[BSDCert] Open Source degrees
dlavigne6 at sympatico.ca
Tue Feb 21 12:48:58 EST 2006
On Thu, 18 May 2006, chris wrote:
> I have been reading about the new Linux Masters degree in Australia.
>From the University website, it appears their IT courses are approved by
the ACS which has reciprocal agreements with several countries:
(click on "The ACS - The Society" link to see the countries and their
If anyone on this list has time to research these links further and help
collaborate on a contact plan, please email me.
> Interestingly Novell are working in partnership with the university and
> students will also get CLE certified. I wonder if similar collaborations and
> partnerships with universities should be a target market area for the growth
> of BSD certification?
Yes. Those with time and interest to assist in creating a framework for
partnerships, please email me.
> In the UK the open university
> <http://www.open.ac.uk/about/ou/>is the largest distance learning institution
> and offers open source
> <http://www3.open.ac.uk/courses/bin/p12.dll?C01TT381_8_0> courses already?
> Collaboration <http://www.open.ac.uk/about/ou/p4.shtml>with universities
> could help market BSD certification and deliver teaching and learning
> resources. While BSD certification may not have the financial resources to
> put into a Microsoft/Cisco Academy structure, institutions such as the open
> university clearly do have resources and this begs the question are
> collaborations such as in Australia, evidence of where BSD certification
> should be going?
It certainly deserves further investigation to see what their requirements
are. It also ties into the study guide thread. In addition to an
"official study guide", do we create an official distance learning program
which we maintain on our own servers or license to other institutions? Or
do we say "here are our exam objectives, have to?"
In my experience developing curricula for both bound hard copies and online
distance learning, educational institutions (both colleges and universities)
prefer to create their own non-redistributable and proprietary courseware.
(Anyone remember the big fuss when MIT launched opensourcecourseware?)
IT certification vendors tend to get around this by mandating an "official"
curriculum and cracking down on training centers who don't use the
"official" curriculum. Checkpoint and Red Hat fall into this category.
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