[OSGeo-Edu] OSGeo webinars

Charles Schweik cschweik at pubpol.umass.edu
Thu Jul 5 12:41:34 PDT 2012

On Fri, Jun 29, 2012 at 3:52 PM, Cameron Shorter
<cameron.shorter at gmail.com> wrote:
> I think that this is a good idea and strongly suggest that you think about
> creating a standard formula that educators can follow when creating webinars
> (or workshops, or courses).

Cameron and others:

Thanks for your responses re the international webinar idea. Cameron,
indeed, you've proven your process works and I agree it is an
excellent model to follow.

- I'm proposing to hold a coordinated webinar series between September
and December (or perhaps for the 2012-13 academic year).

- I propose that the target audience be undergraduate and graduate
students potentially wanting to learn more about Open Source or Open
Source Geospatial, or any other participant who wants to hear the
topic. But our goal should be trying to start a coordinated webinar
series that connects students in our educational institutions.

- I have Adobe Connect webinar software that we can use for this
activity. What we need is a list of agreed upon topics for our first
set of webinars.

- Please visit [1]. If you have a topic of potential interest to
undergraduate or grad students, please list it and we'll go from
there. My goal is to have topics and a schedule figured out by the end
of July. Once we have the topics, we can discuss the idea of a
standard format. A second goal of this is to show a proof of concept
that we might be able to leverage in some future grant proposals to
support our educational efforts and coordination.

- Cameron suggested months ago to solicit authors of the live dvd
documentation to do webinar demos of their software. I think that
would be valuable. Is anyone willing to help me contact these authors
about this?


[1] http://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/Edu_goals_and_to_dos

Charlie Schweik

Associate Professor

- Department of Environmental Conservation
- Center for Public Policy and Administration
- Associate Director, National Center for Digital Government (www.ncdg.org)
University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Author, Internet Success: A Study of Open Source Software (MIT Press,
2012) - see http://tinyurl.com/d3e4545
Outsmart Invasive Species project: http://masswoods.net/outsmart

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