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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

The instructors should ask an operator of the channel #ubuntu-classroom to set a topic announcing the subject, the date, and the time of the upcoming class.

The instructors should then be opped by a channel operator 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.


If the classroom channel is 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 /msg <opname> with all questions. They will then voice you in your turn and you will be able to ask your question in this channel."


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 is NOT supposed to 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.

Go to ClassroomTranscripts and add a link to your classes' wiki, or to the existing wiki, following the format shown on the transcript page.

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.