From Oct 28th to Nov 3rd, a 5 day faculty development program was organized by NRC-FOSS for the arts college lectures at Bishop Heber College, Trichy, Tamilnadu, India. I handled the 1st two days and covered the Intro to FOSS, Installations, Shell Commands, C Programming. Nearly 30 staffs (most of them are female staff) from many arts colleges, are attended this program.
Initially, most of them seems to be not interested in FOSS subject. So I started the class in casual way (like how we talk to friends) and continued that same style for next 2 days. Slowly few members got some interest and it spreads to others also. We organized the sessions in sandwich style (morning theory and afternoon lab). So everyday afternoon, staffs should goto the lab and try out, whatever they learned in the morning session. They are very happy about the practical touch and got some level confidence to handle FOSS based syllabus.
I hope, one or two arts colleges in trichy will start offering FOSS based course in coming academic years.