[Fsf-friends] [x-post]Free Technology Academy website & course descriptions published!

Anivar Aravind anivar at movingrepublic.org
Wed Oct 28 00:10:56 IST 2009

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From: Hinde ten Berge

FTA Announcement #2: Website and course descriptions published

1. Free Technology Academy website launched!

The Free Technology Academy (FTA) is proud to announce the official
launch of its website. It's available at http://www.ftacademy.org. There
you will find all the information related with the project, including
news, next activities, press resources and many more. All the contents
are released under a free Copyleft license, so feel free to share and
reuse all the FTA materials.

2. FTA course programme published

The Free Technology Academy aims to establish a full educational
programme on Free Software and Open Standards. This programme can be
followed as a whole or only partially, and these studies can be expanded
at one or more of the partner universities.

The first set of courses is finally available. At
http://www.ftacademy.org/courses/modules you will find the description
of each module included in the FTA master level programme. The current
modules are:
       1) The concepts of Free Software and Open Standards
       2) The GNU/Linux Operating System
       3) Network Technologies
       4) Web applications development
       5) Economical aspects of Free Software
       6) Legal aspects of the Information Society
       7) Software development
       8) Case Studies

Each educational module in the FTA programme stands on its own and can
be followed independently, provided that the learner has the required
previous knowledge. Introductory courses require almost no previous
knowledge, besides the basics necessary to access the FTA campus itself,
while more advanced modules are meant for IT professionals seeking to
acquire specific skills.

The materials of each course will be published in the next few months
under a free content license. The registration for the first courses
will be announced soon, so stay tuned!

3. Contact information

To know more about the FTA, visit the official site at
http://www.ftacademy.org. To receive information on when registration
will open exactly, keep an eye on the website or subscribe to the
Announce list at
http://mail.freeknowledge.eu/mailman/listinfo/fta-announce. If you have
questions, or you are interested to become a partner organisation in the
FTA network, write us at contact (at) ftacademy.org

4. About the Free Technology Academy

A Consortium formed by three universities and led by the Free Knowledge
Institute (FKI) has received the support from the EC's Lifelong Learning
Programme to offer an international educational programme on Free
Software. Following the Open Educational Resources movement, all
learning materials will be freely available through the Internet. The
use of Free Software (also referred to as Open Source software or Libre
Software) is expanding rapidly in governmental and private
organisations. However, still only a limited number of IT professionals,
teachers and decision makers have sufficient knowledge and expertise in
these new fields. The Free Technology Academy aims to address this gap
by providing high level courses that fit into larger Master Programmes
at the participating universities.

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