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December 13th, 2016

Dedicated FOSS Computer Lab at IIT Bombay

Shyama Iyer says that students can learn about open source software on their own, “but who has the time to learn by trial and error? If there is a tutor — which is what Spoken Tutorial is, a tutor for software — then they can learn in a finite period of time.”

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The Video Screening Room

While colleges and universities in the United States try to figure out whether their campus needs a FOSS computer lab, no such hesitation occurs in smart higher education institutions overseas. In this short video, hear from Professor Shyama Iyer about the FOSS tools taught at Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IIT Bombay).

I tracked down this other video where Iyer explains, “As a developing nation, what is sustainable for us is to work and to use open source software. That’s the smart thing to do.”

I loved hearing about how the open source tutorials are created by students themselves — “people within the community.”

For the past 10 years, Phil has been working at a public library in the Washington D.C.-area, helping youth and adults use the 28 public Linux stations the library offers seven days a week. He also writes for MAKE magazine, Opensource.com and TechSoup Libraries. Suggest videos by contacting Phil on Twitter or at pshapiro@his.com.

3 comments to Dedicated FOSS Computer Lab at IIT Bombay

  • Seems to be talking about Chandigar University, not IIT.

  • MeIsWho

    Well, I don’t agree with that point of view of not learning with trial and error,
    that is a very important part of education as well.
    However, that is bit slow, but it will pay off later…
    It is hard to say about …

  • MeIsWho

    The issue on that is that you are not able to learn all of it on classes

    it is important to learn how to learn too…

    it is indeed a way better to absorb knowledge from good lecture,

    but some of best things I have learned from my friends and with …