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Home > Resources for Trainers > MMTK > Open source software

Open Source Software

Six units are currently available for this module, developed by The Commons Group and Anna Feldman for the Association for Progressive Communications (APC):

Materials are provided in OpenOffice.org and PDF formats.

See the ItrainOnline section on Open Source for additional resources.

Introduction to open source

Unit overview: This unit introduces participants to the idea of open source software for use on servers, desktops and web sites.

Duration: 45-60 minutes

Target audience: Anyone interested in open source. Especially useful for participants taking workshops on specific open source topics.

Prerequisite skills: Basic computer and web skills; interest in open source software.

Download the complete "Introduction to Open Source" unit as a zip file

Download individual components:

Use the general open source glossary and list of additional resources with this unit.

Choosing open source software

Unit overview: This unit presents a three step method for reviewing and selecting open source software.

Duration: Short version +/-60 minutes (presentation and short group discussion); long version 3 hours or more (presentation and hands-on planning).

Target audience: Managers and others in community organizations and not-for-profits with responsibility for IT decision making.

Prerequisite skills: At least basic computer and web skills; familiarity with the basic principles of open source software (could be gained through the MMTK "Introduction to Open Source" unit).

Download the complete "Choosing Open Source Software" unit as a zip file

Download individual components:

Use the general open source glossary and list of additional resources with this unit.

Core open source materials

These materials are intended for use with all open source units.

Introduction to OpenOffice.org Writer

Unit overview: An introduction to using the OpenOffice.org Writer word processor.

Duration: 3-4 hours.

Target audience: People wanting to develop their word processing skills in an open source office environment.

Prerequisite skills: Basic keyboard and mouse skills; familiarity with either Windows or Linux working environment; understanding of the files and folders storage systems in a computer.

Download the complete "Introduction to OOo Writer" unit as a zip file

Download individual components:

Use the general OpenOffice.org Writer glossary and list of additional resources with this unit.

Moving over to OpenOffice.org Writer from MS Word

Unit overview: This unit aims to "kickstart" the move from MS Word to OpenOffice.org Writer, and lay the foundation for further exploration and experimentation.

Duration: 2 hours.

Target audience: People needing to move over from MS Word to OOo Writer.

Prerequisite skills: Good working knowledge of Windows and MS Word.

Download the complete "Moving Over to OOo Writer from MS Word" unit as a zip file

Download individual components:

Use the general OpenOffice.org Writer glossary and list of additional resources with this unit.

Using the OpenOffice.org Writer bibliography database tool

Unit overview: Step-by-step training in how to use the bibliography database tool, for people writing complex documents in OpenOffice.org Writer.

Duration: 90 minutes.

Target audience: CSO/NGO workers involved in compiling reports and other documents which would benefit from a bibliography.

Prerequisite skills: Participants should have experience of using word processing software and of using a bibliography. They should understand the purpose, function and application of a bibliography for long documents. Ideally they should already be familiar with the basics of OpenOffice.org Writer, but this is not essential.

Download the complete "OOo Writer Bibliography Database Tool" unit as a zip file

Download individual components:

Use the general OpenOffice.org Writer glossary and list of additional resources with this unit.

Core OpenOffice.org Writer materials

Introduction to OpenOffice.org Impress

Unit overview: An introduction to using OpenOffice.org Impress for presentations - aimed at getting trainees comfortable with OOo Impress basics, and giving them the confidence to go further on their own.

Duration: 3 hours

Target audience: People wanting to develop their slide-presentation development skills in an open source office environment.

Prerequisite skills: Basic keyboard and mouse skills, familiarity with either Windows or Linux working environment, understanding of the files and folders storage system in a computer.

Download the complete "Introduction to OOo Impress" unit as a zip file

Download individual components:

Copyright information

All MMTK materials are released under a Creative Commons license which allows their free use and distribution for non-commercial use. However, the exact provisions of the license vary from module to module - while most modules permit modification of the materials, a few do not. The copyright statement included with each module sets out the specific provisions which apply to that module.

 

 
 
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