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As of 2014 the Ubuntu Classroom project is no longer active.
Thanks to everyone for their support over the years. Write to the ubuntu-community-team mailing list if you have further ideas in this space.

Guidelines for Ubuntu Classroom

This article describes the procedures required to teach or run a class or session in #ubuntu-classroom.

Before the Class

Adding yourself to the instructors list

To teach a class, you must first of all be knowledgeable about the subject you wish to teach. You may then add your wiki name as an instructor to the class you would like to teach, as long as there are no more than 2 instructors teaching any one class at any one time. The table of topics must be updated following this example:

  • Date


    Class Topic


    Aug 5th and 6th


    Introduction to Internet Relay Chat (IRC)

    Bob (KDE) <> Alice (CLI)

    Aug 19th and 20th


    Introduction to Command Line Interface (Terminal)

    John (GNOME) <> Mark (KDE)

Submitting a Class Outline

Each instructor (or group of instructors) must submit a rough plan of the material covered in their class to the Ubuntu Classroom Mailing list at the very latest, two weeks before the class is held.

This will then be reviewed to make sure that the class is being taught by someone knowledgeable, and posted onto the wiki as a preview of the upcoming course. The instructor(s) may also do the latter themselves if they feel so inclined.

When submitting a class outline, you must also specify the time at which you would like to teach, while keeping in mind that one class must be in a timeframe targeted at European nations, and the other, targeted at the Americas. (Hence the GMT, and the EST in the example above).

Getting the channel ready

Instructor is an Ubuntu Member (with an Ubuntu Member cloak)

When a class is being led by an Ubuntu Member who has a member cloak on their IRC nick, you are able to make yourself an OP, and change the topic for your course, as well as set #ubuntu-classroom to moderated if you so desire.

To give yourself OPs, you would send the following message to ChanServ:

/msg ChanServ op #ubuntu-classroom

After giving yourself OPs, you can then set the topic using the /topic command. An example is a topic that was used for Ubuntu User Days:

/topic Ubuntu Classroom || Ubuntu User Days | Current Session: Getting involved in the Ubuntu Community ~~ Presented by jcastro || Please ask questions in #ubuntu-classroom-chat

If you want to have the channel moderated and have questions asked in #ubuntu-classroom-chat, then you will need to set the mode of the channel to +m. You can do this using one of the following command, depending on your IRC client.

/mode +m


/mode #ubuntu-classroom +m

If you do not want to have the channel moderated, then you can skip this last step. Please make sure that if you set the channel to moderated, that you are in #ubuntu-classroom-chat so you can see the questions asked by attendees.

If you are an Ubuntu Member, but do not have a membership cloak, please follow the instructions located at IrcTeam/Cloaks.

Instructor is not an Ubuntu Member (or an Ubuntu Member without a cloak)

The instructor(s) should ask a member of the Ubuntu Classroom Management Team to set a topic announcing the subject, the date, and the time of the upcoming class.

The instructor(s) should then be given OP status by an Ubuntu Classroom Management Team shortly before the class. A minute or two before the class begins, the instructor will set the channel to +m (moderated), unless the instructor has decided otherwise.

During the Class

This section describes procedures for during a class, such as how to ask questions effectively, etc.


Moderated Classes

If the instructor has set up the classroom channel to be moderated (+m), questions during the class will be directed toward the moderator. In other words, at the beginning of the class, the instructor will say something similar to this:

"Please ask questions in #ubuntu-classroom-chat using the format: QUESTION: your question here?"

An example would be:

QUESTION: How do I login to Ubuntu?

Unmoderated Classes

Some instructors choose not to moderate (+m) #ubuntu-classroom. In this situation, you would just ask your questions in #ubuntu-classroom unless the instructor has said otherwise. Once again, it would be a good idea to start your question with QUESTION: for easy recognition.


Each class should last around an hour, up to a maximum of two hours, with a minimum of half an hour. The length of the class is determined by the amount of material covered by the instructors, by the amount of questions asked, etc.

After the Class

This section describes procedures for after a class, such as resuming your class material into a wiki (if nobody has made a wiki on your subject beforehand) and linking to it.

Creating and linking to the classes Wiki

After you have taught a class, please write up a wiki page, resuming what you covered in your class. This may just be a pasting of the logs. If there is already a wiki page written, and you consider it to be complete, it will also be accepted.

Then either post the page to the mailing list, or go to the main Classroom page and update the description with the link.

If you need assistance with this please inform the Classroom staff and they will assign someone on the team to (help you) write notes from the logs.

Classroom/Guidelines (last edited 2011-06-04 05:10:40 by alderaan)