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When I was working at a university, our department(comp sci) we had an
influx of anywhere from 500-2000 new students per quarter.  Of that new
influx, we had about a third of them were coming online to Unix systems, and
the rest were using a homegrown environment.  We had tutorials at the start
of the quarter for the people coming on the unix environment, as the
majority of the students had never seen or used a unix system, and it was
much different than windows or dos.  They taught em how to use basic tools,
and function in X windows(our basic environment was tvtwm at the time, which
seems... quaint now.)  I guess what I am saying is it wouldn't be very hard
to come up with a tutorial that a person could use to get used to X
windows(which is really what you're trying to do.) and productive within it.

Mike
----- Original Message -----
From: "Peter Jay Salzman" <p@dirac.org>
To: "Linux User Group of Davis" <vox@lists.lugod.org>
Sent: Friday, October 11, 2002 10:41 AM
Subject: [vox] a worthy project


> hi all,
>
> there are lots of classes that make use of gnu/linux, but whose focus
> isn't to teach gnu/linux, for example, a class that teaches numerical
> techniques.
>
> after looking around, i've found that every professor and TA has his/her
> own tutorial.  some good, some crappy.  they all suffer from someone who
> hastily put something together the night before the quarter starts so
> his students don't flounder.
>
> you can always tell students to "read a book", but that's not about to
> happen.  too much information for people who really just need to know
> how to limp along in gnu/linux.
>
> what might be a good project to work on is a gnu/linux tutorial aimed
> for a class of windows users who are sitting in front of a gnu/linux
> terminal for the first time.  realistically, the tutorial should be no
> longer than 15 or 20 minutes worth of reading, otherwise you'll lose the
> typical undergrad.
>
> the tutorial might also contain bash conveniences like up-arrow
> history, cntrl-r history, exclamation point history and tab completion.
> i've found that many people become disgusted with typing everything in
> full.
>
> a lot of thought needs to be put into what's the minimum amount of info
> the student needs to know in order to be functional.
>
> anyway, just an idea.
>
> pete
>
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