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Re: Request for Input on Creating Linux Courses...

On Fri, 2009-12-11 at 19:25 +1000, Michael D. Setzer II wrote:
> Finally got the go ahead to create two Linux courses to our College
> program. Have included Linux in my lab since Redhat 9 thru the current
> Fedora 12, but have just been able to show students little bits of it
> from time to time, since the program is geared to mostly windows and
> some courses using AS/400 mini system. 
> The Ideal is to over a beginning Linux course, and an second level
> course as a start. In the networking class, I have one 4 hour section
> where the students go thru the installation of various Linux OS's,
> and they can use the Fedora, but many students still stay with
> windows.

It seems obtuse, to me, to have installing an OS as part of a networking
course.  Considering that people do courses to learn something in
particular, I wouldn't mix and match.  A beginners guide to something
ought to be about using it in a general manner (what it is, what makes
Linux different from Windows, how to do basic tasks).  Installing would
be something else, likewise with networking.

There'd be plenty of people who could do one of those things, but not
the other, and that's what they want to learn.  I've tried to help
people who've gone on a computing course, only to see them struggling
with (a) stuff that's irrelevant to what they need, and (b) stuff that's
just plain wrong.  The second one's probably hardest to deal with,
because they have to pass a course, and I can't teach someone to learn
something that's broken in the lecturer's head.

If you can't find what's needed by beginners (e.g. how to use OpenOffice
instead of Office, how to search the internet, etc.) ahead of time, then
you could offer sub-courses, and see what people elect.

Personally, I'm highly reluctant to go for any more training.  Years of
being a student, and teaching students, has made me thoroughly sick of
having my time wasted (stuff you don't need to learn, bad teaching, and
no return for effort - e.g. going on 4 years full time, or 8 years of
night time study, to earn $20 a week more than someone who hasn't done
that course).

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