NATIONAL WORKSHOP ON FOSS ADOPTION IN EDUCATION
Saturday, August 27, 2011
C-DAC, Kharghar, Navi Mumbai
Many softwares have been developed for adopting technology in education for resource availability, sharing, and access to them even after school/college hours. There have also been developments aimed to ease other educational activities like course enrollment, conduct of examination from setting question papers to correcting answers and displaying results. Such softwares are available in the market in both forms proprietary and open source.
Unlike the proprietary softwares, Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) alternatives are free of cost, source code is available with the software, and the institution has freedom to modify the source code to customize the software as per requirement. For modification and maintenance the institution has full freedom to develop the required skills in-house with the help of faculties and system admin staff or they can choose to hire external help.
However, one of the problems is there are many FOSS tools available and a novice institution/teacher/software development organization has to take lot of efforts to short-list/choose a software for adoption. They will have to spend days looking for different softwares, their reviews, comparisons, etc. If such problems are reduced for the ease of FOSS adoption then the institutions/teachers can reap the above benefits of FOSS much more seamlessly.
The workshop intents to promote technology and FOSS adoption in educational institutions. Various FOSS tools in education will be demonstrated in the workshop. The participants will also get to experience the work of C-DAC Mumbai in promoting technology/FOSS in education. The workshop will provide an opportunity to interact with participants from different organizations and industry practitioners. The workshop will involve keynote and invited lectures by distinguished researchers and/or professionals.
Objectives of Workshop:
- Understand the benefits and role of technology in education.
- Understand role of repositories (content, softwares) in technology adoption in education.
- Get exposure to various softwares, repostories for education.
- Understand applications of AI techniques like Machine Learning, Natural Language Processing, Information Retrieval in educational softwares.
- Educational institution management
- Software developers
Details will be available soon.
Registration will be on first come first serve basis. Fees details are as below,
Fees (in Rs.)
Teachers, Full-time students
All payments should be made by a Demand Draft drawn in favour of “C-DAC Mumbai” payable at Mumbai.
Note: The accommodation charges are separate from registration fees.
National Resource Centre for Free & Open Source Software (NRCFOSS): http://nrcfoss.org.in
For More details, please contact:
Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (Formerly NCST)
Near Bharati Vidyapeeth, Raintree Marg, Sector 7, CBD Belapur,
Navi Mumbai – 400614
Telephone: + 91-22-27565303/304/305