Community Team goals for 2021: share your suggestions!

In January of this year, the global community team posted a request for suggestions for 2020 goals that saw a lot of substantive ideas and suggestions. Of course, this year turned out to be nothing like anyone expected, and COVID-19 forced us to entirely change the way we support the WordPress community. With in person events still on hold, and the brand new Learn WordPress platform being live, it seems timely to start the discussion on 2021 goals. 

If you’d like to see past brainstorming posts, we have them from 2020, 2018, 2017, and 2016.

Please consider this an open thread for suggestions about what this team ought to focus on and/or try to accomplish in 2021. As in past years, you are welcome to suggest ideas that have already been suggested in the past, or to propose things that are entirely new!

We will leave this post open for comments until Monday, December 14 to give everyone time to make their suggestions. After that, we will summarize all suggestions (example) and discuss as a group to set our priorities. If you would like to help summarize the suggestions, please reach out to @angelasjin on the Making WP SlackSlack Slack is a Collaborative Group Chat Platform https://slack.com/. The WordPress community has its own Slack Channel at https://make.wordpress.org/chat/.!

What do you think the global community team should or could work on, to help further our mission to connect WordPress enthusiasts, inspire people to do more with WordPress, and contribute to the WordPress open sourceOpen Source Open Source denotes software for which the original source code is made freely available and may be redistributed and modified. Open Source **must be** delivered via a licensing model, see GPL. project, in 2021? 

#goals

Learn WordPress course planning

In order to make sure Learn WordPress is ready for a full launch, we need to work towards publishing content as soon as possible that can empower WordPress users to learn relevant and valuable skills. The best way to do that is by compiling courses that target specific learning outcomes. I proposed this on GitHub, so check that out for a deeper explanation of the data structure for this.

In this post, I’d like to explore some course outlines that we could use on Learn WordPress. For a full launch later this year, we need to have a minimum of two complete courses published on the site.

Alongside the course outlines below there are links to existing docs and lesson plans that could be used for people to record the workshops, as well as currently available workshops in some cases. The existing lesson plans and documentation make it very easy for anyone to record a workshop on the topic with minimal effort.

The course & workshop names aren’t set in stone – they’re just from initial brainstorming and this can all be evolved over time.

The feedback needed here is:

  1. Is there anything you would add/change about the course outlines listed here?
  2. Are there any additional courses you can think of that would be good to include?
  3. Which two courses should we make sure to have ready before we do a full, marketed launch of Learn WordPress before the end of 2020?
  4. Are there any workshops that you would like to be involved in creating/recording? If a lesson plan exists, then the workshop is simply using that as your script to record the workshop.

Please read through the proposed courses and outlines below and leave your feedback in the comments!

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Tuesday Trainings: Diverse Speaker Training Workshop Part 2

Last week, and for the coming 3 weeks we’re focusing on the Diverse Speaker Training Series presented by @jillbinder–with the help of some other amazing contributors. Whether you’re someone who would like to get more comfortable in your skills as a speaker or you’re an organizer looking to diversify your roster of speakers and find for ways to support those in your group with training, I can’t strongly enough recommend that you use these workshops and participate in discussion groups for them.

This workshop is for people from marginalized or underrepresented groups who are thinking about speaking at WordPress events. You do not need to have any experience in public speaking, and this workshop is for all levels of experience.

Focus

Writing your Pitch

Learning Objectives for this workshop

  • Identify what makes for a great title
  • Learn what makes for a successful pitch
  • Write the first draft of your pitch
  • Learn what makes for a great bio
  • Write the first draft of your bio

You can watch the video here!

Comprehension questions

  • What are some important points to consider when writing your talk pitch?
  • What are the hallmarks of a great title?
  • What should your bio include?

Talk about it

Now that you’ve taken something away from the workshop I hope you’ll take this all a step further and join a live discussion group to discuss the content with others who have watched it as well. You can find discussion groups specific to any of the workshops you find on Learn.WordPress here on Meetup.com.

You’re also welcome to bring your thoughts and questions here in the comments!

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Weekly Updates

Hello to all our Deputies, WordCampWordCamp WordCamps are casual, locally-organized conferences covering everything related to WordPress. They're one of the places where the WordPress community comes together to teach one another what they’ve learned throughout the year and share the joy. Learn more. organizers, MeetupMeetup All local/regional gatherings that are officially a part of the WordPress world but are not WordCamps are organized through https://www.meetup.com/. A meetup is typically a chance for local WordPress users to get together and share new ideas and seek help from one another. Searching for ‘WordPress’ on meetup.com will help you find options in your area. wranglers, and WordPress Community builders! You were probably hard at work this weekend. Tell us what you got accomplished in our #weekly-update!

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Community Team Chat Agenda | November 19 2020

Hello Team!

Our bi-monthly Community Team chat is happening this Thursday, 19 November 2020. Meeting times are detailed below. We use the same agenda for both meetings in order to include all time zones.

Asia-Pacific / EMEA friendly: Thursday, November 19, 2020, 11:00 UTC

Americas friendly: Thursday, November 19, 2020, 20:00 UTC

Deputy/Mentor check-in

What have you been doing and how is it going?

P2P2 P2 or O2 is the term people use to refer to the Make WordPress blog. It can be found at https://make.wordpress.org/. posts needing review/feedback

  • Setting a launch date for Learn WordPress – Hugh Lashbrooke – https://make.wordpress.org/community/2020/11/06/setting-a-launch-date-for-learn-wordpress/
  • Report: Diverse Speaker Workshops and Train the Trainers October 2020 – Jill Binder – https://make.wordpress.org/community/2020/11/06/report-diverse-speaker-workshops-and-train-the-trainers-october-2020/
  • WordCamp and Meetup application vetting sprint, November 2020 – Erica Varlese – https://make.wordpress.org/community/2020/11/09/wordcamp-and-meetup-application-vetting-sprint-november-2020/
  • Community Team Rep Nominations for 2021 – Mary Job – https://make.wordpress.org/community/2020/11/10/community-team-rep-nominations-for-2021/
  • Tuesday Trainings: Identifying and avoiding burnout – Cami Kaos – https://make.wordpress.org/community/2020/11/10/tuesday-trainings-identifying-and-avoiding-burnout/
  • Recap of the Diverse Speaker Training group (#WPDiversity) on November 11, 2020 – Jill Binder – https://make.wordpress.org/community/2020/11/11/recap-of-the-diverse-speaker-training-group-wpdiversity-on-november-11-2020/
  • [Input Requested] Re-imagining the work of the Diverse Speaker Training group (#WPDiversity) – Jill Binder – https://make.wordpress.org/community/2020/11/12/input-requested-re-imagining-the-work-of-the-diverse-speaker-training-group-wpdiversity/
  • Meetup Organizer Newsletter: November 2020 – Hari Shanker R – https://make.wordpress.org/community/2020/11/13/meetup-organizer-newsletter-november-2020/
  • Tuesday Trainings: Diverse Speaker Training Workshop Part 1 – Cami Kaos – https://make.wordpress.org/community/2020/11/17/tuesday-trainings-diverse-speaker-training-workshop-part-1/
  • Standards for Learn WordPress workshop content posted by Hari Shanker R – https://make.wordpress.org/community/2020/11/18/standards-for-learn-wordpress-workshop-content/
  • Quizzes are now live on Learn WordPress, posted by Hugh Lashbrooke – https://make.wordpress.org/community/2020/11/18/quizzes-are-now-live-on-learn-wordpress/
  • High Priority items before learn.wordpress.org launch, posted by Erica Varlese – https://make.wordpress.org/training/2020/11/18/high-priority-items-before-learn-wordpress-org-launch

Highlighted P2 posts

  • Learn WordPress course planning – High Lashbrooke – https://make.wordpress.org/community/2020/10/23/learn-wordpress-course-planning/
  • Community Team goals for 2021: share your suggestions! – Cami Kaos – https://make.wordpress.org/community/2020/11/16/community-team-goals-for-2021-share-your-suggestions/

Please add any additional items to this agenda by commenting on this post as needed.

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Quizzes are now live on Learn WordPress

While we work towards a full launch of Learn WordPress and we build up the courses available on the platform, a new feature has been added to the site that enables quizzes to be added to any workshop. This allows people to test their knowledge of the content they have been learning and make sure they have taken in the relevant information.

A number of the presenters for the existing workshops have submitted quiz questions, which are already live on the site, and future workshops will have the expectation of quiz questions to be included as well. To satisfy the need for quizzes to be graded automatically, all of the questions will be in a multiple-choice format. Additionally, since some workshops are designed to be watched back-to-back, some quizzes will apply to a group of workshops rather than just a single one.

The workshops that currently have quizzes available are:

There is a link to the quiz below the video on each workshop page for easy access for all viewers.

Other quizzes will go live soon, and future workshops will also have quizzes associated with them. In order to take a quiz, you need to be logged in to your WordPress.orgWordPress.org The community site where WordPress code is created and shared by the users. This is where you can download the source code for WordPress core, plugins and themes as well as the central location for community conversations and organization. https://wordpress.org/ account with a prompt to login being shown on the quiz page if you are not.

For now, the quiz results will only be visible to the individuals taking the quizzes, as well as in the site dashboard. Future plans could include displaying an average quiz score for each user on their WordPress.org profile, a public leaderboard with average scores, and maybe even profile badges for people who receive consistently high grades.

Not only do these quizzes allow people to really test their knowledge, but they will also provide a measurable metric for tracking the value and success of the Learn WordPress workshops.

How can you get involved?

There are a few things you can do to get involved here:

  1. Take the quizzes and report back here with any bugs you find or suggestions you have for improvements we can make.
  2. Submit workshops that you would like to record. This sheet shows workshops that are currently published and being planned.
  3. If there’s a workshop without a quiz, then please submit questions – if you know the content well, you can write questions for it, even if you’re not the presenter.

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Standards for Learn WordPress workshop content

All projects and content in the WordPress project follow a set  of guidelines to ensure standards. Some examples include the WordPress coding standards, the WordPress documentation guidelines, and the WordPress.tv guidelines. Hence, it’s time to start thinking about a basic set of guidelines for the Learn WordPress platform as well. The purpose behind having guidelines for Learn are two-fold:

  • To avoid any confusion amongst workshop creators on how to create videos.
  • To ensure that Learn WordPress videos have some form of uniformity and standards, instead of being radically different from each other. 

Here are some ideas on those things about Learn that we can standardize. 

  • Length of the workshop: A maximum of 90 minutes. Anything more than that could potentially be broken down into a series or multiple workshops.
  • Workshop title image format: We could potentially request workshop authors to create title cards similar to WordPress design standards. We can provide a sample title card with the necessary fonts and designs that creators can fork for their use.
  • Fonts/formatting for titles and overlays: Ask users to add content similar to the WordPress.orgWordPress.org The community site where WordPress code is created and shared by the users. This is where you can download the source code for WordPress core, plugins and themes as well as the central location for community conversations and organization. https://wordpress.org/ design language? We should be able to provide assets to help creators.
  • Slide format: If the presenter uses slides, can we provide them a slide format or a template that they can use? (in .key, .ppt or on Google slides format). The training team already has guidelines for slides, which we can potentially use for Learn. For workshops based on existing lesson plans, it would be useful to make use of existing slides, or to add new slides to lesson plans. We will also need guidelines on the storage and accessibility of slides
  • Suggestions/recommendations on the structure of the workshop How should the organizers present their content? Should workshop organizers present slides along with the workshop? How should organizers switch from screencasts/slides? Here are some thoughts:
    • New presenters are encouraged to create workshops based on existing lesson plans, as they already contain objectives, assessments, and slides for Learn workshops. 
    • Presenters should aim to make their videos as interactive as possible.
    • Add more Slides/writings/written-text on the video workshop.
    • Include screen shares if we’re talking about a technical topic that deals with development or the WP dashboard. 
    • Use jargon-free and straightforward language for the workshop.
    • Share any code that was used in the workshop video.
  • Video and audio format guidelines: The video can be recorded using any camera, but aim for a 720p or 1080p video. The video size should be less than 1 GB so that it can be uploaded to WordPress.tv. The audio should also be of good quality. All participants should be able to clearly hear the audio content in the workshop.
  • Subtitles and captions: As much as possible, each Learn WordPress video should be accompanied by subtitles in the workshop language, as a baseline requirement.
  • Learning objectives, comprehension questions, and quizzes: Each workshop should have 4-5 learning objectives and comprehension questions (for discussion groups). Additionally, since the team is working on integrating quizzes with Learn WordPress, it would be good to have workshop creators submit quiz questions and answers with each workshop. 

Training team guidelines on lesson plans

The training team already has some guidelines in place for the lesson plans. These will be excellent resources as we prepare the guidelines for Learn.


Each Learn WordPress workshop is unique. The purpose of these guidelines is not to make each workshop look like the other. On the contrary, each workshop author should have the freedom to craft the workshop in whichever way we want. The idea behind these guidelines is to ensure that all workshop authors keep a few things to make their workshops have compelling content and are useful for our participants. 

These guidelines can be placed on the page where applicants submit a workshop idea – possibly as part of the confirmation page once the workshop idea is submitted. They can also be placed as a reminder and guide for someone who’s just getting started. Alternatively, these guidelines could be placed more prominently – such that a contributor actively agrees to them before even starting on their submission.

The suggestions listed in this post are just the boilerplate. We need a broader discussion to explore this idea more and would like to have feedback from members of the community on the following points.

  • Is it feasible to set up some guidelines for Learn?
  • If we decide to go ahead with these guidelines, do you have any suggestions on where we can add policies in Learn?
  • What are your suggestions on the guidelines listed in this post? 
  • What are some additional guidelines you’d like to see added?

Please share your feedback on the following questions in the comments by November 30, 2020 (Monday). 

A big thanks to members of our community for your continued support for the Learn WordPress program!

This post was jointly-written by @camikaos and I.
The following people contributed to this post: @angelasjin @azhiyadev @chaion07 @courane01 @evarlese 

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Tuesday Trainings: Diverse Speaker Training Workshop Part 1

In the coming 4 weeks we’ll focus on the Diverse Speaker Training Series presented by @jillbinder–with the help of some other amazing contributors. Whether you’re someone who would like to get more comfortable in your skills as a speaker or you’re an organizer looking to diversify your roster of speakers and find for ways to support those in your group with training, I can’t strongly enough recommend that you use these workshops and participate in discussion groups for them.

This workshop is for people from marginalized or underrepresented groups who are thinking about speaking at WordPress events. You do not need to have any experience in public speaking, and this workshop is for all levels of experience.

Focus

Introduction and topic selection.

Learning Objectives for this workshop

  • Understand myths that prevent people from speaking publicly
  • Identify any of your personal fears that have stopped you from public speaking 
  • Generate several topics that you could speak about
  • Learn the different types of talk formats

You can watch the video here!

Comprehension questions

  • What are some common myths that prevent people from speaking publicly?
  • What is impostor syndrome? 
  • What are some topics that you came up with during your brainstorm? Were you able to choose and refine any topics?
  • What are some of the different talk formats? Are there any in particular that you would like to give?

Talk about it

Now that you’ve taken something away from the workshop I hope you’ll take this all a step further and join a live discussion group to discuss the content with others who have watched it as well. You can find discussion groups specific to any of the workshops you find on Learn.WordPress here on Meetup.com.

You’re also welcome to bring your thoughts and questions here in the comments!

#tuesdaytrainings, #wpdiversityworkshops

Weekly Updates

Hello to all our Deputies, WordCampWordCamp WordCamps are casual, locally-organized conferences covering everything related to WordPress. They're one of the places where the WordPress community comes together to teach one another what they’ve learned throughout the year and share the joy. Learn more. organizers, MeetupMeetup All local/regional gatherings that are officially a part of the WordPress world but are not WordCamps are organized through https://www.meetup.com/. A meetup is typically a chance for local WordPress users to get together and share new ideas and seek help from one another. Searching for ‘WordPress’ on meetup.com will help you find options in your area. wranglers, and WordPress Community builders! You were probably hard at work this weekend. Tell us what you got accomplished in our #weekly-update!

Have you run into a roadblock with the stuff you’re working on? Head over to #community-events or #community-team in SlackSlack Slack is a Collaborative Group Chat Platform https://slack.com/. The WordPress community has its own Slack Channel at https://make.wordpress.org/chat/. and ask for help!

Meetup Organizer Newsletter: November 2020

Hello friends,

Welcome to the November edition of our meetupMeetup All local/regional gatherings that are officially a part of the WordPress world but are not WordCamps are organized through https://www.meetup.com/. A meetup is typically a chance for local WordPress users to get together and share new ideas and seek help from one another. Searching for ‘WordPress’ on meetup.com will help you find options in your area. organizer newsletter! Read on to catch up with some exciting updates from the WordPress community and resources for your local WordPress meetup group. 

Newsletter contents:

  • Online Event updates
  • Meetup organizer resources
  • News and updates

Online Event Updates

Meetup organizers can use the hashtag: #OnlineWPMeetup to promote your online meetup on social media. You can reach out to the WordPress Marketing team in the #marketing SlackSlack Slack is a Collaborative Group Chat Platform https://slack.com/. The WordPress community has its own Slack Channel at https://make.wordpress.org/chat/. channel if you need support with promoting your online meetup event — the team posts regular updates on local meetups in its LinkedIn page.

Featured Online Meetup Event
Several WordPress Meetup Groups in the U.S. are joining hands to organize the: WordPress “Mega Meetup”: The “Plugin Draft” Episode event on November 18, 2020 6:30 PM. The event, which features several speakers such as Adam Silver, Birgit Pauli, and Topher DeRosia, aims to highlight several useful plugins and demystify them for participants, and will also feature a host of talks and sessions. The organizers promise a fun event with a WordPress Trivia game show and a T-Shirt contest. The event is being held on Zoom, and you can sign up for it right away!

Wish to participate in more online WordPress events across the world? You can find all the upcoming online meetups around the globe at: https://make.wordpress.org/community/events/online/.

Online WordCampWordCamp WordCamps are casual, locally-organized conferences covering everything related to WordPress. They're one of the places where the WordPress community comes together to teach one another what they’ve learned throughout the year and share the joy. Learn more. Updates
Check out the websites of the following  WordCamps from the past few weeks to catch up with their recorded live streams. Videos of these camps are being uploaded to WordPress.tv.

While you are at it, don’t miss the chance to get free tickets for the upcoming WordCamp Mexico Online (November 25 – 28)! Several online WordCamps are in the pipeline and will be announced soon!

Diverse Speaker Training Workshops (#WPDiversity)

Check out these upcoming workshops in November to encourage diverse voices to share their knowledge and stories to online WordPress Meetups and WordCamps:

Don’t forget to keep up with the #WPDiversity announcements on the WordCamp Twitter and Facebook accounts, along with the Marketing team LinkedIn Page

Meetup Organizer Resources

Meetup organizers can now request Community Zoom Pro accounts for their local meetup events! In order to get a Zoom Pro account for your meetup, submit a request using the zoom requests form at least a week before your event.

News and updates

  • WordPress 5.6 Beta 1, Beta 2, Beta 3, and Beta 4 versions came out, along with the following WordPress maintenance release: Version 5.5.2 and Version 5.5.3. Feel free to help test BetaBeta A pre-release of software that is given out to a large group of users to trial under real conditions. Beta versions have gone through alpha testing in-house and are generally fairly close in look, feel and function to the final product; however, design changes often occur as part of the process. releases!
  • The Core team released GutenbergGutenberg The Gutenberg project is the new Editor Interface for WordPress. The editor improves the process and experience of creating new content, making writing rich content much simpler. It uses ‘blocks’ to add richness rather than shortcodes, custom HTML etc. https://wordpress.org/gutenberg/ Version 9.2 (the last Gutenberg release to be featured in WordPress 5.6) and Version 9.3.
  • Take the 2020 WordPress Annual Survey now! Results of the 2019 survey are also available. Feel free to remind your meetup group to take the survey!
  • The Polyglots teamPolyglots Team Polyglots Team is a group of multilingual translators who work on translating plugins, themes, documentation, and front-facing marketing copy. https://make.wordpress.org/polyglots/teams/. has launched its 2020 Polyglots Translator Research form. Feel free to pass it on to your meetup group, translate the announcement template into your language, and publish it on your Rosetta site (if any). You can also help out by spreading the word on Social Media by amplifying these Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn posts.

If you have any questions, Community Team deputies are available to help. Please send an email to support@wordcamp.org or join the #community-events Slack channel. Thanks for everything you do to grow the WordPress community. Let’s keep sharing knowledge and inspiring each other with our contributions! 

We will see you online soon!

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The following people contributed to this edition of the Meetup newsletter: @chaion07 @courane01 @meher @nao and @webcommsat

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