We need to ensure that a 100% failure rate doesn’t happen again with LibreHealth and that we don’t get a student that’s all talk and can’t do the project. One idea that I got from the Mentor Summit was to create a task that by design requires them to do research to complete the task. Not sure if that would be torture, or would lead us to have rockstar students.
Another thing that I remember @downey doing during the OpenMRS days was a survey that tracked students’ experiences during the program, and similarly, for mentors; think of them as unofficial evals. I fully intended to carry those over, but never did. I want to do that this year.
Some other things:
- Blog posts weekly
- Each project gets a thread on discourse and new this year, a Discussion on Rocket Chat and they must use both of these as all communication is public, otherwise it never happened.
- Failure to do the above, may lead to a fail even if the code works, that’s not the point of GSoC. If the code is complete but the student is silent, that is a red flag and means that they are having private communications with their mentors, and that’s not good.