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  • bethsoderberg 9:58 am on July 21, 2016 Permalink |  

    Recap of July 19, 2016 Meeting 

    Slack Log (Requires Slack login to view. Set one up if you don’t have a Slack account)

    1. Welcome!
    2. Update on WCNYC Contributor Day
      1. @rfair404  worked on the getting Theme-specific support lesson started and plans to continue working on it at Word Camp Boston this coming weekend.
      2. @melindahelt, @bethsoderberg, and @coachwp had some good conversations about enhancements that we think we need to the training team website to make it easier to onboard people and spread the word about what we are doing. We ended up having more big-picture conversations and didn’t make a lot of specific progress, but our plan is to put together our initial thoughts on a P2 and have it for discussion at a later time. For example, we talked about potentially splitting off into two handbooks (like Community does) so that one can focus on being involved in the team (writing, editing, testing) and the second “handbook” that has the lessons.
    3. Copyediting Updates
    4. Lesson Plan Amnesty
      1. We periodically put the list of current lesson plans assignments out to make sure they are correct. If you are assigned to a lesson plan on this list and can no longer work on the plan, please let @bethsoderberg or @chanthaboune know. This is the current list of in-progress plans:
        1. Adding forms to a site/ @c3zh
        2. Editing plugins/ @bethsoderberg
        3. managing spam on a site/ @melindahelt
        4. migrate, copy or clone a site/ @wpaleks
        5. Plugins: Where to Find Answers (forums, contact authors, reporting bugs/finding answers)/ @melindahelt
        6. Site Backup/ @chanthaboune
    5. Supportflow Lesson Testing Feedback Overview
      1. Sample feedback included questions like these:
        1. Should we create a general instruction on “how to do groupings, instruction versus hands on work, what to show or not” aka “Teachers Guide”? Most of these things would probably be the same for all of the lessons?
        2. Should we add a note specifying this is one of the possible WP dashboard configurations?
        3. I know that we have teacher resources, but do you all feel this would be beneficial to include? A sort of “How To” for teachers?
      2. @melindahelt had some constructive thoughts on when a teacher’s guide may be useful: “it depends on our priorities and goals. If our priority is to give groups (i.e. Hack the Hood, etc) lesson materials, those folks may already know how to teach. But long term, yes, that could be helpful as an overview “train the trainer” as new people step forward and want to teach with our LPs.”
    6. Announcements
      1. @chanthaboune used about half of the T1 lessons this weekend at Wonder Women Tech, which went very well.
      2. The marketing team (focuses on marketing self-hosted/.org WP) made some progress at WCEU and they are having a meeting later today, which @melindahelt will try to attend. Some of the focus is marketing the work that’s being done in in teams like ours. I just took a look at their post today (and added comments, which relate to training) and this ties in nicely into the conversation that we had at Contributor Day.
     
  • Josepha 3:33 pm on July 19, 2016 Permalink |  

    Agenda for July 19, 2016 Meeting 

    We’ll be in the #training channel on Slack at 19:00 UTC, which is TWO hours later than usual. Let’s check post-contributor day progress on lessons and then take a look at the feedback round-up that @epetrashen posted (https://make.wordpress.org/training/2016/07/18/supportflow-lesson-testing-feedback-overview/).

    1. Welcome
    2. Lesson Plan Updates
    3. Copyediting Updates
    4. Testing Updates
    5. Feedback Discussion
    6. Announcements/Questions/Etc.

    Let us know if you have more agenda items in the comments!

     
  • epetrashen 7:00 pm on July 18, 2016 Permalink |  

    SupportFlow Lesson Testing Feedback Overview 

    Hi everyone, so as we agreed on the team meeting, I took a look at the SupportFlow Lesson Testing Feedback and got it all together in one excel form for our convenience. It’s actually less items than it was announced at the meeting as more that half of the tickets in SupportFlow are results of people filling in “Make/training Contact form” from, not “Feedback” form.
    What trainers said is in the left half of the table, and my notes are on the right, with the light blue background:

    • Fixed column is the minor things trainers noted which I fixed as they said
    • To discuss column are ideas I’d really like to get your opinion/approval on, and I highlighted in pink what is the suggestion based on
    • Notes mostly contains the info about what trainers said was lacking but it seems to be changed since so that you’d know we don’t need to worry about it 🙂

    Overall, most of the reviews were really very positive, which is very inspiring, just one of them (the first) is kind of questioning the way we approach the lessons. But this is why it is one of the most useful for us I think! One of the things it suggests is creating a “Teacher’s guide” page which would clarify how the lessons should be handled i.e.:

    • It’s recommended to first show the students how to do the process described in the instructions, then ask them to repeat
    • Print out handouts or send out a pdf to participants before the lesson if you want to be environmentally friendly
    • Possibly, let the students know before hand what the prerequisites are
    • Any other kind of advice that might be applicable

    What do you think of this? It might be a nice place for accumulating the advice on conducting the lessons and also a go-to resource to prepare for someone who’s not an experienced teacher. And, it could be we already have something like these recommendations listed, but I’m not aware?
    So, please let me know what you think – feel free to comment in the post or in the google doc I mentioned!

     
    • Melinda Helt 7:25 pm on July 20, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Per our discussion during the training meeting, here are my thoughts on the two questions related to the “Dashboard, Settings, Posts v. Pages” Plan:

      Question 1 Re Teacher’s Guide: it depends on our priorities and goals. If our priority is to give groups (i.e. Hack the Hood, etc) lesson materials, those folks may already know how to teach. But long term, yes, that could be helpful as an overview “train the trainer” as new people step forward and want to teach with our LPs.

      Question 2: I think #2 is specific to that LP and yes, if it’s not clear in the LP that the screenshot may not look like your dashboard, then yes it should be noted. The dashboard view will change based on what plugins you have active, your hosting company, and how you personally configure it.

  • bethsoderberg 1:12 am on July 15, 2016 Permalink |  

    Hello WordCamp NYC Contributor Day! 

    Welcome to the website for the Training Team, WordCamp NYC Contributors! If you’re attending the July 15th Contributor Day in New York City, this post is intended to be an introduction on how to get started with contributing to Team Training. The training team focuses on producing lesson plans to be used in in-person workshop settings.

    Our team’s main focus during this contributor day will be working on lesson plans that will eventually be an introductory theme workshop. The larger team has brainstormed and collaborated on what plans need to be included in this workshop, and they are:

    1. Basic Theme Configuration – This plan should be about what types of things you can change (e.g. an intro to what the customizer is), not the specific instructions for changing things, but a general overview of what you can do.
    2. How to Find Theme-Specific Documentation – This plan should cover how to look at the links to the theme profile in the repo, tags in support and things like that, an explanation that different theme authors do this differently, and notes that there may not be documentation at all.
    3. Font Management
    4. Customizer: CSS Changes
    5. Customizer: Taglines
    6. Customizer: Static Front Page vs. Content Feed
    7. Customizer: Site Icons and Logos
    8. Customizer: Header and Background Images
    9. Customizer: Menus

    If you’d like to work on writing one of these plans, we will help you get set up! If you’re interested in contributing some other way, please find either myself or Melinda Helt and we will find a way for you to contribute. If you can’t find us in person, you can reply to this post or find us in the #training channel on Slack @bethsoderberg and @melindahelt. If you don’t have a Slack account, set one up!

    Steps to getting started writing one of the theme plans are:

    1. Find Melinda or Beth and choose a plan to work on. We will set you up with a login so that you can author your plan on our Make site.
    2. Take a look at our “Anatomy of a Lesson Plan” page. This page outlines the basic structure that we use for lesson plans. Your plan should follow this structure.
    3. Browse through our “Style Guide” page. This page outlines the general guidelines we try to follow to ensure that the materials our team produces are as internally consistent as possible.
    4. Take a look at the “Child Themes” lesson plan to see a sample plan that is complete and has been used in workshops many times.
    5. Get started writing your plan!
    6. Ask any questions you have as you go.

    We are excited to have you join us at WordCamp NYC’s contributor day!

     

     

     
  • Meagan Hanes 7:47 pm on July 12, 2016 Permalink |  

    Recap of July 12, 2016 Meeting 

    Attendance
    Hello to @melindahelt, @meaganhanes, @toniaslimm, @chanthaboune, @c3zh, @bethsoderberg, @skarjune, pbarthmaier and @epetrashen!

    Lesson Plan Progress
    https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1AWYtGfQ0BI0_7qAi50ryLzZGg0MfgMW_9d9CCAXOzWo/edit#gid=610433965

    • 11 plans in progress but no updates about them in today’s chat.
    • @toniaslimm will adopt another Speaker Training lesson for revising
    • @melindahelt will hopefully be making progress on theme LPs at WCNYC Contributor Day on Friday for a report next week
    • @pbarthmaier will pick up work on his What is Duplicator lesson. We appreciate you too!!
    • @chanthaboune and @meaganhanes think it’s time for a Lesson Amnesty after this weekend’s Contributor Days
    • @bethsoderberg will write a P2 post highlighting theme lessons they’ve identified, for use during Contributor Days.

    Copyediting

    • @skarjune is done copyediting Content Editor Overview
    • @c3zh is done with the speaker lesson too

    Testing

    • @melissahelt and @bethsoderberg created an amazing workshop on testing lesson plans and will run this at WCNYC – hopefully we’ll get more lesson plan testers involved! They will also document this workshop/scripts/etc in our P2 for future use.
    • @epetrashen will get access to our SupportFlow Lesson Testing Feedback and will have a look through it to see what she can spot.

    Annoucements & Open Q&A
    Community Summit is moving to WordCamp Europe 2017 in Paris, France! There will still be a Contributor Day at WCUS, so it’s great if you can make this still.

     
  • Josepha 8:50 pm on July 11, 2016 Permalink |  

    Agenda for July 12, 2016 Meeting 

    REMINDER: WE HAVE A NEW MEETING TIME! We’ll be in the #training channel on Slack at 19:00 UTC, which is TWO hours later than usual. We’ll be checking progress on lesson plans and preparing for WordCamp contributor days this week. Let us know if you have more agenda items in the comments!

    1. Welcome
    2. Lesson Plan Updates
    3. Copyediting Updates
    4. Testing Updates
    5. Upcoming Contributor Days
    6. Announcements/Questions/Etc.
     
    • Meagan Hanes 3:32 am on July 12, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I would like to talk about some of the lesson plans I’ve used in teaching recently, and how they can be improved. I would also like to review our procedure for integrating feedback we’ve received, as well as review supportflow to ensure its being satisfied!

  • bethsoderberg 10:34 am on July 7, 2016 Permalink |  

    Recap of July 5, 2016 Meeting 

    Slack Log (Requires Slack login to view. Set one up if you don’t have a Slack account)

    REMINDER: WE HAVE A NEW MEETING TIME, which is 19:00UTC – TWO hours later than usual.

    1. Welcome
    2. Lesson Plan Updates
      1. @chanthaboune reports that this week Elena (our delightful Outreachy intern) is taking a look at our lessons to see what can/should be done to help us get them in shape.
      2. @melindahelt has the sample “parent” lesson for plugin plans mostly drafted. She has rethought the lesson plan format for these lessons and has replaced the typical “Hands-on Walkthrough” section with a “Class Discussion” section that is more a high level introduction to the category covered by the plan rather than a walkthrough of anything specific.
        1. @wpnzach suggested “In the “Class Discussion” section, I think as a class administrator I’d love more info how WP core handles the need, and why folks might rely on plugins over core’s features….we hint at it in this example.  might just bring that forward more.  i.e. ‘moderated comments in core, vs auto moderated with akismet.'”
        2. We chatted about whether spam-specific settings should go in this plan or in the general settings plan and decided that spam-specific settings should be addressed in this plan with a link to the more general settings plan.
        3. We decided this plan doesn’t need a quiz (which may be a pattern for parent plans).
      3. For the group of lesson plans @wpnzach suggested calling them  “Collecting user information” instead of “Adding Forms to your Site” because, for example, “for some users a single email boc field doesn’t mentally register as a “form” because of it’s simplicity even though it obviously (to more seasoned folks) is.”
    3. Copyediting Updates
      1. Two lesson plans are out being copyedited right now, but haven’t come back yet.
    4. No Testing Updates
    5. Upcoming Contributor Days
      1. @melindahelt and @bethsoderberg will focus on getting people matched up with plans in the “theme” workshop for NYC’s upcoming contributor day.
     
  • bethsoderberg 5:57 pm on July 5, 2016 Permalink |  

    Agenda for July 5, 2016 Meeting 

    REMINDER: WE HAVE A NEW MEETING TIME! We’ll be in the #training channel on Slack at 19:00UTC, which is TWO hours later than usual. We’ll be checking on on progress on lesson plans and preparation for WordCamp contributor days this week. Let us know if you have more agenda items in the comments!

    1. Welcome
    2. Lesson Plan Updates
    3. Copyediting Updates
    4. Testing Updates
    5. Upcoming Contributor Days
    6. Announcements/Questions/Etc.
     
  • bethsoderberg 5:48 pm on June 28, 2016 Permalink |  

    Recap of June 28, 2016 Meeting 

    Slack Log (Requires Slack login to view. Set one up if you don’t have a Slack account)

    1. Welcome
    2. Lesson Plan Updates
      1. @melindahelt is on track to have the sample plugin parent plan done by Friday as she’d planned.
    3. Copyediting Updates
      1. @skarjune has completed copyediting the User Management lesson plan and is moving on to copyediting the Content Editor Overview lesson plan.
      2. @c3zh will work on copyediting the Creating Your WordPress talk lesson plan.
    4. Testing Updates
      1. @babssaul might be interested in testing in the future.
    5. Meeting Time
      1. ATTENTION!!! We will try out a new meeting time starting next Tuesday, July 5th. The new meeting time is 19:00 UTC.
    6. Announcements
      1. make.wordpress.org blogs are in the process of moving from P2s to O2s. It should happen soon, but there is no specific ETA. Per @chanthaboune, “This won’t mean too much for us – Tags will replace Categories and we will have a way to mark posts as done or not (depending on if it’s a task).” O2 is a different theme: https://geto2.com/.
      2. Folks will be at WCNYC and Columbus (if they have one) contributor days and will focus on the theme lessons and getting the troubleshooting workshop together.
     
  • bethsoderberg 4:30 pm on June 28, 2016 Permalink |  

    Agenda for June 28, 2016 Meeting 

    Hello! We’ll have our regular meeting in about 30 minutes. Please comment if you have any items to be added to the draft agenda listed here!

    1. Welcome
    2. Lesson Plan Updates
    3. Copyediting Updates
    4. Testing Updates
    5. Meeting Times? See our post on this subject – we’ve talked about it a bunch – any last questions?
    6. Announcements/Questions/Etc.
     
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