Course Format with Directions

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A Course is an actual academic course that involves HFOSS, typically by using Pathways and Learning Activities.

Using This Format

The format shown below contains sections which describe the items that should be included when creating a Course. To use this format:

  1. Create a new page with the course name, institution, and author. For example: Software Engineering, Muhlenberg, Kussmaul
  2. Copy the source for this format into your new page.
  3. Follow instructions to fill in the sections below.
  4. Categorize the page using tags at the bottom of the page.
    • Include [[Category:Courses]]
    • Add relevant subcategory(s) from the list in, e.g. [[Category:CS1]]
    • Remove [[Category:Format]], since this page is a format, but your new page is not.
  5. Use the Discussion tab (upper left of the page) to leave feedback to the author(s) of the course, such as usage or suggestions for enhancements.



Course course name, link, etc.
Institution institution name, location, link, etc.
Instructor(s) name(s) and contact info, homepage links, etc. if willing to be contacted
Term semester, section, etc
Course Overview course overview - description, intro/intermediate/advanced, required,elective
Course Length length of the course, e.g., 15-week term
Student Characteristics typical class size, student background, etc
Infrastructure classroom, technology, support, textbooks, course paths, etc.

Learning Objectives

  • objectives & prerequisites should be active, student-centered, specific, and measurable
    • the student will be able to...
  • for the entire course, and/or for FOSS-specific parts of the course
  • might include content & process skills
  • might consider all levels of Bloom's taxonomy

Assessment Methods

  • what will students do in this course, and how will it be evaluated
    • Exams, assignments, projects, etc.
  • should be tied to learning objectives

Course Outline

  • major topics, events, milestones
  • learning activities that can be adopted or adapted
  • new learning activities that should or could be developed
  • include links to foss2serve Learning Activities where appropriate
  • reading assignments and supporting materials
  • or link to course website

Notes to Instructor

  • Tips, suggestions, lessons learned (warnings)...

Moving Forward

  • what next steps are desirable or possible for this course

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