FOSS in Courses 2 (Instructors)

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FOSS in Courses 2


Learner will identify 1-3 HFOSS topics and/or learning ideas for a course.


Completion of FOSS in Courses 1 (Instructors)

Learning Objectives After successfully completing this activity, the learner should be able to:
  1. Identify 1-3 HFOSS topics and/or learning ideas for a course.
Process Skills Practiced


This activity is an extension of FOSS in Courses 1 (Instructors). The goal of this activity is to have a 1-3 topics and/or learning ideas to bring for discussion to the workshop and receive feedback on. We do not expect that these activities/ideas will be completely fleshed out, but to provide an initial starting point to think about.


  1. Recalling your list of activities/topics from FOSS in Courses 1 (Instructors), identify the ways that these FOSS activities/topics can be structured. Possibilities include:
    • Lectures
    • In-class activity
    • Homework
    • Stream of related activities
    • Project
  2. List the revised activities on your wiki page. For each activity/topic:
    1. Identify some possible learning outcomes that should be fulfilled with the activities/task.
    2. Describe any prerequisite knowledge needed to complete the activity. This does not need to be a complete list.
    3. Estimate the time required for instructor prep, for student completion and elapsed calendar time. Are you going to have to synchronize your activity with the community or can the activity/topic be covered independent of the HFOSS community schedule.
    4. Think about possible input required from the HFOSS community. How much input is required and what kind?
    5. If the result of the activity is contributed back to the HFOSS project, describe the contribution and its usefulness.
    6. Describe the assessment/grading approach - What will the basis for grading be? Will this be a team activity or individual? Is there a role for the HFOSS community in helping assess student work? For instance, must the work be committed or otherwise accepted by the community?
    7. List any questions or concerns that you have about the activity/task.
    8. List any stumbling blocks or barriers to carrying out the activity/task.


POSSE: An entry on your foss2serve user wiki page that includes a list of 1-3 HFOSS topics and/or learning ideas for a course.

Notes for Instructors

The remaining sections of this document are intended for the instructor. They are not part of the learning activity that would be given to students.


  • How will the activity be graded?
  • How will learning will be measured?
  • Include sample assessment questions/rubrics.
Criteria Level 1 (fail) Level 2 (pass) Level 3 (good) Level 4 (exceptional)
Criteria 1
Criteria 2


  • What should the instructor know before using this activity?
  • What are some likely difficulties that an instructor may encounter using this activity?
ACM Body of Knowledge
Area & Unit(s)
ACM Topic(s)
Level of Difficulty
Estimated Completion Time

60-90 minutes

Environment / Materials

Access to Internet/Web and web browser.




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Suggestions for Open Source Community

Suggestions for an open source community member who is working in conjunction with the instructor.

Personal tools
Learning Resources
HFOSS Projects