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Trainers' Space II - about support and contributions

This is how you can get support and how you can contribute to the community

ict@innovation provides you with a number of opportunities to support you in your trainings that you might find to be of use. 

Following the FOSS community spirit we furthermore invite you to contribute to the work of the FOSS Business Models Trainers community: We invite you to add more useful information, to tell about your training experience; to connect to each other – it’s your space, thus please shape it actively with us!!!


1) Get and give support for your training by fellow trainers:

For support on your training and to get in touch with other trainers, the main tool is the FBT (FOSS Business Trainers) mailing list, which includes over 80 African FOSS Business Models trainers, international FOSS experts, IT enterprises around the world as well as an international support community. You reach the mailing list by sending you queries to fbt[at]it-inwent.org. If you are not yet subscribed to the group, you can join here.

In addition to this you can browse for trainers by subject area as well as by geographic location at the 'Pool of African Trainers Wiki page'. off course, you are also invited to add your contact information to this page yourself!!! All you need to do first is to join the ict@innovation community here.


2) Use, remix and share learning resources on FOSS Business Models in Africa:

For your training, you can freely use and remix training material developed by the ict@innovation Content Creation Community by downloading modules and presentations from "Download page ", make use of the material available at the resource wiki, or to add a link to your localized course at the National Course Directory.

You are cordially invited to contribute to the Advanced African FOSS business models training material and the communities around it. If you are interested in contributing content and improving the quality of the training materials, then you might want to.:

    a) Improve the quality of the content & provide localized versions of the training materials:

The resource for your regional training is the Advanced African FOSS Business Models training material. However, you may decide to adapt this material to your local needs by considering the following:

  • Trainers can enter their basic information to the National Course Directory by following the template provided at this page. You might want to localize the training by adding local examples peculiar to your region, incorporate feedback from your trainees, append case studies to some sections or modules in the training material. We also kindly invite you to contextualize the training material by rewarding sentences, changing syntax, use appropriate terminologies (e.g. FLOSS or Libre software instead of FOSS). Translate some parts of the training material, include video clips (e.g. on FOSS advocacy, trainings and demos in schools, etc).
  • Having filled in the template from above, please just go ahead and add the information on your localized versions to the National Course Directory.
  • We welcome suggestions on new topics, items, modules you want added through the FOSS Business Trainers Mailing list at FBT[at]it-inwent.org.
  • We welcome corrections to the (FOSS) Business Models for IT-SMEs - Online Versions at the wiki at which you could support us to correct and improve typographical errors, sentence and paragraph structures, other grammar mistakes in the modules, and broken links in the text and references.

   b) Submit case studies and practical examples of FOSS business practices in Africa. You can report case studies  by using the template available at Module 2 Q&A or download the document template from here..      You can either add your case study directly at the wiki or you can send it to us by mail to contributor[at]it-inwent.org.

   c) Add more resources and literature related to "Advanced African Free and Open Source Software Business Models" on the wiki dedicated to "Selected Resources and Literature".

To contribute you don’t need to be an FOSS savvy or geek. Contributions are welcome from business people, teachers, students, lawyers, computer and information systems scientists, economists, social scientists, FOSS advocates, enthusiasts, etc. ; In particular you can Contribute improve quality: Suggest new topics, items, modules you want added. Report typographical errors, sentence and paragraph structures, other grammar mistakes in the modules, and broken links in the text and references.  


3) Learn with us! - make use of the ict@innovation e-learning platform for FOSS Business Models trainings:

You can join an active community of learners and instructors at the ict@innovation E-learning platform. Download guides to for your national training and how to use the e-learning platform: Creating and delivering online training courses using the ict@innovation e-learning platform (Dokeos). Download the guide from here.

A presentation showing understanding, basic features, users perspectives and installation procedures of the e-learning platform is available for download from here.  


4) Other ways to contribute:

- Open your own wiki and tell the community what you are thinking! If you are new to wikis, check out the tutorial, and see Help:Contents.

- Write HOWTOs or a short description of your experience in using the training material and post them to the mailing list. 

- Contribute publicity; if you are using the Advanced FOSS Business Models training material or knows someone using it, we would be glad to hear from you. Use the mailing list to send your comments.

- Send us reports, conference and journal papers, mirrors for archives and videos which are relevant to the FOSS Business Models so that we can add this to the syllabus Download page

- Bloggers: Join ict@innovation, login and use the blog facility at the top right-hand-side to blog the African FOSS Business Models training material.

- Do you want to know "How to contribute to Open Source Without Coding"? Read the many other ways you can contribute to FOSS in general from here.

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