to only take a single course in the program. In order to allow each student to hit the ground running, any foundational material should be located in the Foundations course for students to review on their own time before the start of the micro-course.
Students may participate as much or as little as they like in a course. However, any student who requires a verification of completion for their employer or their own records must:
Students who successfully complete two micro-courses in a given topic area can earn a digital badge.
In order to earn a badge, students must:
Students who successfully complete all six micro-courses can earn a Certificate in Open Source Technology Management. There is no additional fee to earn a certificate.
To be eligible for a certificate, students must fulfill all completion requirements for each course in each topic area.
Students can earn three graduate-level credits per topic area by completing an Assessment for Credit at the conclusion of the two micro-courses within a given topic area. Each three-credit bundle is equal to an elective course within Brandeis GPS. There is an additional cost and assessment for graduate credit.
Students have up to one year after completing the final micro-course in a topic area to apply to take the Assessment for Credit.
General resources for the OSTM program and Brandeis.