Teaching Open Source (Activity)

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Teaching Open Source


Learners will become members of the Teaching Open Source mailing list and gain some familiarity with the TOS wiki



Learning Objectives After successfully completing this activity, the learner should be able to:
  1. Describe the TOS list and site.
Process Skills Practiced


http://TeachingOpenSource.org (TOS) was set up in March 2009 and is the primary website for academics interested in open source and involving their students in open source projects. The goal of the site is to foster collaboration and members are both academics and industry leaders.


Part 1 - Join the Teaching Open Source (TOS) Community

Teaching Open Source (TOS)- http://teachingopensource.org - is a "neutral collaboration point for professors, institutions, communities, and companies to come together and make the teaching of Open Source a global success." You will join this site.

Do the following:

  1. Go to: http://teachingopensource.org
  2. Click on the 'Register for Site menu link on the main navigation menu (top, right).
  3. Register for the site by providing your information in the form and click Submit.
  4. You will receive an email once your registration has been approved.

Part 2 - Join the Teaching Open Source Mailing List

Much of the activity in the TOS community happens on the mailing list.

Do the following:

  1. Go to: http://teachingopensource.org
  2. Click on the Join Us menu (http://teachingopensource.org/community/).
  3. Read the page and follow the instructions in item 1 Join our mailing list.
  4. Complete the information in the form and click the Register button.

Part 3 - Explore the TOS Site

Explore the TOS community by:

  1. Go to the TOS homepage: [1]
  2. Click on the Community Guidelines (http://teachingopensource.org/community/community-guidelines/) under the Join Us menu and read the contents.
  3. Click on the Community Directory (http://teachingopensource.org/community/community-directory/) under the Join Us menu.
  4. Browse the list of TOS participants
  5. Locate a few people with HFOSS interests similar to your own


POSSE: None (but, you should now be subscribed to the TOS mailing list).

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.


  • 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)

SP Social Context, SP Professional Communication

ACM Topic(s)
  • Impact of social media on individualism, collectivism and culture.
  • Dynamics of oral, written, and electronic team and group communication.
  • Utilizing collaboration tools.
Level of Difficulty


Estimated Completion Time

20-30 minutes

Environment / Materials

Access to Internet/Web and web browser and email client.


Lori Postner (Imputed)


Teaching Open Source web site


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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