Open Source Communication Activity

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Title

Open Source Communication

Overview

Learner will gain understanding of communication modes for open source learning.

Prerequisites

Familiarity with concept of open source: Intro to FOSS Activity

Learning Objectives After successfully completing this activity, the learner 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
Process Skills Practiced


Background

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.

Directions

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).

Deliverables

Text document


Assessment

  • 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

Comments

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)
ACM Topic(s)
Level of Difficulty
Estimated Completion Time

Observation and Research time is one week; active time is 60 minutes

Environment / Materials

Internet connection and browser

Author(s)

Meilani Conley

Source

None

License

This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License

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Suggestions for Open Source Community

Suggestions for an open source community member who is working in conjunction with the instructor.

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