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Re: Recommendations of LMS

From: quiliro
Subject: Re: Recommendations of LMS
Date: Sun, 09 Aug 2020 20:04:53 -0500

Jonathan Sandoval <> writes:

> Techela-emacs was a nice discovery and I'll surely give it a try. But, I
> think it wouldn't be a good fit for our use case.
> I think my message lacked some context. We're not a formal educational
> institution. We're a community initiative. In an old house there was an
> outdated healt post. Because of new regulations, it was too expensive
> for the community to keep on mantaining that place, and there were other
> options for them. It wasn't like that in the 90s when it was created.
> So, the community decided to transform the place in a cultural house. A
> couple of years ago we started to teach contemporary dance because a
> volunteer teacher appeared. Then, other teacher approached to teach
> colombian salsa, and then other teacher offered himself to teach guitar
> and so on.
> We now have spaces for dance, teather, guitar, a library, and some
> computers were donated recently. I proposed them to use free software,
> and talked to them about it and they agreed. I choose Trisquel and was
> in the process. I started my own project too; a science club with kids.
> Because of COVID-19, our activites halted. As I mentioned, the people of
> the cultural house are a mix of academics from univerties, but common
> people without formal education and not much knowledge on computing. We
> have a teacher of agroecology who is knowleadgeable about that topic,
> but not much in computers.
> I taught them to use Jitsi Meet and BigBlueButton. It was not
> easy. Jitsi was a little simpler, but not everyone could use BBB. I
> suspect the reason is an old cellphone, but the preventive isolation
> does not allow me to really diagnose the problem. It's an example. Other
> guys have really slow computers and most of them have Windows. We're
> just beginning with free software and I haven't had the opportunity to
> make an installation festival. And other problems have arisen.
> So, expecting them to learn emacs, in Windows and Git does not sound
> like a very good idea. For them, accesing a site with their browsers is
> more natural, because all of them at least have an e-mail account. I
> doubt 30 minutes are enough for learning emacs (I recently tried to show
> the basics to a friend who's a programmer and is used to VSCode and he
> seemed really confused and kind of gave up).
> The other reasons is that our focus are not assignments. We want to
> create educational resources for our classes.
> Thanks again for your suggestions and ideas.

Thank you for such a beatiful story. Nevertheless, I guess that you do
not believe me that Emacs can be made very easy to learn by adding
buttons to it. Maybe I will learn to add them and show you a snapshot. I
am not sure if I will have time, though. I am sorry if I might not make

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