Open Source Communication Activity

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Title Open Source Communication Activity
Overview Learner will gain understanding of communication modes for open source learning.
Prerequisite Knowledge Familiarity with concept of open source: Intro to FOSS Activity
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


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.

In addition, there's a nice [video] on "how to communicate with your community" that Brian Proffitt at Red Hat has created -- the first couple minutes are about channels like IRC, mailing lists and forums and how they are used in open source communities.


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
  • Website
  • Description
  • Project Goal
  • Communication Modes (find all modes of communication i.e. IRC, website, etc.)

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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How will the activity be graded?

How will learning will be measured?

Include sample assessment questions/rubrics.

Criteria Level 1 (fail) Level 2 (pass) Level 3 (good) Level 4 (exceptional)
The purpose of the project
Why the project is open source


What should the instructor know before using this activity?

What are some likely difficulties that an instructor may encounter using this activity?

Additional Information

ACM Knowledge Area/Knowledge Unit What ACM Computing Curricula 2013 knowledge area and units does this activity cover? ACM_Body_of_Knowledge
ACM Topic What specific topics are addressed? The Computing Curriucula 2013 provides a list of topics -
Level of Difficulty Is this activity easy, medium or challenging?
Estimated Time to Completion Observation and Research time is one week; active time is 60 minutes
Materials/Environment Internet connection and browser
Author Meilani Conley
Source None
License Licensed CC BY-SA

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