FOSS (Free and Open Source Software) :
The Spoken Tutorial Project is about teaching and learning a particular FOSS (Free and Open Source Software) like Linux, Scilab, LaTeX, PHP & MySQL, Java, C/C++, LibreOffice etc. via an easy Video tool - Spoken Tutorials. Some of the salient features of SELF (Spoken Tutorial based Education and Learning through Free FOSS study) are as follows.
- This distance education method is highly conducive to self-learning.
- Once one gets started any student or faculty can master the FOSS and also get certificates, Silver/Learner's and Gold/Completion (based on clearing an assessment test)
- UG, PG or Research scholar students and even teachers of Science, IT, Engineering, Commerce, Management, MCA disciplines can learn any of the FOSS.
- Typically, the first Training at any college is of 2 hours duration. Timing is per the group's convenience.
- To start of, any college which is organising the Training needs to get a computer lab ready with machines that support sound. There is no lower or upper limit on the number of participants. This just depends on the number of computers available. For additional participants, laptops if available can be used.
- Support from IIT Bombay is available over Skype, in such cases the main organiser's computer should have a webcam via which the Spoken Tutorial team can monitor the Training and answer questions.
- If the participants wish to take the test they must do so a month after the Training.
As a first step, the organiser typically a faculty member must register on the Spoken Tutorial site and become authorised to request and conduct training in his/her college. The organiser can also identify student volunteers to publicise and help with the Training. Students have a lot of energy and are very enthusiastic about such activities. Student volunteers get a special certificate, and a T-shirt! They also develop Event management and Project coordination skills. .
About Spoken tutorial
It is well known that seeing and hearing someone explain a process greatly improves understanding. On this site, you will find a variety of spoken tutorials that will help you to learn and use open source software.
Since this is a community based site, we welcome your contributions. Have a topic, script or video for a spoken tutorial? Upload them on our site. We are also promoting translations of these tutorials into different languages. Once your tutorials are reviewed by experts, they will be hosted on our site and will become part of the public domain, thus benefitting all who are interested in it.
We also conduct software training workshops using spoken tutorials and give certificates to those who pass an online test. For more details, please write to contact [at] spoken-tutorial [dot] org
About this project:
The Spoken Tutorial project is the initiative of the ‘Talk to a Teacher’ activity of the National Mission on Education through Information and Communication Technology (ICT), launched by the Ministry of Human Resources and Development, Government of India.
The use of spoken tutorials to popularize software development and its use will be coordinated through this website.
(The Spoken Tutorial project is being developed by IIT Bombay for MHRD, Government of India)
Pavan Kumar H
Computer Science & Engg LECTURER