[OSGeo-Discuss] Great momentum for our "Openness in Geoeducation" mission

Rick Smith rickasmith at gmail.com
Mon Jan 26 06:42:05 PST 2015

Hello All,

I'm one of the organizers working on the MOOC. We agree with the above
comments about giving back and teaching students about the Open Source
movement and community. So, our first lab assignment includes:
* lecture on FOSS and FOSS4G
* assignment requiring students to visit multiple links and answering
questions based on what they learn at those websites.

All of our material is freely available on GitHub. If you would like to
check out what is covered in the aforementioned lab, you can view it at:

Feedback and contributions are always welcome.


On Mon, Jan 26, 2015 at 3:37 AM, Jorge Sanz <jsanz at osgeo.org> wrote:

> 2015-01-26 10:24 GMT+01:00 Suchith Anand <Suchith.Anand at nottingham.ac.uk>:
> > Hi Paulo,
> >
> > You made an important point. I will inform the course organisors to
> include some information and slides in the program on how the students (and
> also faculty) can contribute and get involved not only in QGIS but also in
> OSGeo. I am hopeful that a good proportion of the students will contribute
> back (from helping documentation to translating there are lot of
> opportunity to contribute). The most important message that students should
> learn is the importance of Openness in Education and sharing knowledge for
> the benifit of the wider society.  Everyone can play an important role in
> this.
> >
> > Also this is part of our "Train the Trainer" strategy so it will have a
> multiplier effect over time.
> >
> > Best wishes,
> >
> > Suchith
> >
> >
> Absolutely agreed, it's great to teach not just about a nice tool but
> also about the community behind it, that this is not just a piece of
> software to learn. At the end yes, methodologies are the most
> important thing to learn on the scientific part  (tools as a means,
> not an end by themselves) but the social part of Open Source
> development can have its own place on the curriculum.
> Thanks Paolo for raising the point.
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