[okfn-discuss] FTA Announce #9: Associate Network expansion & quick news

Hinde ten Berge hinde at freeknowledge.eu
Wed Sep 29 09:08:37 UTC 2010

 From the Free Knowledge Institute about the Free Technology Academy

Permanent link: http://ftacademy.org/announce/9

FTA Announcement #9: Expansion of the FTA Associate Network and quick 
FTA News

== Gleducar joins the FTA Associate Network ==

We are happy to announce the joining of Gleducar into the FTA network. 
Argentine non-profit organisation Gleducar has been working in the 
Free/Open Education field for almost ten years. It has built a community 
with over 500 educators and learners and is one of the most important 
educational initiatives of Latin America. Gleducar NGO will contribute 
relevant feedback and review FTA Course materials. It will also 
participate in the development of future courses about open and free 
educational tools for teachers.

We plan to expand the FTA in Latin America through the participation of 
the Gleducar community in our dissemination strategies. As an official 
associated partner Gleducar members are encouraged to represent and 
communicate the Free Technology Academy with the objective to grow the 
network of participants in the community and partners in the project.

More information: http://ftacademy.org/announce/gleducar

== P2P Foundation joins the FTA Associate Network ==

The FTA is proud to announce the incorporation of the Foundation for P2P 
Alternatives (P2P-F) to its Associate Network. The P2P-F is the 
organisation behind the most extensive research platform on peer 
production topics around the world.

The P2P-F will contribute to the FTA in various ways, such as providing 
Guest Lectures to FTA courses and communicating FTA news through their 
networks. Feedback is expected on course materials, and advise and help 
with improving the FTA curriculum. One particular joint project the 
P2P-F will be working on together with the Free Knowledge Institute is 
the development of a course on "Peer Production and Commons Theory". 
This course will be developed following the peer production model and 
will be open for contributions by peers and other organisations. The 
resulting course will be hosted by the Free Technology Academy and its 

More information: http://ftacademy.org/announce/p2pf

== FTA Quick news ==
The Free Technology Academy keeps moving on and of course we are working 
on the upcoming year's courses. The FTA 2011 campus activities start in 
the second week of January 2011. For the first term, the following 
courses are scheduled:

* The concepts of Free Software and Open Standards
* GNU/Linux Basic
* GNU/Linux Advanced
* Free Software Utilities
* Network Technologies
* Web applications development
* Software development	
* Implementation of Free Software and Case Studies

We offer a 10% early bird discount for registrations up to 2 months 
before the scheduled start of the course. So don't wait any longer and 

More information and the full 2011 programme: 

== About the Free Technology Academy ==

A Consortium formed by the Open University of Catalonia (Spain), the 
Open University of the Netherlands and the University of Agder (Norway) 
and led by the Free Knowledge Institute (FKI), the FTA has received the 
support from the EC's Lifelong Learning Programme to set up an 
international educational programme on Free Software. The courses are 
taught completely online in a virtual campus based on the Campus Project 
interoperability framework.

Following the Open Educational Resources movement, all learning 
materials are freely available through the Internet. The use of Free 
Software (also referred to as Open Source software or Libre Software) is 
rapidly expanding in governmental and private organisations. However, 
still only a limited number of ICT 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 

* More information: http://www.ftacademy.org
* Contact information: contact at ftacademy.org
* Digital version: http://ftacademy.eu/announce/9

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