Wednesday, 18 June 2008

free software

During our recent online conference we managed to enlist the expertise of Derrin Kent who is a teacher/trainer/evangetist/geek for Free and Open Source software. Derrin is based in the West Midlands and is a lead consultant for The Development Manager Ltd. . With a marked favouritism towards Open Source Software and Open Data Standards/Formats, Derrin supports organisations to improve their performance in their blended learning delivery ...and also other management processes: (employer engagement, project management, website management, internal/external communications, IT infrastructure, etc.) . Basically Derrin promotes the same active learning ethos as we do, coupled with the wider choice of free tools FE and HE requires. Derrin created a series of short videocasts for practitioners and managers.

The video below is the first of 4 entitled Software for Trainers

The video below is the first of 4 entitled Software for Managers

Both parts (trainers and managers ) can be viewed online here :

Theresa Welch our WBL advisor is busy collating all of the links and presentations Derrin gave us to pass on. She has begun to add them to our new wiki at URL:

Don't forget our own JISC Service OSS Watch has a wealth of experience and resources to help those implementing and using OS software.

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Don't forget that Skype is trialling ful screen video conferencing:

My weblinks also point towards other free webbased software : or

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