Open Learning Environment
core.ldf at gmail.com
Sun Feb 10 16:23:25 GMT 2008
Hey William and Steve,
Thanks for the replies I will investigate both sets of suggestion fully once
I get back from our family dinner.
On Feb 10, 2008 8:28 AM, William Kinghorn <williamk at dut.ac.za> wrote:
> Hi Alexander,
> I am not suggesting hardware, just training material.
> Some course material that you might consider using, some might need
> This is from a e-mail that Billy Cina sent me. This is for Ubuntu 7.10,
> but should work for Edubuntu.
> Ubuntu 7.10 Desktop Course - IT's HERE!!
> pdf versions of the student guide and instructor guide are
> attached here: Student Guide attachment:student.pdf
> and Instructor Guide attachment:instructor.pdf
> In order to retrieve the actual code and contribute or modify the
> content, you will need to have a launchpad account and bzr set up
> on your computer. The launchpad branch is: [WWW]
> from : http://www.tutorialsforopenoffice.org/Welcome.html
> We strongly recommend the following
> 1. Download and Save the tutorial into your "My Documents"
> 2. Print the tutorial.
> 3. Read the tutorial first to get an idea of what is in
> the tutorial and then do the exercise.
> 4. As you do the tutorial observe what happens on our
> LPI 101 and LPI 102 training notes - training course material, licenced
> under GNU FDL.
> Hope this helps
> >>> "Alexander Hanff" <core.ldf at gmail.com> 02/09/08 8:48 PM >>>
> Hello all,
> I am in the final year of my degree and for my final year project I have
> elected to set up and Open Learning environment for a local Internet Cafe.
> The company used to run Learn Direct courses (for those of you not in the
> these were government sponsored basic IT courses which were free for low
> income and unemployed people) so they already have a training room which
> networked on GigE and has space for 12 machines.
> Members of the public will be able to "Drop In" and do courses at no
> irrespective of their social background and the range of courses will
> include word processing, graphics manipulation, spreadsheets,
> general IT training and anything else I can think of during the project.
> There will be a staff member in the room to provide "support" but not to
> actually teach so ideally it would be useful to find existing courses
> FOSS software such as OOo. I don't actually have to provide the courses
> the project is primarily a feasibility study but the company is interested
> in deploying if the study gives positive results. I will also be looking
> a range of funding via grants and sponsorship from private trusts, local,
> central and European government sources.
> I am thinking of going the thin client route to minimise hardware and
> operational costs and was hoping some of the people on this list may have
> already set up such projects in schools and other environments who would
> able to share the experience and suggestions with me. I need to do a full
> budget for hardware and give some indication as to other costs (such as
> energy use and maintenance).
> So I need ideas on hardware specs for 12 thin clients which will keep
> low but allow efficient delivery to the end user. I am not adverse to
> a flash drive to pull the users /home/ folder over on boot to cut the
> network traffic and increase responsiveness. I would also like the user
> be able to store their own files on a USB pen drive should they wish to
> their work away with them.
> Server-wise I am not too concerned, from the reading I have done so far I
> would be very surprised if the company doesn't have suitable server
> already in house but even if they don't I don't anticipate I will have any
> problems creating a decent server specification.
> So if you have any advice, experiences or suggestions you wish to share,
> please drop a reply to this email. I am a long term Linux user (over 10
> years) and reasonably well known in the Ubuntu community so feel free to
> a little technical and also any warnings about possible obstacles or
> problems people have encountered on similar projects would be a bonus.
> Finally any links to existing free CBT resources based around FOSS
> applications would be great as I could then include them as a bonus to the
> My final year dissertation is on the negative impact and consequences of a
> Microsoft centric public sector (including education) so obviously using
> Open technologies for this project will compliment my dissertation well
> will be able to be used as supporting evidence.
> I look forward to reading the responses.
> Alexander Hanff
> aka Paladine
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