[TOS] What makes a "good" open source project for Academic involvement?

Shobha Tyagi tyagishobha at gmail.com
Tue Mar 6 04:47:22 UTC 2018


I found programs like gsoc and outreachy helpful for students to identify
the projects of their interest and interact with the respective project
mentors. There is no academic involvement but as I am open source
enthusiast I promote these programs to my students.
We can do one thing for making open source part of academics. We can give
students extra credits for successfully completing the internship in open
source project. Or open source internship mandatory in any one
undergraduates semester.

Thanks,
Shobha

On 06-Mar-2018 5:53 AM, "Heidi Ellis" <heidi.ellis at wne.edu> wrote:

Having an identified contact would be really helpful.  Large projects
can have multiple forms of communication with a variety of people taking
lead roles in each. Figuring out where to begin asking questions is
key.  Someone who can provide direction when first getting started is
very helpful.  I find this especially true when looking at the junction
of two sub-communities. For instance, looking at the accessibility
aspects of a project. There tends to be one community that focuses on
the project and another overlapping community that focuses on the
accessibility aspects.

Just my 2 cents.
Heidi


On 03/05/2018 03:00 PM, Tom Callaway wrote:
> Obviously, no teacher, class, or academic institution are the same, but
> I'm curious to know what aspects of an open source community make it
> "good" for you to connect your students with it.
>
> Not looking to make a list of "good" communities, but rather, interested
> in hearing what things that they do that made them a "good" fit. Are
> there things that you wish open source communities would do more often
> (or at all) to help make them more student/academic friendly?
>
> I've got my own ideas here, but I'm interested in hearing this from an
> academic perspective first. :)
>
> Thanks in advance,
>
> ~tom
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