Why Use Version Control

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Title Why Use Version Control
Overview This is a hands-on game that demonstrates the value of version control
Prerequisite Knowledge None - this should be a good introduction to the topic before any technical work
Learning Objectives After completion, the student should be able to (1) describe what version control does and (2) describe at least three scenarios in which version control is useful


I've written this learning activity because understanding the *concepts* behind version control -- and understanding the reasons why you would want to use it -- can be useful even if a student never goes beyond the web interface of Github.


What should the student do?


What will the student hand in?


How will the activity be graded?

How will learning will be measured?

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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 How long should it take for the student to complete the activity?
Materials/Environment What does the student need? Internet access, IRC client, Git Hub account, LINUX machine, etc.?
Author Who wrote this activity?
Source Is there another activity on which this activity is based? If so, please provide a link to the original resource.
License Under which license is this material made available? (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/)

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