Integrating free open source

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Integrating free open source

  1. 1. Integrating Free-Open SourceTools as Teaching Resources for an Electronic Engineering Undergraduate Program Tavo Meneses Colombia
  2. 2. INTRODUCTIONSince the last decade of the twentycentury the influence of computers, theInternet, and Information andCommunication Technologies (ICTs), hasprogressively increased on teaching-learning activities for engineeringprograms in our country.
  3. 3. INTRODUCTIONParallelly to the multiplicity of traditionalproprietary software and hardwareresources used in universities, analternative trend, based on free-opensource resources for software andhardware, has gained importance foracademic community members.
  4. 4. MOTIVATIONIn Colombia, traditionally the proprietaryresources for hardware and software,cover most of the applications used bystudents, teachers and Institutions, but inorder to comply the legal issues regardinglicensed software the availability ofresources become narrower and upgradesare scarce.
  5. 5. Commercial-Proprietary SW/HW Resources• High Costs• High Quality Support• Upgrades and Licenses demands money investment most of the Times• Highly Standarized• Key Information is Restricted
  6. 6. Free-Open SW/HW Resources• For Free or Lower Costs• Community• Shared Resources• Users Involved• Favors Research• Easy Upgrades•
  7. 7. Resources for Almost Every Topic…
  8. 8. Possible Scheme of Integration of ICTs andF/OSS-Hw Resources to Teaching Activities
  9. 9. Adoption of strategies for incorporatingF-OSS/HW resources to teaching activities
  10. 10. Incorporating F-OSS/HW resources toteaching in Electronic Engineering trough the development of a course project
  11. 11. RESULTS
  12. 12. RESULTS
  13. 13. CONCLUSIONS• New strategies to use alternative technological resources like FOSS-HW for educational purposes could represent a valuable tool for teachers because they can constitute an instrument to widen their professional skills
  14. 14. CONCLUSIONS• free-open source software/hardware is a promising research field for students and teachers.• Research activities on F-OSS/HW could contribute to cross boundaries imposed by people’s insufficient economic capability which is derived from low incomes in developing countries like ours.

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