Teaching Open Source (Activity)

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=== Deliverables ===
=== Deliverables ===
None (but, you should now be subscribed to the TOS mailing list)
POSSE: None (but, you should now be subscribed to the TOS mailing list)
= Notes for Instructors =
= Notes for Instructors =

Revision as of 15:41, 4 February 2017

Title TOS Activity
Overview Learners will become members of the Teaching Open Source mailing list and gain some familiarity with the TOS wiki
Prerequisite Knowledge None.
Learning Objectives A student will be able to: 1) Describe the TOS list and site


Teaching Open Source is the primary website for academics interested in open source and involving their students in open source projects. TeachingOpenSource.org was set up in March 2009. The goal of the site is to foster collaboration and members are both academics and industry leaders.

NOTE: Over the years, the TOS wiki has been uncontrolled and heavily spammed. There is currently a project in process to rebuild the wiki and bring it under administrative control. Because of that, we are using an alternative version of Part 2 below that does not require editing the TOS wiki. - 2016-09-16


Part 1 - Joining the Teaching Open Source Mailing List

Teaching Open Source (TOS)- http://teachingopensource.org/index.php/Main_Page - is a "neutral collaboration point for professors, institutions, communities, and companies to come together and make the teaching of Open Source a global success." You will visit this site and sign up for the list serv.

Do the following:

  1. Go to: http://teachingopensource.org/index.php/Main_Page
  2. Locate the Get Involved section.
  3. Click the Join the mailing list link.
  4. Read through the information on the resulting page. Click the mailing list link.
  5. Complete the information in the form and click the Subscribe button.

Part 2 - Exploring the TOS Wiki

Wikis are a common tool in open source projects. At noted above, the TOS wiki is currently locked down for rebuilding. So we would like you to explore the site a bit but you will not be making any changes.

  1. Go to the TOS homepage: [1]
  2. Using the top menu items select "People" and then "Roll Call"
  3. Browse the list of TOS participants noting the mix of faculty members and open source project professionals
  4. Locate a few people with HFOSS interests similar to your own


POSSE: None (but, you should now be subscribed to the TOS mailing list)

Notes for Instructors

The remaining sections of this document are intended for the instructor. They are not part of the learning activity that would be given to students.


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)
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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 - https://www.acm.org/education/CS2013-final-report.pdf
Level of Difficulty Is this activity easy, medium or challenging?
Estimated Time to Completion 20-30 minutes
Materials/Environment Access to Internet/Web and web browser and email client.
Author Who wrote this activity?
Source Teaching Open Source web site
License Licensed CC BY-SA

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