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From Tommaso Teofili <>
Subject Re: New mentoring activities
Date Tue, 14 Dec 2010 09:32:05 GMT
Hi Ross,
what a nice effort!

2010/12/14 Ross Gardler <>

> Below is the text of a mail I sent to the PMCs last night. Copied here for
> information:
> Over the next few weeks your project may be approached by students
> participating in a European Commission funded project called OpenSE [1].
> These students will be looking for GSoC style mentors in open source
> projects.
> The headline info you need is:
> * Mentors will not need to commit as much time as they do to GSoC
> * The student/mentor relationship should be largely the same as any other
> relationship with someone new to your project
> * Students will, in general, work on existing issues in your project, but
> some may come with their own ideas
> * All work by the student should be managed and recorded using your
> projects normal workflow
> * Students will not be full time on the project
> * Students will not be paid
> * Students will have external support from teachers and teaching assistants
> The key message for your project community is that this activity should
> present minimal additional overhead to your normal community support
> activities.
> Having said that, there are a few additional, but small, tasks we ask you
> to perform during the course of a mentored project:
> * acknowledge your agreement to mentor a student
> * provide a brief evaluation of the students activities half way through
> the project cycle (around 6 weeks in most cases)
> * provide a brief evaluation of the students activities at the end of the
> project cycle (around 12 weeks in most cases)
> Each of these activities is recorded in a JIRA issue in the ComDev project.
> This issue will be created by the student during the application process.
> It is important to stress that we are not asking mentors to take any
> responsibility for the success of the students work. All we ask is that you
> act as a "friendly face" within your community and provide brief evaluations
> as described above.
> Unlike in GSoC these students will (in most cases) be doing this work as
> part of their formal education. All students will have external tutors and
> teaching assistants helping them. Therefore, you should only need to help
> them with their direct contributions to your project (design, code review,
> applying patches etc.)
> Unlike in GSoC students will not be working full time on their projects and
> thus the overhead on mentors will be considerably less.
> The Community Development project is encouraging and supporting this
> activity in an attempt to evaluate the effectiveness of this approach to
> helping students understand open source development whilst bringing some
> valued patches to our projects.
> You can find some more information about the mentoring programme (which
> will evolve in response to experiences and feedback in this experiment) at
> If you have any questions please mail (or if you
> explicitly want to seek out students for your project).
> If you agree to mentor a student all we ask is that you also subscribe to
> the list (it's low traffic) and touch base with
> us now and again to let us know how things are going.
> Ross
> On behalf of the Community Development Project
> [1]

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