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

Suchith Anand Suchith.Anand at nottingham.ac.uk
Fri Jan 30 04:04:30 PST 2015

Thanks Rick. You and the whole MOOC team have done a great contribution to our geoeducation efforts by giving away the course materials under CC licence . This  in one masterstroke has now changed geoeducation landscape forever.  From lecturers in Brazil who now can translate this into Portuguese to educators in Africa and Asia who can customise this for thier teaching requirements this opens a whole new dimension to our geoeducation efforts.  Now educators globally  can build upon this. Thank you.


From: Rick Smith [rickasmith at gmail.com]
Sent: Monday, January 26, 2015 2:42 PM
To: Jorge Sanz
Cc: Suchith Anand; discuss at lists.osgeo.org
Subject: Re: [OSGeo-Discuss] Great momentum for our "Openness in Geoeducation" mission

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: https://github.com/FOSS4GAcademy/GST101FOSS4GLabs/tree/master/Module%200%20Lab/QGIS%202.6

Feedback and contributions are always welcome.


On Mon, Jan 26, 2015 at 3:37 AM, Jorge Sanz <jsanz at osgeo.org<mailto:jsanz at osgeo.org>> wrote:
2015-01-26 10:24 GMT+01:00 Suchith Anand <Suchith.Anand at nottingham.ac.uk<mailto: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.

Jorge Sanz
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