For those who aren't familiar with it, what is the Joomla! Student Outreach Program (JSOP)?
The purpose of this program is to provide a structure that allows students to gain real-world software development experience working with world-class mentors on projects of value to the Joomla! community.
This is an all-volunteer program. Students, mentors, and administrators work on a volunteer basis, although there will be cool t-shirts and achievement certificates for students who successfully complete one or more projects. See http://developer.joomla.org/joomla-student-outreach-program-jsop/43-jsop-2010/312-introducing-the-joomla-student-outreach-program-jsop.html
for more information.
What are the goals for the JSOP?
- New Talent: JSOP is one way the project can recruit new development talent into the community.
- Community: By fostering working in teams, JSOP will help strengthen the ties that connect community members to each other and to the project.
- Working Code and Docs: The work product of JSOP projects is expected to improve the Joomla! software and documentation.
- Experience: Real-world experience working on real problems.
- Knowledge: Work with and learn from world-class mentors. We have a fantastic team of mentors who are anxious to get started.
- Satisfaction: See your work incorporated into real software used by many people all over the world.
- Recognition: Be recognized for your contributions to the team and to the Joomla! project.
- Community: Be a part of a fantastic community.
- Satisfaction: Helping teach, guide, and nurture students as they make the transition from the classroom to real-life work.
- Satisfaction: Helping the Joomla! project recruit new talent into the community.
- Satisfaction: Helping complete important work for the project.
How many people are involved in the JSOP (students and mentors)?
About 12 students and 12 mentors.
How many different projects are underway, and can you give a summary of some or all of them?
We have 7 projects: Joomla! Development Tools, JConnekt 2.0, Media Gallery, Project Management Tools, Usability Testing, Web-Based Translation, and Zen Joomla!. You can read about some of them here: http://docs.joomla.org/Joomla!_Student_Outreach_Program_Project_Ideas
What have been some of the more rewarding aspects of starting and managing the JSOP?
It has been great to see the enthusiasm of the community toward students and toward these projects.
What have been some of the biggest challenges to starting and managing the JSOP?
This is a new program that we are trying on a pilot basis, so we don't have it all figured out. Also, many of us are very busy at the present time with working on version 1.6, so that is a challenge.
Are there plans for a 2011 JSOP? If so, what things have been learned which might be applied to future JSOP offerings?
I think so, but it is a little too soon to say for sure. I think one lesson (at least for me) is to try to have more involvement from the Production Leadership Team in creating the proposed JSOP projects.
Is there a way for the community to follow progress of the JSOP projects?Yes. JSOP students are blogging on community.joomla.org. Also, anyone can read the JSOP Google Group: http://groups.google.com/group/joomla-student-outreach-program
Are there ways the the community can support the JSOP, either by testing or in other areas? If so, how can community members learn more about opportunities to help?
Yes! If you are interested in any of the projects, just write a post on the Google group or email any of the mentors.