Open Source Communication Activity

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Description Learner will gain understanding of communication modes for open source learning.
Source None
Prerequisite Knowledge Familiarity with concept of open source: Intro to FOSS Activity
Estimated Time to Completion Observation and Research time is one week; active time is 60 minutes
Learning Objectives Upon completion of this activity, participants should be able to 1) Identify the communication modes being used by the open source community of choice 2) Describe communication characteristics and culture within the community
Materials/Environment Internet connection and browser
Rights Licensed CC BY-SA
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The goal of this activity is for you to become familiar with the communication modes of an open source project. For more information please see the Intro to FOSS activity page.


Locate the IRC channel your open source project uses. Monitor that IRC channel for one week (7 days) or until there is at least 400 lines.

Please provide the following pieces of information about your open source project:

  • Name
  • Description
  • Project Goal
  • Communication Modes

Write a reflection on the culture of the community, the professional behaviour, challenges with non-synchronous communications, different time zones (if applicable).

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