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Date: Wed, 9 Jun 2004 23:50:36 +0530 (IST)
From: "Frederick Noronha (FN)" <fred@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
UNESCO's IIEP Organizes Virtual Forum on Free and Open Source Software
for E-Learning 25-05-2004 (UNESCO)
An internet discussion on "Virtual Forum on Free and Open Source
Software" (FOSS) is being organized by the International Institute for
Educational Planning (IIEP) in response to the interest expressed
during the first discussion forum Virtual universities and e-learning
Policy issues – What are they? and Whose are they? associated
with the IIEP study on the virtual university and e-learning.
At the conclusion of the first forum in February 2004, many
participants asked IIEP to maintain its support for the community
built around the topic of e-learning. The objective of this second
forum is to support information exchange and reflection upon the
potential of free and open source software for e-learning and to
consider the pros and cons and its applicability for developing
The forum will take place from 1-25 June 2004 and will be organized in
* Session 1 (1-11 June):
FOSS: what is it and what should you know about it?
FOSS for e-learning: what are the pros and cons?
* Session 2 (14-25 June):
FOSS solutions for e-learning
It will be generally moderated by Susan D’Antoni, the editor of
the IIEP study on the virtual university, with input from the members
of the informal organizing group for the forum:
Tony Bailetti (Carleton University, Canada)
Jean Claude Dauphin (UNESCO)
Ross Gardler (University of the West Indies)
Stafano Mazzocchi (Apache Software Foundation)
Paul West (Commonwealth of Learning).
The format will be informal with an open exchange of information among
participants. However, in addition to the informed input from the
organizing group, some experts have been invited to share their
experience and ideas.
Participants will be given a brief document introducing the forum,
with several suggested general background documents.
The discussion and debate will be summarized in a report that will be
made available to all the participants as documentation on the issues
and concerns related to the potential of FOSS for e-learning.
To join the forum, you can send an e-mail message to:
Bharathi S, www.MidasComm.com
Intel Lab, TeNeT, IIT-Madras
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