Ict@innovation: Free your IT Business in Africa/6

Module 6: FOSS Training edit

Introduction edit

FOSS Training has become a novel business opportunity for new and existing businesses as FOSS is becoming more and more mainstream. As more and more mature FOSS applications emerge, businesses who want to use them require training. Growing investment in FOSS applications are expected to continue in following years leading to growing training needs and opportunities. The Open World Forum road-map for 2020 http://www.2020flossroadmap.org/ predicts that 40% of jobs in IT will be FOSS related and highlight the challenges associated with the shortage of skilled FOSS professionals. The authors assume a 2% growth rate of IT employment annually, which translates directly into 1.5 million jobs in Europe i.e. the creation of 1.2 million completely new jobs (Open World Forum Roadmap, p 69). Thus, the modules in this topic will build on previous topics on basic FOSS concepts in Module 1, African FOSS business experiences as demonstrated by the case studies in Module 2 and some FOSS business skills and management skills (Modules 3 - 5) to addresses the skills and knowledge required to organise FOSS training in the African context.

Learning Objectives edit

  1. Understand some of the requirements for becoming a FOSS trainer.
  2. Be able to identify and seize the opportunities that exist for FOSS training as a business.
  3. Gain the knowledge and skills required to organise and provide FOSS training.
  4. Appreciate the benefits of peer production of Open Educational Resources and Open Content.
  5. Understand the crucial role of communication.

Authors and Trainers:Pool of African ict@innovation expert trainers

Name Module Name
Module 6 FLOSS Training Arnold Pietersen,

Celso Timana,

Paschalia Ouma,

Shirley Akasreku,

Frederick Yeboah,

Kofi Kwarko

More Trainers per country in full Pool of Trainers


Main contributors

Module 6 Sulayman K. Sowe (Facilitator), Arnold Pietersen, Glenn McKnight, Paschalia Ndungwa Ouma, Derek Lakudzala

Additional material for Module 6:FOSS TRAINING (presentations, tests, evaluation forms, pool of trainers, derived material) is available online at: http://www.ict-innovation.fossfa.net/node/4252

Sessions and Timetable edit

The entire content in this topic is estimated to be delivered in 2 days, with some variations within the modules. For instructional purposes, the content of this module can be delivered as proposed in the summarized table below.

9:00 – 10:30 Completion of Module 5
10:30 - 10:45 Coffee Break
10:45 - 12:15 * How to be a FOSS Trainer

12:15- 13:30 Lunch
13:30 – 15:00 * FOSS Training as a Business

15:00 – 15.15 Coffee Break
15:15-17:00 Invited talks: Discussion of FOSS training Experience, FOSS Business in Africa, FOSS in Government, FOSS in Education
Next day
9:00 – 10:30 * Organising Training

10:30 - 10:45 Coffee Break
10:45 - 12:15 * Training Material Development

12:15- 13:30 Lunch
13:30 - 15:00 * Open Educational Resources and Open Content

15:00 - 15:15 Coffee Break
15:15 - 17:00 * Training Communication Skills
  • Training Communication Skills
  • End of Module

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