In the world of education, a multitude of software and applications are available free of charge, from free, public or non-proprietary domains. In agreement with the Association pour le développement technologique en éducation ADTE (the Association for Technological Development in Education), the ITREP Network is working to promote freeware, or free software, to colleges, associations and organizations. This collaboration also results by accessing, through the ICTProfile.ca Webspace hosted at Profweb, to freeware or free software according to the ICT Profile for College Students skills. This great indexation work is done by the ADTE. The ADTE and the ITREP Network also plan to offer an argumentation that presents the benefits and drawbacks of appealing to freeware in teaching and learning.
Creating Open Educational Resources with Open Source Software
At the ITREP meeting, in April 2017, Ryan W. Moon (Profweb) and Rafael Scapin (Dawson) presented this activity to highlight some tried and true open source tools that you may know and some that you may not. These tools can be used to design and develop modules of learning which can be shared with the world as Open Educational Resources licenced under Creative Commons.
- Documentation: Presentation
Freeware or free software database for the College network
The Freeware or Free Software Database for the College Network gives access to freeware, or free software, for use in pedagogical contexts for the college network. One can find freeware, or free software, according to the discipline, program or college.
Added value associated with freeware for college education (in French)
More than a trend, the world of freeware is based on values similar to those found in the college network. That is what this slideshow, produced by Martin Bérubé (La Pocatière), presents.
Orientations and current policies in the College network on freeware, or free software
- This document presents results from a survey sent by the Freeware Team to all REPTIC/IT REPS on the work being done in colleges (May 2011 – in French):
- College policies on freeware and/or free software
- Perception of colleges towards the installation of this software
- Freeware and/or free software installed on work stations
- Access to free software web applications (WordPress, Joomla, Moodle, Mahara, etc.) in colleges
- Free software applications available in colleges
- Authorization for teachers to install software of their choice on their work station at the college
- Access to and perceptions of this software