Linux learning circles: Results from Toronto Public Library

This is a 45-minute presentation and Q&A from @Larysa_Essex from the Toronto Public Library addressing Greater Toronto Area Linux Users Group. In her presentation, she details Toronto’s “Let’s Learn Tech” program, which paired high-level technology courses (Cisco Networking Academy) with learning circles. @Marni_Tam @Karen_Tannis

Wow! Hear the results at the 13-minute mark:

  • 70% of learners had never used an online course before
  • 80% retention rate
  • 80% said learning circles allowed to access technology that they would not have otherwise available (a big surprise to the facilitators)
  • 93% said learning circles improved their digital skills
  • 100% would recommend the program to others
  • The senior adult learning circle had the highest completion rate as compared their other learning circles
  • Learners from the Linux Unhatched course are planning to move onto Linux Essentials (a higher level course which prepares the learners from certification)
  • Demand is high for more advanced tech programs

As someone who’s career has been made possible by Linux and other open source software, this is great to hear!!


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