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Re: Teaching Using Octave

From: Victor Munoz
Subject: Re: Teaching Using Octave
Date: Sat, 16 Apr 2005 07:58:04 +0900
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> So the question is, how do you get them to use GNU/Linux?  On a Linux
> lab on campus?  This doesn't necessarily exist.

This was our solution in fact. At a given moment, some years ago, it was
decided that out Department would switch to Debian, and we've stayed there
since. All our students were forced to learn Linux (which caused several
complaints by students when the switch occured), our secretary. Most
professors also made the switch.

Now the course and the book I talked about previously in this thread is our
"official" introduction to the various tools available for our students.
It's for second year students, as first year ones don't really have access
to our computers (too many of them, many of them will leave during the first
year, and mathematics and physics course are already enough load for them to
let them play all day :-)).

All this makes easy teach them using Octave, but I guess a such a drastic
solution is not feasible in general.



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