Git: CS1 DragonActivity

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An "Activity" is the smallest unit of learning and could be an assignment, homework, in-class activity, or other learning activity.

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  • Create a new page with the word "Activity" in the name. Please try to use a short, descriptive name.
  • Fill in the sections below according to the instructions. Feel free to copy the source for this template into your new page.
  • Categorize the page as "Category:Learning Activity". Look at the source for an existing activity to see the syntax.
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Title CS1: GitHub Exercise
Overview An in-class exercise to introduce students to collaboration and revision control tools (GitHub) as they learn methods/functions.
Prerequisite Knowledge As designed, appropriate in CS1 (python) as one introduces methods/ functions.
Learning Objectives Students will be able to pull from a GitHub repository, make changes and push change back. Optionally students will learn to resolve conflicts. Students will understand the usefulness of methods in collaborative software development.


Is there background reading material?

Are there other activities the student should have done first?

What is the rationale for this activity?

Include helpful hints to faculty here.


What should the student do?


What will the student hand in?

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? This activity, a guided in class exercise, is not designed to be graded.

How will learning will be measured? The activity, as designed, either succeeds or fails for a student.

How will feedback to the student be determined? Students will be given verbal feedback as they perform the activity.

The form of the assessment is expected to vary by assignment. One possible format is the table:

Criteria Level 1 (fail) Level 2 (pass) Level 3 (good) Level 4 (exceptional)
Criterion 1...
Criterion 2...


What should the instructor know before using this activity? The instructor should be familiar with GitHub commands (GIT commands to learn add, commit, push, pull, clone,status).

What are some likely difficulties that an instructor may encounter using this activity? The workflow in GitHub can be inscrutable.

Additional Information:

ACM Knowledge Area/Knowledge Unit What ACM Computing Curricula 2013 knowledge area and units does this activity cover? ACM_Body_of_Knowledge
ACM Topic What specific topics are addressed? The Computing Curriucula 2013 provides a list of topics in Appendix A - The Body of Knowledge (page 58) -
Level of Difficulty Is this activity easy, medium or challenging?
Estimated Time to Completion How long should it take for the student to complete the activity?
Materials/Environment What does the student need? Internet access, IRC client, Git Hub account, LINUX machine, etc.?
Author(s) Who wrote this activity?
Source Is there another activity on which this activity is based? If so, please provide a link to the original resource.
License Under which license is this material made available? We request that you pick a Creative Commons license. See for general information. Suggested text: This learning activity is available for use under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License. Attribution need not include a link back to this site.

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

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