OS Project Comparison Activity

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|'''Title''' || OS Project Comparison Activity
 
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|'''Overview''' || High level description of what the student will do
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|'''Overview''' || In this activity, students compare and contrast three different open source projects (Android, Ushahidi, Fedora). Students will gain a basic understanding of why these exist as open source projects, as well as the operating models and licensing used by each. Students will be provided with directed readings and will answer specific questions to develop the comparisons.
 
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|'''Prerequisite Knowledge''' || What topics and tools does the student need to know prior to beginning this activity?
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|'''Prerequisite Knowledge''' || None.
 
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|'''Learning Objectives''' || What should the student be able to do after completing completed this activity?
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|'''Learning Objectives''' ||
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* Learn the purpose of an open source project
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* Learn the different operational models and licenses under which projects are developed
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* Learn the reason a specific project is created
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* Learn how to contribute to an open source project
 
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=== Background: ===
 
=== Background: ===
Is there background reading material?
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While this activity is tailored to compare and contrast three specific projects, any open source project can be used if there is a point of comparison.
  
Are there other activities the student should have done first?
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=== Directions: ===
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Given the following material for three different open source projects:
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# Android Development Platform
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#* https://source.android.com/source/index.html
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#* http://source.android.com/source/faqs.html
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# Ushahidi
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#* http://www.ushahidi.com/mission/
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#* http://www.ushahidi.com/product/ushahidi/
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# RedHat
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#* http://timreview.ca/article/513
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#* http://arstechnica.com/business/2012/02/how-red-hat-killed-its-core-productand-became-a-billion-dollar-business/
  
What is the rational for this activity?
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For each project answer the following questions:
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# What is the project about?
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# Why is the project open source?
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# What kind of open project is it? Describe the operating model and the license(s) used.
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# In what ways can one contribute to the project? Are there any limitations?
  
Include helpful hints to faculty here.
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=== Deliverable: ===
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Submit a report with your answers. Your responses for each project should be a page to a page and half long.
  
=== Directions: ===
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=== Assessment: ===
What should the student do?
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! Criteria
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! Partial Credit
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! Complete Credit
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| '''Understand:'''
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| '''The purpose of the project'''
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| Answer is not clear, some grammatical or logical errors. Student does not comprehensively understand the purpose of a project
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| Answer is clear, uses correct language, indicates the purpose of each project, including what need the project fulfills
  
=== Deliverables: ===
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What will the student hand in?
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| '''Why the project is open source'''
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| Answer is not clear, some grammatical or logical errors or not enough supporting arguments
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| Answer is clear, uses correct language and provides supporting arguments
  
=== Assessment: ===
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How will the activity be graded?
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| '''The different operating models and licenses using for each project'''
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| Answer is not clear, some grammatical or logical errors or partially answers the question
How will learning will be measured?
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| Answer is clear, uses correct language and correctly answers the question
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| '''How to contribute to the project'''
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| Answer is not clear, some grammatical or logical errors or partially answer the question
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| Answer is clear, uses correct language and correctly answers the question
  
Include sample assessment questions/rubrics.
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=== Comments: ===
 
=== Comments: ===
What should the instructor know before using this activity?
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The instructor should have a basic understanding of open source models and licensing.  If you're partnering with an open source project, you might consider adding that project to the list of projects being examined.
 
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What are some likely difficulties that an instructor may encounter using this activity?
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=== Additional Information: ===
 
=== Additional Information: ===
 
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|'''Knowledge Area/Knowledge Unit''' || What ACM Computing Curricula 2013 https://www.acm.org/education/CS2013-final-report.pdf knowledge area and units does this activity cover?
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|'''Knowledge Area/Knowledge Unit''' || Social Issues and Professional Practice/Intellectual Property
 
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|'''Topic''' || What specific topics are addressed? The Computing Curriucula 2013 provides a list of topics - https://www.acm.org/education/CS2013-final-report.pdf
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|'''Topic''' || Foundations of the open source movement [Familiarity]
 
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|'''Level of Difficulty''' || Is this activity easy, medium or challenging?
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|'''Level of Difficulty''' || Introductory
 
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|'''Estimated Time to Completion''' ||  How long should it take for the student to complete the activity?
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|'''Estimated Time to Completion''' ||  3-4 hours
 
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|'''Materials/Environment''' || What does the student need?  Internet access, IRC client, Git Hub account, LINUX machine, etc.?
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|'''Materials/Environment''' || Internet access required
 
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|'''Author''' || Who wrote this activity?
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|'''Author''' || Darci Burdge, Ruby El Kharboutly, Gina Likins, Lori Postner
 
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|'''Source''' || Is there another activity on which this activity is based?  If so, please provide a link to the original resource.
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|'''Source''' || N/A
 
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|'''License''' || Under which license is this material made available? (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/)
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|'''License''' || CC-BY-SA
 
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=== Suggestions for the Open Source Project: ===
 
=== Suggestions for the Open Source Project: ===
Suggestions for an open source community member who is working in conjunction with the instructor.
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If you can provide this same set of information to your instructor partner and/or discuss it with the students (over IRC, for example), it would provide an opportunity for students to ask questions about project decisions that they otherwise might not have the opportunity to.
  
  
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Latest revision as of 17:30, 8 March 2017

Title OS Project Comparison Activity
Overview In this activity, students compare and contrast three different open source projects (Android, Ushahidi, Fedora). Students will gain a basic understanding of why these exist as open source projects, as well as the operating models and licensing used by each. Students will be provided with directed readings and will answer specific questions to develop the comparisons.
Prerequisite Knowledge None.
Learning Objectives
  • Learn the purpose of an open source project
  • Learn the different operational models and licenses under which projects are developed
  • Learn the reason a specific project is created
  • Learn how to contribute to an open source project

Background:

While this activity is tailored to compare and contrast three specific projects, any open source project can be used if there is a point of comparison.

Directions:

Given the following material for three different open source projects:

  1. Android Development Platform
  2. Ushahidi
  3. RedHat

For each project answer the following questions:

  1. What is the project about?
  2. Why is the project open source?
  3. What kind of open project is it? Describe the operating model and the license(s) used.
  4. In what ways can one contribute to the project? Are there any limitations?

Deliverable:

Submit a report with your answers. Your responses for each project should be a page to a page and half long.

Assessment:

Criteria Partial Credit Complete Credit
Understand:
The purpose of the project Answer is not clear, some grammatical or logical errors. Student does not comprehensively understand the purpose of a project Answer is clear, uses correct language, indicates the purpose of each project, including what need the project fulfills
Why the project is open source Answer is not clear, some grammatical or logical errors or not enough supporting arguments Answer is clear, uses correct language and provides supporting arguments
The different operating models and licenses using for each project Answer is not clear, some grammatical or logical errors or partially answers the question Answer is clear, uses correct language and correctly answers the question
How to contribute to the project Answer is not clear, some grammatical or logical errors or partially answer the question Answer is clear, uses correct language and correctly answers the question

Comments:

The instructor should have a basic understanding of open source models and licensing. If you're partnering with an open source project, you might consider adding that project to the list of projects being examined.

Additional Information:

Knowledge Area/Knowledge Unit Social Issues and Professional Practice/Intellectual Property
Topic Foundations of the open source movement [Familiarity]
Level of Difficulty Introductory
Estimated Time to Completion 3-4 hours
Materials/Environment Internet access required
Author Darci Burdge, Ruby El Kharboutly, Gina Likins, Lori Postner
Source N/A
License CC-BY-SA

Suggestions for the Open Source Project:

If you can provide this same set of information to your instructor partner and/or discuss it with the students (over IRC, for example), it would provide an opportunity for students to ask questions about project decisions that they otherwise might not have the opportunity to.



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