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Course types

All courses provided by the Free Technology Academy are conducted entirely online at the FTA Virtual Campus. The FTA learning methodology allows learners to define their own study schedule: asynchronous communication tools, few deadlines and activities that can be joined at different dates and times. This model allows for anyone to join FTA courses, regardless of their location and job, as long as they have regular access to the Internet. Several course types are available, as described below.

FTA Master Level Courses (MLC)

FTA courses offered at master level are structured in a 13 week programme following the course book that can be downloaded freely in PDF from the FTA website. The study programme is guided by an academic tutor who provides feedback both in the online campus and on the Continuous Assessment Activities. At the end students who pass the course are entitled to an FTA Course certificate. In some cases these certificates are recognised through previously existing agreements with certain universities, in other cases, the relevant authorities of a particular university (e.g. exam committee) will need to validate possible waivers for their master programme. In general FTA MLC courses are worth 5 ECTS.

Enhanced Peer Learning (EPL)

EPL is conceived as a flexible and scalable activity-based course model, where learners follow a sequence of blocks consisting on several learning materials. Peer support and group discussions play a central role in the classroom, facilitated by one or more Learning Assistants. See:

All course participants will also be automatically enrolled into a jointly-shared forum where discussions of personal and professional interests, comments on the course materials and instruction, and plans for shared activities are welcome. More information about how the FTA can help you incubate your free/open projects is available