[Grassroots-l] Fwd: [BDPA-Africa] African developers release open source virtual classroom
morgan.collett at gmail.com
Mon Sep 22 09:47:48 EDT 2008
On Sun, Sep 21, 2008 at 07:56, Edward Cherlin <echerlin at gmail.com> wrote:
> We should talk with these people. Anybody here have contacts?
Contact details for Derek Keats are on http://ics.uwc.ac.za/.
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> From: Chifu <chifu2222 at gmail.com>
> Date: Wed, Sep 17, 2008 at 1:54 AM
> Subject: [BDPA-Africa] African developers release open source virtual classroom
> To: bdpa-africa at yahoogroups.com, chifu at googlegroups.com,
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> African developers release open source virtual classroom
> September 16 2008
> The University of the Western Cape (UWC) and the African Virtual Open
> Initiatives and Resources (AVOIR) project have released version 1.0.1
> of the Chisimba/KEWL3 Realtime Virtual Classroom.
> Avoir is a a collaboration of 13 African universities specialising in
> creating free software relevant to African users.
> The virtual classroom application allows presentations to be uploaded
> in PowerPoint or OpenOffice format and made available online as well
> as embedded in websites or blogged.
> The Realtime Tools allow the presentation to be picked up and given
> live on the site, in a realtime virtual classroom setting.
> The developer on this project is David Wafula, a masters student at
> UWC and a staff member of Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and
> Technology and a member of the AVOIR unit there.
> "Most notable in this release," says Wafula, "is the improved easy-to-
> use interface,
> which runs in its own window as opposed to using embedded applet used
> in version 1.0.0."
> The latest release allows presenters to share desktop applications in
> real time with other participants. Importing presentations into the
> the application is a one-click operation. The virtual classroom
> software also allows users to import graphics as well as transfer
> multiple documents.
> Downloadable versions of the software will be available in Debian,
> RPM, Java and Windows executable formats. The Debian version is
> currently available.
> Users can test drive the software online on the demo site.
> AVOIR project leader, Derek Keats of UWC, says that this is the first
> application of its kind in the world that is free software. "It
> demonstrates the remarkable, world class talent that we have in
> Africa and what can be achieved when we collaborate to accomplish
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