UNDP FOSS in education primer

Tan Wooi Tong (International Open Source Network, UNDP’s Asia-Pacific Development Information Programme) has written a primer about F/OSS in education.

This primer is intended to help policy – and decision – makers understand the potential use of FOSS in education — where and how it can be used, why it should be used, and what issues are involved. In particular, officials in ministries of education, school
and university administrators, academic staff and researchers should find this primer useful.

Actually, I haven’t read it yet (55 pages) but the table of contents looks quite interesting to me:

Introduction
Why FOSS for Education?

Infrastructure
Requirements of educational institutions
Server software
Workstation software
Cost savings

Administration
Library management systems
Learning management systems
Others

Teaching IT with F/OSS
Computer literacy
Schools
Higher education

Open Content

Research using F/OSS
Bioinformatics
High-end computing

Training in F/OSS
Certification

Policy Uses

Glossary
References
Further readings
About the author
Acknowledgement

The reference:

Tan Wooi Tong: Free/Open Source Software in Education (909 Kb)

The primer is published under a Creative Commons license.

[via Lucinda Ramos through the elearn-opensource discussion list]

If you need to cite this article in a formal way (i.e. for bibliographical purposes) I dare suggest:

Peña-López, I. (2004) “UNDP FOSS in education primer” In ICTlogy, #13, October 2004. Barcelona: ICTlogy.
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