[Tfug] New VoIP Class at Pima
gwcohn at simplybits.net
Mon Jun 16 20:12:04 MST 2008
Angus Scott-Fleming wrote:
> On 10 Jun 2008 at 19:12, George Cohn wrote:
>> [Blatant advertisement for a new Pima Community College Class]
>> After two long years we finally got the Intro to VOIP class on the fall
>> schedule at PCC. Here's the official description of the class:
>> CRN 15065 CIS 298T8
>> It's only a three credit class on Wednesday night at West Campus from
>> 5:40pm-08:30pm. While telephony isn't the most exciting application in
>> the world, it's one that is ubiquitous in that everyone has some sort of
>> phone service. ;-)
> When does it run?
It runs from 08/27-12/21 on Wednesday nights from 5:40PM to 8:30PM at
West Campus in room A228 as a 3 credit course.
This is one of the computer equipped classrooms in the Santa Rita
building. It will meet for 16 sessions.
While attendance is not required, it is a hands on class so attend as
many sessions as possible. There will be Linux installs, Asterisk
installs, a lot of configuration and some networking as well as some
configuration of real phones.
When you get through, you should have a solid feel of how IP telephony
works and be capable of building a server of your own for home, SOHO, or
small business use. We may also explore some neat applications like
parsing the local weather report and having the phone system "read" the
weather forecast for you as well as displaying it on the phone display.
We will get into an in depth look at building a dial plan, some security
issues, and a discussion of QOS issues related to VOIP. Depending on
the class desires, we may cover some GUI tools but most of it will be at
the Linux command line.
If we get enough people signed up, we will build several servers and
network them together to be able to place and receive calls from each
I think it will be a fun class and something that any Linux geek will
enjoy. I have been assigned as the instructor and I have more than 30
years of telephony experience including some four years of Asterisk
Unfortunately, it didn't get on the schedule in time to make the printed
class schedules and even now it doesn't show up if you list the CIS
classes. But do a search for CIS298 and it will show up as CRN 15065.
There are no prerequisites although some knowledge of Linux and
networking would be helpful.
I would really like to see a lot of folks sign up as I think it will be
fun and give you the opportunity to see what many businesses are
currently using for voice communications.
In case you are wondering, adjunct faculty gets paid diddly-squat so
this is more a labor of love than a job. ;-)
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