Learning Activity Format with Directions

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A Learning Activity is the smallest unit of learning and could be a classroom activity, homework assignment, etc. Learning activities can be sequenced into Learning Modules, and can support steps on Pathways to FOSS contributions.

Using This Format

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

  1. Create a new page with a short, descriptive name that ends with "(Activity)". For example: Edit a Wiki Page (Activity)
  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:Learning Activity]]
    • Add at least one subcategory from the list in Learning Activities, e.g. [[Category:Coding and Style]]
    • 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 activity, such as usage or suggestions for enhancements.




Title of the activity (same as page name).


High level description of what the student will do.


What topics and tools does the student need to know prior to beginning this activity?

After successfully completing this activity, the learner should be able to:

What should the student be able to do after completing this activity?

Process Skills

What process skills will the student practice while completing this activity?


  • Is there background reading material?
  • What is the rationale for this activity?


  • 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?
  • How will learning will be measured? Ideally, there should be a way to measure each of the objectives described above.
  • How will feedback to the student be determined?

Include sample assessment questions/rubrics. Feel free to indicate that the activity itself is not graded, however it would be helpful to include any questions that might be used at a later date to interpret learning, for example on a quiz or exam.

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?
  • What are some likely difficulties that an instructor may encounter using this activity?

Suggestions for Open Source Community

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

Additional Information

Area & Unit(s)

What ACM BoK Area and Unit(s) are covered?


What specific topics are addressed? The Computing Curricula 2013 provides a list of topics in Appendix A - The Body of Knowledge (page 58) - https://www.acm.org/education/CS2013-final-report.pdf


Is this activity easy, medium, or hard?

Estimated Time
to Complete

How long should a typical student take to complete the activity?

Environment /

What does the student need? (e.g. Internet access, IRC client, Git Hub account, LINUX machine, etc.)


Who wrote this activity?


Is there another activity on which this activity is based? If so, please provide a link to the original resource.


Under which license is this material made available? We request that you pick a Creative Commons license. We suggest using a template like: {{License CC BY}} or {{License CC BY SA}}

For this blank format: This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License

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