Free Technology Academy [closed]

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The Free Technology Academy (FTA) project was born from the awareness of two remarks: software has become a strategic societal resource in the last few decades and free software, also known as open source software, can have a main role as free resource at everyone’s disposal.

Context
The Free Technology Academy project consists of an advanced virtual campus with course modules that can be followed entirely on-line.

FTA learning materials are Free Educational Resources published under free/libre licenses. These licenses allow you to use them, modify them, remix them with other Open Educational Resources and redistribute them.

The Free Technology Academy is a global community and network of academic and social organisations active in education of Free Software, Standards and Hardware. Based on a set of common founding principles, the FTA is shaped bottom-up by its active participants.

Project Lifetime
March 2009 – March 2011

Objectives
FTA’s main goal is twofold. First, to set up a virtual campus offering course modules on Free Software and Open Standards with teaching staff from the participating institutions; and second, to become a showcase of a virtual campus based of FS, OS and Open Educational Resources.

Activities
Within the project, seed was involved in the following activities:
:: translation in Italian two modules: “Introduction to Free Software” and “Aspectos económicos y modelos de negocio del software libre”;
:: development of three cases studies, which were then printed and used in dissemination;
:: sent out information to University of Lugano, ETHZ, Politechnic of Milano/Como, University of Applied Science of Southern Switzerland, Swiss Community of e-learning providers;
:: participated to the WordCamp Conference in Milan from 21 to 22 May 2010;
:: participated to the OpenEd Conference in Barcelona from 2 to 4 November 2010.

Results
FTA web platform at ftacademy.eu

Partners
:: Free Knowledge Institute
:: Universitat Oberta de Catalunya
:: Open University
:: University of Agder
:: Gleducar
:: Foundation for P2P Alternatives
:: Free Software Foundation
:: Rey Juan Carlos University
:: ict@innovation
:: Varna Free University
:: Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
:: Association of Greek Users and Friends of Free Software/ Open Source Software

Funders
European Commission

Links
www.ftacademy.eu