Stage 2 Activities/Stage 3 Planning Ushahidi-20160616

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Group Participants

Alan, John, Ying, Leo, Jonathan, Janet

  • Alan used Ushahidi in a mobile dev capstone last year.
  • John is teaching a mobile dev course this fall: SE, Android, HCI, HFOSS
  • Ying is teaching SE, a course with an existing syllabus, this fall.
  • Jonathan might have an independent study student do this in the fall.
  • Janet might too, depending on what she decides to do with her spring SE course.
  • Leo might use in extra-curricular activities.

Planning an Initial HFOSS Learning Activity

Please discuss and record your group's approach for an initial learning activity. When you have a good draft description of the learning activity using the sections below, you could create a learning activity page for it by copying the Learning Activity Format with Directions.

Course targeted for the activity

Any course using Ushahidi in depth

Brief description of the activity

Deploy & customize Ushahidi

Time you expect the HFOSS activity to take

e.g. # classes, # homework assignments, # lab activities, etc. Whether the activity will be completed in class or out of class

  • Two weeks
  • Start in class, finish out of class, at least one more class period to address questions/issues before due date
  • Do this twice; Once to deploy and once to customize

Relationship of this activity to course goals/objectives

  • Read, understand, follow documentation [comm, tech]
  • Practice a workflow [tech]
  • Understand the purpose and use of the project [cult]
  • Understand relationship between platform and domain [des]
  • Learn XML, JSON [tech]
  • Prior to a deeper engagement with Ushahidi

What students will submit upon completion of the activity

  • A URL for a deployment
  • Answers to POGIL questions (Google docs shows history)
  • For a team activity: Individual reflection, summarize own and others' contributions

Approach for assessing the student work

  • URL indicates successful install
  • Rubric to assess thoughtfulness of POGIL results
  • Evidence that all team members contributed and learned (Google docs history)

Questions or concerns you have about implementing your activity

  • How should students deploy Ushahidi?
  • How do we customize a Ushahidi installation? What technical skills are required?
  • How do we write good POGIL exercises?
  • Is this a team, pair, or individual activity?
  • How much time does this really need?
  • For customization, do we tell students the domain? The requirements?
  • Google Maps or OpenStreetMap?
  • How do you use Ushahidi?
  • Can we get a copy of Lori's similar (but not identical) assignment?
  • Can we get a copy of the guides that Alan's students created? His syllabus?

Support you will need to implement your activity

  • Should be able to do this informed by existing public documentation.
  • Might need support from Ushahidi team. Might want to talk to them ahead of time.
    • Robby might be able to help students from one class, but what if many classes are doing this activity at the same time?
  • Students need computers in class.
  • Students need a free heroku account.

Planning Stage 3 Activities


Will arrange an IRC chat this via doodle.

Specific Tasks

John: will teach a mobile course using Ushahidi in Fall 2016.

Alan: will teach a mobile course using Ushahidi in Spring 2017.

Jonathan: use in a special topics course in the spring.

Ying: will use in a software design methods course in the spring.

Leo: will use in a special topics course.


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Other Notes

Prior related POSSE groups, if any: Category:Ushahidi

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