A free Java course offered online using open source materials won this year?s Duke?s Choice Award, which is selected by a group of Oracle Java users and enthusiasts.
The Java Education & Development Initiative (JEDI) Project won the award. The community-driven Java instruction project of the University of the Philippines Java Research & Development Center (JRDC) aims to provide free and open source Computer Science and Information Technology (CS/IT) courseware for colleges and universities.
Upon enrollment, JEDI members immediately gain access to a whole suite of free resources to enhance teaching and learning experience.
The courseware includes teacher’s and student’s manuals, teaching slides, sample exams, exercises, machine problems, and reference materials. This courseware is provided in Open Document Format to make it easier for teachers to modify it as they see fit.
Software and other development tools are also provided as well as several sessions for faculty training, online community participation, and events for faculty and students.
JEDI Philippines through the Philippine Society of IT Educators has 439 member education institutions, 3,387 teachers, and 202,511 students.
JEDI Brazil through DFJUG has 105 volunteer translators and 43,637 individuals trained. JEDI Indonesia through JENI has 10,282 students. JEDI Vietnam has 40 member education institutions, 323 teachers and 34,273 students.
Last year, JEDI4KiDS was launched, a program to educate children to be more creative with computers and provide them the opportunity to learn computer programming and robotics in a fun and interactive manner.