[OSGeo-Edu] OSGeo webinars

Cameron Shorter cameron.shorter at gmail.com
Thu Jul 5 15:38:57 PDT 2012

I suggest that there are not going to be many volunteers until there is 
a template.
I suggest next steps should be:

1. Write a straw man template.
2. Put the template out to the community for review.
3. Receive lots of feedback, some of it contradicting.

These steps 1-3 will likely be done by one or maybe 2 people, and takes 
quite a bit of time.

4. Test the template by creating a webinar our 2 with it.
5. Revise template.

6. Then go out to the community asking for more webinars. This is the 
point where you do have a good chance of attracting volunteers, as the 
volunteers will be able to see how their material will be successful.
7. Review all material as it comes in for quality and consistency. (This 
is a lot of work).

Of note, I'm currently at step 6 with regards to building the OSGeo 
Advocate page, and I strongly encourage you all to add your profiles to 
this page over the next few days:
(For those already on the page, thankyou)

On 6/07/2012 5:41 AM, Charles Schweik wrote:
> 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?
> Cheers
> Charlie
> [1] http://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/Edu_goals_and_to_dos

Cameron Shorter
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