VA methodology to share skills across EdgeRyders projects
Great Ben. Yes, lets build on this synergy. Yesterday - or was it the day before - time here in Matera lacks an NTP server - we discussed the Open Source Day that we are planning with @marc and @kei. The aim is to run this when @kei has sorted out her VISA issues. This looks best set after 12 June. So it looks like we are beginning to structure a series of events leading up to September, punctuated by regular training courses building on the work that @kei has done with the open tech school.
Let’s open up the discussion here on EdgeRyders about how this should work, and go with flow of what people here feel is the best strategy.
From Viral Academy point of view it is simple - it is a publicly funded project and we want to get the best value for money in terms of teaching people who really need these skills, and / or to further develop a new methodology which can deliver this training to the people who need it.
We have budgeted for a small monthly stipend for core teachers of £500 a “course”. This equates to about the same as a monthly stipend for unMonastery given a VA Course is about 6 weeks online teaching. So we can use this teaching budget to sponsor the stipends of unMonastarians for the planned extension of the project - as long as the sponsored projects provide the same value for money in terms of teaching technology.
From the applicants and unMonastery point of view this is also a good thing. It’s not like anyone is going to be asked to teach according to someone else’s agenda. It is a very very open proposal. First Viral Academy “courses” are project based - so anyone doing a project that involves technology is fine. Second the applicant does not need to be a technology expert, as long as you want to pass on knowledge to local people that’s great. Third the whole idea is to provide active online support to the “teachers” and projects - so both the unMonastery and the individual applicant should benefit from this technical support for their project.
In the next week we’ll be posting a bunch of stuff abut the project, and hope to get as much feedback and guidance as we can from people here. So let’s start the conversation.