On behalf of ”’Geo for All”’ we are pleased to invite you to join our efforts in creating Openness in GeoEducation.
You are invited to [https://www.canvas.net/browse/delmarcollege/courses/cn-1681-intro-qgis register] and participate in free course on “Introduction to Geospatial Technology Using QGIS”. Over 1000 students have already registered for the next course starting Feb 23- Mar 29, 2015 being run by GeoAcademy.
For Educators, please note that the curriculum (lecture materials, tutorials etc) is also free for you to share and share alike under the Creative Commons BY 3.0 license. Please find all the materials at [https://github.com/FOSS4GAcademy GitHub repository].
For universities and educators it is an excellent opportunity to build your own Geospatial courses using Free and Open Source Geospatial Software. [http://www.osgeo.org OSGeo] software and technologies are the major contributor for the global geospatial economy and used by hundreds of thousands of users in academia, governments and business worldwide and rapidly increasing.
[https://foss4geo.wordpress.com GeoAcademy] and [http://live.osgeo.org OSGeo Live] are going to be the two key instruments that ”[http://www.geoforall.org Geo for All]” will be using to accelerate Openness in Geoeducation worldwide and the [http://internationalmapyear.org International Map Year 2015] (lead by the International Cartographic Association and supported by the United Nations) is the opportunity we will be using to implement this action.
GeoAcademy will not only expand geospatial education opportunities to thousands of students but more importantly by making all the lectures, tutorials [https://github.com/FOSS4GAcademy available in GitHub] under Creative Commons licence enables other educators globally to build up their own teaching resources to suit their requirements.
Creating openness in Geo Education is important for developing creative and open minds in students which is critical for building open innovation and contributes to building up Open Knowledge for the benefit of the whole society and for our future generations.
We look forward to your participation for Openness in Geoeducation worldwide and successful International Map Year activities.