Test Usability (Activity)

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An HFOSS Learning Module for a CS2 Course


Students will learn HFOSS concepts and principles and then perform and document usability tests of the OpenMRS user interface.

Learning Objectives After successfully completing this activity, the learner should be able to:
  • Contribute to open source communities.
  • Do usability tests.
  • Understand the relationship between user interfaces and underlying objects.
Process Skills Practiced


Is there background reading material?

Because we assume students know nothing about HFOSS, we will provide a sequence of readings to give them background knowledge. The background reading will start with articles describing:

  • what open source is
  • the concept of community
  • the various ways in which one can contribute
  • the concepts of issues, bugs, and tickets
  • (maybe other things we will discover as we work this out)

Are there other activities the student should have done first?

Students will not have to do any activities prior to the assigned ones.

What is the rationale for this activity?

Students in a typical CS2 course have little or no knowledge of FOSS or HFOSS and only elementary coding and software design ability, and do not necessarily know the programming languages in which various (H)FOSS projects are written, but we would like to give them a sufficiently interesting and productive experience in HFOSS so that they will be motivated to become more active in HFOSS projects as they progress in their careers. We believe that introducing HFOSS in a CS2 course is beneficial because they will then be prepared and hopefully motivated in more advanced courses to contribute in more advanced ways.

Include helpful hints to faculty here.


What should the student do?


What will the student hand in?


  • 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?
ACM Body of Knowledge
Area & Unit(s)
ACM Topic(s)
Level of Difficulty
Estimated Completion Time
Environment / Materials

Stewart Weiss


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Suggestions for Open Source Community

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

Personal tools
Learning Resources
HFOSS Projects