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June 5th, 2009, 05:04 AM
I am an instructor at Tyler Junior College in the CIS department. I have taught a course on Linux for about the last 12 years using Redhat/Fedora or OpenSuse. One advantage of these distributions has been the availability of textbooks - understand that the advantage of a textbbok is that they have end of chapter questions, labs and testbanks. However, I have become less satisfied with their content and price ($150!). I am considering a roll-your-own course and might use Ubuntu as the distro.
My question is: is there any site or forum aimed at this endevour? I find forums here aimed at educating the newbie; I find information aimed at the high school level; but information aimed at college level seems to be limited. I would like to be able to contact other instructors that would be able to share and coordinate needed materials. I feel they are out there but the internet is a big place.

June 5th, 2009, 05:33 AM
Have you checked out any of these books?

From Amazon.com:
Beginning the Linux Command Line (http://www.amazon.com/Beginning-Linux-Command-Line-Sander/dp/1430218894/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1244176100&sr=8-5)
Practical Guide to Ubuntu Linux (Versions 8.10 and 8.04) (http://www.amazon.com/Practical-Guide-Ubuntu-Linux-Versions/dp/0137003889/ref=sr_1_6?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1244176100&sr=8-6)
Beginning Ubuntu Linux, Third Edition (http://www.amazon.com/Beginning-Ubuntu-Linux-Novice-Professional/dp/1590599918/ref=sr_1_9?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1244176100&sr=8-9)
Ubuntu 8.10 Linux Bible (http://www.amazon.com/Ubuntu-Linux-Bible-William-Hagen/dp/0470294205/ref=sr_1_15?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1244176100&sr=8-15)
Ubuntu Unleashed 2008 Edition (http://www.amazon.com/Ubuntu-Unleashed-2008-Covering-8-04/dp/067232993X/ref=sr_1_16?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1244176100&sr=8-16)

June 5th, 2009, 07:10 AM
There's Ubuntu Pocket Guide and Reference (http://www.ubuntupocketguide.com/download_main.html) by Kier Thomas. It is under the Creative Commons License, so it is no cost and legal to download. It may not be a main text book but certainly a good suppliment.

June 5th, 2009, 07:22 AM
I've used Sobell's books before and find them very well written. What I am looking for is collaboration on the course material like test banks and labs.

June 5th, 2009, 07:28 AM
you should contact canonical, ask for a grant to develop the basic course...sounds like you are the first.

June 5th, 2009, 11:01 AM
Not sure what you are going to instruct but many linux related things are distro independent. You could start from a book based on red hat and go from there to Ubuntu.