Intro to GitHub (Activity)

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Introduction to Github


Learner will get started with Git and Github by working on a remote repository shared by other workshop learners. How to fork, edit, and push with Git.

Prerequisite Knowledge A rudimentary understanding of command-line usage would be helpful, but not required.
Estimated Time to Completion 30-60 minutes
Learning Objectives Upon completion, you will be able to
  • Install Git.
  • Configure Git.
  • Fork a GitHub repository.
  • Make changes to a repository.
  • Commit changes to a GitHub repository.
  • Issue pull requests to an upstream repository.
  • Access to Internet/Web and web browser
Additional Information
Rights Licensed CC BY-SA (?)
Turn In Your information added to a shared repository.


For the impatient, you may skip down to the [Directions] section and get started. If you would prefer an overview of Git first, there are some great introductory videos on Git's site: . Namely:

  • Git Basics: What is Version Control?
    • If you are new to version control, or just want to gain a deeper understanding of it, this is 6 minutes of your life well spent.
    • Watch the video
  • Git Basics: What is Git?
    • This 8 minute video gives you a quick overview of git, why it exists, who it serves, what it can do, and explains some of its advantages.
    • Watch the video
  • Git Basics: Get Going with Git
    • This 4.5 minute video gives you an overview of installing and configuring git, as well as how to set up your first git repository. You could try to follow along and attempt each step, but I recommend just observing for now and appreciating the simplicity of setup. Later you'll complete a tutorial that will have you perform these same steps.
    • Watch the video
  • Git Basics: Quick Wins with Git
    • Still not convinced? Need more reasons to use Git? Whether you are gearing up for a water cooler debate about version control systems, or you just want to get a better understanding of the Git philosophy and the features that implement those philosophies, this 5 minute delivers.
    • Watch the video


  1. Complete
  2. Log into GitHub.
  3. Fork this repository.
  4. In your forked copy, add your information to
  5. Issue a pull request back to this repository.

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