donderdag 11 februari 2010

FTA - Free Technology Academy

The Free Technology Academy (FTA) is a joint initiative from several educational institutes in various countries. It aims to contribute to a society that permits all users to study, participate and build upon existing knowledge without restrictions.

The FTA offers an online master level programme with course modules about Free Technologies. Learners can choose to enrol in an individual course or register for the whole programme. Tuition takes place online in the FTA virtual campus and is performed by teaching staff from the partner universities. Credits obtained in the FTA programme are recognised by these universities. The full master programme can be concluded at one of the universities.

Quick facts about the FTA

  • for IT professionals, students, teachers and decision makers
  • on Free Software & Open Standards
  • only freely licensed materials
  • a full master programme can be completed at one of the universities

Although the production and use of Open Educational Resources (OER) is expanding rapidly, few experiences of real world usage exist. The educational programme of the Free Technology Academy is an inspiring showcase of the collaborative production and exploitation of such freely licensed course materials. Similarly, the software used in the FTA virtual campus is Free Software and is built upon an Open Standards framework.

The Free Technology Academy (FTA), financially supported by the Life Long Learning programme (LLP) of the European Commission, is a collaboration between the FKI and three European universities:

The FTA Consortium partners aim to accelerate the adoption of Free Software and Free Knowledge by working on strategic projects like the FTA, the international SELF Project, and other initiatives. They collaborate with parties to set up a solid ecosystem for the production of free educational materials. With these projects, the FTA Consortium partners are among the innovators of the knowledge society.

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