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Carpete dies!

500 students have just started the Open University's first Linux course, and now have 70 days to master the basic skills of installation, configuration and software management. This is a real chance for a lot of people to get a solid qualification in Linux, and also to participate in a (relatively) small, helpful community that is all learning Linux at the same time. But what surprises me most is the fact that the course cost just £180, which pays for all the materials, plus tutor contact time and marking of your final assignment.

I've joined the course too, and will be writing about it in the magazine as time goes by. If you're on the course too, do say hello - I'd love to profile a few students in LXF to get a good understanding of what people hope to get out of the course. I'm really hoping that all the students will seize the few days they have on this course to try everything, break everything, and ask everything they can to give themselves a firm grounding in Linux, because it seems to me the ideal environment for doing so.

Enrolment is already open for the next course in October and is starting to fill up, so have a look on the OU site and see what you think!


Your comments

Well now...

This is great news!
I hope that with what you learn at the class Paul, we can have a few
articles as well in the magazine. Of course, it wouldn't feel like the
real deal if we didn't have some homework to do.

Real case scenarios where Linux is most likely to "break" and how to
fix it. From zero to hero... in a few pages. Lovely!

I have often though about

I have often though about doing a course like this, however what would I get out of it as someone who (well i think so) knows most of what is in the course?

Brilliant news. I am doing

Brilliant news. I am doing Mathematics through the OU and they are brilliant. Really enjoying it and I see it as something I will continue to do in the future. That they are offering a Linux course is fantastic, and you can't complain about the price. I may even do it myself sometime!

Hope goes well for them, as

Hope goes well for them, as I'm thinking of signing up for the next course.

Is it such a good deal?

Well IIRC from the information on the OU site a lot of the course work is CMA, or computer marked assignments, basically multiple choice.

Yes you get an OU certificate, but as the text says on the OU site

"Vocational relevance

On successful completion of this course you will be in a position to take the CompTIA Linux+ certification, an internationally recognised work-based qualification."

So you have to take and pay for that exam separately I think.

I you want to know the trials and troubles of students that have tried to study with the OU using open source software read this!

http://www.pcurtis.com/ouopen.htm

No thanks.

That's one expensive way to read man pages in the comfort of your own home.

It's encouraging but I

It's encouraging but I wouldn't take it as it's not a standalone qualification, just a mere course. I'll probably end up doing a Masters or a PgDip in Computing, hopefully picking an enlightened institution that recognises open source and Linux.

Carpete dies???

What is THIS supposed to mean: Carpete dies??

Some sort of obscure Linux command?

Puzzled Penguin, Houston Texas, USA

Carpete dies

At first I thought it would refer to some project that's no longer in development, probably named something like "Carpete Ain't Really Pretty Except To Eat," but I suspect it's actually a play on "Carpe Diem" - a plural version, maybe?

... always the "small" details ...

"Fees may vary by country." ... for leaving in my country I would have to pay £465 and do not understand why. The question is: why?

Why

>>I would have to pay £465 and do not understand why. The question is: why?

I assume you are not a UK resident. The Open University is part funded by the UK government. The OU receives financial support for UK students but not for those from overseas.

personal experience

I've done a short OU course on web design, (which I found very intensive over a short period of time) and also past my comptia A+ and Network+ through learndirect.

I have to say the only thing that has stopped me from signing up to this linux course is I like to see a bit of summer (which I didn't get with the web design course) and will be probably signing up for the next release of this course in October.

Some people do courses to better themselves and not necessarily for a qualification. Others collect qualifications like stamps, while some do course to bolster their knowledge and make themselves more employable.

I wish the best of luck to the 500 students who have taken the plunge for whatever reason.



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