GitHub has announced an expansion of Global Campus to provide a single dashboard for teachers to connect with one another, create and grade assignments, and more.
GitHub Global Campus is used extensively by schools and universities in India, including the University of Mumbai, Shivaji College (University of Delhi), Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU), Manipal Institute of Technology (MIT), and Chandigarh University.
This expansion continues GitHub Education’s mission to offer nearly 2M+ students real-world experience and allow researchers and educators to work more effectively inside and outside of the classroom.
By joining Global Campus, teachers using GitHub Classroom get access to GitHub’s groundbreaking, browser-based IDE, Codespaces at no cost. Codespaces allows users to use a Visual Studio Code-backed editor, terminal, and debugger along with GitHub version control in the browser or on a desktop.
Integrating Codespaces into your GitHub Classroom experience can provide a scalable solution for quickly getting CS students started using virtually any device, including Chromebooks and iPads.
The new features make it easier for students to begin their development careers and for teachers to manage their classrooms, including:
- Global Campus for Teachers. Teachers can now access a single dashboard to connect with one another, create and grade assignments, and more.
- Free Codespaces for Classrooms. Codespaces provides a fully-featured development environment that can be hosted on any device.
The Global Campus teacher status with GitHub gives 1,250 hours of Codespaces at no cost, which is enough for a class of 50 students completing five assignments per month on a 2-core machine with one Codespace stored per student.
This easy access to Codespaces is the first step towards improving early access and ultimately bringing more software developers online. Much like the calculator accelerated and augmented what could be taught in a classroom, access to developer tools will open up myriad opportunities for students to solve increasingly complex challenges.
Teachers can join Global Campus by completing a short application for teacher benefits. Once accepted, applicants will be officially welcomed as a Global Campus teacher. GitHub says that its Global Campus will continue to grow and become a place for teachers to access the best resources and industry tools to incorporate in their classroom.