InWEnt-IOSN Linux Trainingof Trainers for LPI2 Certification
InWEnt-IOSN Linux Training of Trainers for Linux Professionals
Institute (LPI) Level 2, Manila, Philippines (code: PH-LTOT-LEVEL2)
August 28 - September 20, 2007 (application and selection process)
October 1-31, 2007 (e-learning component)
November 5-10, 2007 (face-to-face component)
For participants from: Cambodia, Indonesia, the Philippines and Vietnam
Free and/or Open Source Software (FOSS) offers many opportunities for
human development from many perspectives -- political, economic, and
even social. But the lack of local capacity to implement FOSS
solutions is the greatest barrier to FOSS adoption and its increased
use by the general public. It was recommended at the 2004 Free and
Open Source Software Asia-Pacific Consultation (FOSSAP) in Kuala
Lumpur that the UNDP-International Open Source Network or IOSN (see
below) assist in conducting training/capacity building projects in
IOSN has conducted Linux Training of Trainers (LTOTs) in four (4)
countries in 2006 (Vietnam, Fiji, Thailand, Philippines). These LTOTs
prepared the participants to take the LPI Level 1 certification
examinations. With more than a hundred participants, the TOT has
produced a number of LPI Level 1 certified participants, and some have
subsequently shown exceptional ability to train within their own
communities as well. Subsequent more refined TOTs were organised by
IOSN ASEAN+3 in Bangkok, Manila, and again in Hanoi with technical and
financial support from the International Development Research Centre
(IDRC) of Canada and InWEnt Capacity Building International, Germany.
This action proposes an advanced training program for LPI Level 1
certified trainers and prepares them for the LPI Level 2 certification
exam. The action is targeted towards successful trainers from
Cambodia, Indonesia, the Philippines and Vietnam, which will be
enabled to obtain further certification in Linux systems
administration and to develop material that prepares other LPI-level 1
certified persons to take LPI-level 2 exams.
The Linux Professionals Institute (LPI) community certification
program is a non-distribution specific program that certifies the
competency level of Linux practitioners. It has three levels. With
lessons learned from all of the past LTOT sessions where participants
were prepared for the level 1 LPI community certification, there is
now a need and strong interest to enhance the trainers pool by
upgrading them to LPI level 2 certification.
* A corps of Linux experts is prepared for the LPI Level 2 exam by a
one month's e-learning course as well as by a one week's training
* Training material for LPI Level 2, which can be used by others
online, is developed by the participants, guided by an LPIC-2 training
* The Participants are able to develop a strategy for implementing
advanced Linux training programs that prepare other Linux systems
administrators for the LPI Level 2 exams.
Methodology: Blended learning
Past LTOT (for LPI Level 1 certification) showed that a certain level
of experience with Linux resulted in successful certification. In
addition, these participants with experience were able to fill in the
collective gaps by sharing their knowledge with one another.
Therefore, a participatory, peer-oriented learning process will be
employed where LPI level 1 certified participants (assumed to have
extended knowledge in Linux administration) will be involved in the
development of LPI 2 e-learning materials. In effect, the training
will be a virtual writeshop where experts are brought together and are
encouraged to assist each other by allowing the collective effort fill
in the individual knowledge gaps.
The LPI level 2 certification candidates, with the assistance of an
LPI 2 certified preceptor, will collaboratively build their knowledge
base of complex Linux system administration problems and of various
approaches to the solutions. Their output will comprise the content of
this new e-learning material (wiki/learning management system). The
process itself will be documented as an innovative method of learning
for FOSS experts. Since the participants will be observing the process
themselves, they can replicate the same learning methodology back in
Participants who will attend are to be determined on the following criteria:
* Must be LPI Level 1 certified
* Must have some experience administering a Linux PC
* Good command of English, including technical terms used in ICT
* Come from Cambodia, Indonesia, the Philippines or Vietnam
* Positioned in their organisations to facilitate the adoption of
FOSS based applications
* Should have training experience and the ability to train others
after the course
* IOSN-InWEnt may bear the costs of the daily allowance and travel
costs of selected non-local participants, if they are not able to pay
* The training can absorb a maximum of 20 participants per training
session to ensure the quality of the course delivery to trainees
* Training material shall be adopted from existing material that was
used in previous training sessions
Nominated participants should also comprise a mix of private sector,
public sector, and civil society. They have to present their LPI ID as
proof of their level 1 certification.
They will be required to show evidence that after their level 1
certification that they have trained others on FOSS/Linux or have
assisted in the preparation of others for LPI level 2 (websites,
pictures, testimonies, course evaluation, references from trainees,
Organisations shall be encouraged to nominate and give preference
(where appropriate) to female participants.
Training design and materials
The training design will be participatory and the materials will come
from the participants themselves. The LPI Level 2 instructor and the
e-learning experts will agree on a generic structure for the content
prior to the event but will allow the participants to modify as they
A pre-face-to-face wiki and mailing list will be created for this purpose.
As the participants are already LPI 1 certified, they would have the
means to install, configure, and maintain this wiki amongst themselves
in a server provided by IOSN.
How to apply?
Interested individuals are invited to apply for participation by
sending your responses below to: asean3[AT]iosn[DOT]net .
Application deadline: September 1, 2007
To apply, please provide us with the following information:
1) Personal Details
Country where you live and work now:
Affiliation/organization, please include designation/position:
Mobile phone number (or any contact number) and emergency contact number:
2) Have you trained others on the use of information and
- If yes, what was the topic of the course and when was the last time
you gave this course?
- How many people have you trained over the past year?
- Have you given courses on Linux administration?
- For all past training activity, please provide lists of
participants, course evaluation + links to course websites, course
materials, testimonies, references from trainees if applicaple
3) Are you affiliated to an ICT training-institution? If yes, which
and what is your role?
4) Do you intend to implement LPI training courses after the
training? If yes, please describe your plans and approximate number of
5) Please provide your LPI-ID:
6) Please briefly describe your experiences in administering a Linux PC