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The connections among Education, Green ICT and Free Software

Nov 22, 2010, 03:03 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Marco Fioretti)

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"During the fOSSa 2010 conference in Grenoble, several speakers talked about how much Free/Open Source Software (FOSS) is important in two fields that are strictly related for the future of our society: education and environmental sustainability. This is a synthesis of the most important points that emerged in those talks (My full fOSSa report is in a separate page).

"Education? It needs FOSS, but it also needs to change

"Marc Humbert and Jean-Philippe Rennard explained how the Grenoble School of Management is using the Moodle Learning Management System to offer frontal and remote teaching and to produce Open Courseware.

"The courses are doing fine, even if they said that it wasn't easy to introduce such a tool in a Microsoft-driven Business School ("nobody knows OpenOffice in companies and they want people immediately useful, that is already familiar with Excel or Word") and that they are still studying how to expand the whole program and keep it sustainable. Franco Iacomella and Wouter Tebbens presented the status of the Free Technology Academy, which has similar problems but a promising road ahead (here is my interview to Tebbens on the FTA)."

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