[IAEP] student guidelines _very_ rough draft

David Farning dfarning at sugarlabs.org
Tue Sep 8 08:32:10 EDT 2009

Thanks Martin,

I'll ping Helen later today.


On Tue, Sep 8, 2009 at 5:49 AM, Martin
Langhoff<martin.langhoff at gmail.com> wrote:
> FWIW, Helen Foster @ Moodle handles that -- according to Google's SoC
> ppl -- is one of the best-run GSoCs. What I hear from students is that
> the explicit 'expectations' document is very good guidance. All the
> docs are -- I think -- interesting:
>   http://docs.moodle.org/en/Category:GSOC
> as a mentor, Helen is always there, and sends me brief kind emails in
> advance of deadlines, calls on meta-mentors to help when I am bogged
> down and not answering to my mentees in timely fashion, etc.
> Her approach is really outstanding.
> As a mentor for 3 runs now, I have so say that the best indicators of
> success have been...
>  - The time I spend on it -- not just direct irc time -- quality code
> review takes a lot of time!
>  - How hard the students work, and how skilled they are, *before* the
> project starts. A student that can't get a checkout and a build going
> and patch a bug or two without help is of no interest to me (in the
> context of GSoC). Pretty damn high bar, but there are a lot of people
> applying for GSoC -- get the best ones :-) -- and it will be valuable
> dev time diverted from other work.
> hth,
> m
> On Tue, Sep 8, 2009 at 12:45 AM, David Farning<dfarning at sugarlabs.org> wrote:
>> This summer, Sugar Labs had 12 students working under various gsoc,
>> intern, workstudy, and co-op programs.  Overall, the results have been
>> promising.  There are a few things which we can do to improve the
>> experience for everyone.
>> Based on conversations with other opensource project the three keys to
>> success for working with students are:
>> 1. Clearly defined expectations for student, sponsor, and project.
>> 2. Clearly project plan with implementation strategy.
>> 3. Experienced mentor.
>> Below is a very rough draft of a student guidelines document.  I would
>> appreciate suggestions.
>> david
>> ====================
>> Thank you for your interest in working, and learning, with Sugar Labs.
>> Sugar Labs has a large number of smart and passionate student
>> participants.  These student often go on to become Sugar Lab's most
>> important contributors and project leaders.  One of the advantage of
>> being a student is that  you can combine your learning experience at
>> Sugar Labs with your official school activites through intern-ships,
>> co-ops, work study programs, and privately sponsored contracts.
>> The following guidelines are intended to insure that your Sugar Lab's
>> experience is beneficial for you, your school, and Sugar Labs.
>> Working with Sugar Lab's as an intern, co-op,  or work study student
>> means that there is a contractual obligation between you, your school,
>> and Sugar Lab's.  This document represents the thoughts and
>> deliberations which have gone into making your experience at Sugar
>> Labs beneficial for you, your school, and Sugar Labs.[REPEATED TEXT]
>> == project description==
>> Experience has shown than the most important factor in having a
>> successful experience at Sugar Labs is your project plan.  The plan
>> represents the vision of what you want to accomplish and provides
>> roadmap for how to make that vision a reality.
>> Exploration, collaboration, and reflection.  Plan provides boundaries
>> so you can freely explore.
>> First big project for many students.
>> Done before starting program
>> good plan implies investment by student->investment by student results
>> in good mentor.
>> Fail to plan -> Plan to fail.
>> The plan should include:
>> *deliverable
>> *learning objective
>> ==mentor==
>> The second most important piece to success is your mentor.
>> link to community
>> master -> apprentice
>> ==General information==
>> Below is general information for filling out your school's forms.
>> ===Overview===
>> Sugar Labs is organized as a member project of the Software Freedom
>> Conservancy[1].  The SFC is an umbrella organization which handles the
>> accounting work, financial management, and makes sure the activities
>> of Sugar Labs fit within the scope of the non-profit status.
>> ===Mission statement===
>> The mission of Sugar Labs® is to produce, distribute, and support the
>> use of the Sugar learning platform; it is a support base and gathering
>> place for the community of educators and developers to create, extend,
>> and teach with the Sugar learning platform.
>> ===Funding===
>> Sugar Labs is funded through donations from its contributing members.
>> ===Agency Name===
>> Sugar Labs (A member project of the Software Freedom Conservancy)
>> ===Agency Contact===
>> Bradley M. Kuhn
>> ===Postal Address===
>> Software Freedom Conservancy
>> 1995 Broadway FL 17
>> New York, NY 10023-5882
>> ===Telephone===
>> +1-212-461-3245 tel
>> +1-212-580-0898 fax
>> ===Email===
>> conservancy at softwarefreedom.org
>> ===Addition information===
>> For additional information or forms please contact dfarning at sugarlabs.org.
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