About

The Free Technology Academy (FTA) aims to contribute to a society that permits all users to study, participate and build upon existing knowledge without restrictions. The FTA offers an online master level programme with course modules about Free Technologies. Tuition takes place online in the FTA virtual campus and is performed by teaching staff from the partner universities. Credits obtained in the FTA programme are recognised by these universities on an individual basis as judged by the exam committee. The full master programme can be concluded at one of the universities.

Please take into account that since January 2012 FTA courses are organised on-demand. Make sure to check the Programme Page for currently available courses. We encourage you to join the FTA-discussion mailing list to participate in the process!

Quick facts about the FTA

  • for IT professionals, students, teachers and decision makers
  • on Free Software & Open Standards
  • only freely licensed materials
  • FTA certificates recognised by universities
  • a full master programme can be completed at one of the universities

Although the production and use of Open Educational Resources (OER) is expanding rapidly, few experiences of real world usage exist. The educational programme of the Free Technology Academy is an inspiring showcase of the collaborative production and exploitation of such freely licensed course materials. Similarly, the software used in the FTA virtual campus is Free Software and is built upon an Open Standards framework.

The Free Technology Academy is hosted by the Free Knowledge Institute (FKI). The founding partners are the FKI and two European universities: the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (Spain) and the Open Universiteit of the Netherlands. The Associate Partner Network adds to the founding base with a widespread network of organisations that share a common interest in offering courses in the area of Free Technology.

The FTA partners aim to accelerate the adoption of Free Software and Free Knowledge by working on strategic projects like the FTA, the international SELF Project, and other initiatives. They collaborate with parties to set up a solid ecosystem for the production of free educational materials. With these projects, the FTA partners are among the innovators of the knowledge society.