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Recap for Training Team Meeting December 4, 2020

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Attendance: @azhiyadev, @webtechpooja, @evarlese, @courane01, @webcommsat, @nalininonstopnewsuk, @chetan200891, @sippis, @oglekler, @chaion07, @meher, @onealtr

Meeting led by @courane01

Upcoming team meetings

Tuesday 8 December 2020 at 17:00 UTC

Fridays 11 December 2020 at 11:00 UTC

Introduction and Welcome

Congrats and Thanks

For anyone new, we want to acknowledge contributions made to the team so please fill out our contact form, if you haven’t already done so. It will also help us provide you with access to various Training team accounts.

What we are working on now

We are currently working on these last steps before launching Learn.WordPress.org

  • @rastaban joined Training on Tuesday and cleaned up one of those complex code lesson plans “The Loop
  • @rastaban and @webtechpooja both encountered the pluginPlugin A plugin is a piece of software containing a group of functions that can be added to a WordPress website. They can extend functionality or add new features to your WordPress websites. WordPress plugins are written in the PHP programming language and integrate seamlessly with WordPress. These can be free in the WordPress.org Plugin Directory https://wordpress.org/plugins/ or can be cost-based plugin from a third-party that presents code in lesson plans have a bug with closing PHPPHP PHP (recursive acronym for PHP: Hypertext Preprocessor) is a widely-used open source general-purpose scripting language that is especially suited for web development and can be embedded into HTML. http://php.net/manual/en/intro-whatis.php. snippets in particular. A bug report has been filed and hopefully can be resolved soon.

There has been a lot of progress on the other high priority items:

We have a release date of December 15, 2020, for Learn. This was a group decision with #marketing and #community-team to give WP5.6 and Learn some space in the communication and press. Thank you to #marketing for the thoughtfulness and work put into the release comms for Learn.

  • The launch for Learn will also include a social media pack. If you have any networks that you think would be useful in promoting Learn WordPress for launch and during the 3-month campaign, please let #marketing know.
  • #marketing would also welcome your input into a collaboration they shared in marketing this week. You can find it at https://docs.google.com/document/d/1PUJDhb7YDfRUj3CX_6IJSd2ANKQfkbmEl3KP5mY9q_c/edit
  • #marketing is collating a list of external promotional opportunities and scheduling these for both maximum promotion and to help ensure the material that is being shared is consistent and up-to-date. It allows them to keep up the momentum and include calls to action and calls for volunteers as needed. If you think you can help with this then please get please tag abahanonstopnewsuk in the #marketing slack channel
  • #marketing will share how you can be involved with the Learn WordPress launch closer to December 15, 2020.
  • #marketing also has internal fun plans to celebrate the Learn WordPress launch. If you would love to get involved, let them know. @webcommsat promises cake (virtual of course :-)).

One of our last steps on launch is coordinating wth #meta for some visual organization.

  • @coreymckrill has been working with the Training team to help with the flow and functionality of the site.
  • @dufresnesteven provided the work done roughing in Jan/Feb this winter. The team at the time envisioned an MVPMinimum Viable Product "A minimum viable product (MVP) is a product with just enough features to satisfy early customers, and to provide feedback for future product development." - WikiPedia including much of what is shown on the visual organization. Note, this is a 14-page file. If @chetan200891 or @jessecowens can point to any comments that happened around reaching this point, it’d be appreciated.
  • Before launch, we’d like at least a small portion of that organization to be present. Giving new visitors a bit of visual organization and flow through the site will help. @evarlese and @courane01 have been providing input into this. If anyone wants to contribute to the conversation, then @courane01 will be available in the Training slack from 17:00 UTC today. You can comment asynchronously.

In terms of what is left before launch, that the team can do, it would be nice to have the following lesson plans created:

  1. Joining the Making WP Slack
    1. The following content might be useful https://github.com/WordPress/contributor-day-handbook/blob/master/*Start%20Here%20-%20General%20Guides/How%20to%20join%20the%20WordPress.org%20Slack%20instance.md
  2. Joining Get Involved teams
    1. This will need to link to the Contributor Handbook on WordPress/GitHubGitHub GitHub is a website that offers online implementation of git repositories that can can easily be shared, copied and modified by other developers. Public repositories are free to host, private repositories require a paid subscription. GitHub introduced the concept of the ‘pull request’ where code changes done in branches by contributors can be reviewed and discussed before being merged be the repository owner. https://github.com/ as well as the links to the onboarding videos from Make WP slack.

There is a reusable blockBlock Block is the abstract term used to describe units of markup that, composed together, form the content or layout of a webpage using the WordPress editor. The idea combines concepts of what in the past may have achieved with shortcodes, custom HTML, and embed discovery into a single consistent API and user experience. in Learn lesson plans with our template. We ask that you do not hit publish, as we do have a revision process before taking lessons live.

Standup/Check-In

@courane01 committed to and completed cross-team efforts, monitoring what’s left to be done, onboarding new contributors as well as helping to onboard @onealtr to facilitate the Tuesday meetings in the near future.

@evarlese helped with the sprints and subsequently worked on updating/finishing content in lesson plans.

Would others like to assist with those lesson plans OR visual organization? Feedback on initial flow and help sorting the material is greatly appreciated. We can loosely organize that here in the channel or @courane01 can organize a blog post with approximate timeframes. We’d love to see the team share in the stand-ups in an ongoing manner. After launch, we will revisit internal documentation/procedures, our forms and more.

Open announcements/discussion

Please comment on the proposal to move the Learn Working Group to Training to better organize and unify the work of Learn.

As part of the progression, @evarlese has published the collective thoughts of those noted in the footer on Learn WordPress: Blue sky thinking. This is a brainstorm type document on where Learn can go, with a 3-year vision roughly presented. Please leave your feedback.

If you have any additional ideas/suggestion or would like to voice support of these thoughts, concerns or other, please do.

Action items

@courane01 will continue to work on the release prep work, especially getting a minimum version of visual organization. Also, follow up with @sippis and @jessecowenson downloadable slide options.

@evarlese will focus on helping with visual organization and anything else that may come up before launch.

@azhiyadev will assist with feedback on initial visual flow and help sort the material.

Learn WordPress: Blue sky thinking

As we get closer to launching Learn WordPress, and we continue to explore ways to improve the platform, a number of contributors started to pull together some ideas in this post for what we’d like to see Learn look like in the future.

This originally started as a Google document, so I’ve tried to capture most, if not all, of the comments shared in revisionsRevisions The WordPress revisions system stores a record of each saved draft or published update. The revision system allows you to see what changes were made in each revision by dragging a slider (or using the Next/Previous buttons). The display indicates what has changed in each revision. of this list. However, these ideas are just a starting point to collect all of our ideas and visions for Learn. Please keep adding thoughts, ideas, clarifications, and so on as you think of them!

Project Goals

Learn WordPress is an online platform that offers free educational content for anyone interested in learning how to publish with, build for, and contribute to WordPress. It is intended to be the primary learning resource for anyone wanting to learn how to do more, and help others do more, with WordPress.  

We aim to:

  • Educate about WordPress
  • Appreciate the power of WordPress and how it’s made
  • Celebrate all the cool things people are doing with WordPress

What could this look like?

Think of this as answering the question: “What could Learn WordPress look like in 2023?”

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Recap for Training Meeting November 30, 2020

Attendance: @courane01, @camikaos @webtechpooja, @meher @Rastaban @jessecowens @manzwebdesigns @YashwardhanRana @sippis @oglekler @onealtr @webcommsat

Meeting led by @courane01

Introduction and welcome to new contributors

Agenda for the week of November 30

  1. Introduction and Welcome
  2. Congrats and Thanks
  3. What we’re working on now
  4. Sprint work sessions
  5. Standup/check-in
  6. Open announcements/discussion
  1. Introduction and Welcome
  2. Congrats and Thanks
    1.  Time for more team congrats.  This week’s congrats go to @Michael Geheren.  He clocked many hours last week correcting missing screenshots and fixing broken links on the http://learn.wordpress.org website. So much so that he received a badge based upon our documentation.   
    2. Also in the mentions this week, #marketing has done a fantastic job preparing for the full launch of the Learn WordPress website. @webcommsat @nalininonstopnewsuk @meher @OGlekler @lmurilliom @yvettesonneveld. And to others from the marketing team who have helped in the meeting collaborations: @chaion07, @megphillips91, @lokesh1994, @herculespekkas @ugyensupport, @yashwardhanrana, @technocrews, @antialiasfactory and others
    3. Cross-team collaboration is really in full effect as we get close to the Learn launch.  We are anticipating a release to coincide with WordPress 5.6 shipping on Dec 8, 2020 (NEXT WEEK)
  3. What we’re working on now
    1. As we near the launch of Learn, we are checking over these areas to get lesson plans really ready for the wider public to discover. That has included fixing broken images, missing content, and more.
      1. https://make.wordpress.org/training/2020/11/25/high-priority-items-before-learn-wordpress-org-launch-part-2/
  4. Sprint work sessions
    1. @erica organized a sprint work session that occurred several hours on December 1, so there’s quite a lot of activity in our channel just before the meeting began.  Comments are mostly updated onto the High Priority post above.
    2. https://make.wordpress.org/training/2020/11/19/updating-sprint-ahead-of-learn-launch/ 
  5. Standup/check-in
    1. Courtney: Last week @Hauwa Abashiya and I sorted through what remains to be done before launch and organized it on the High Priority post as well as time spent on cross-team communications. Last week @Hauwa Abashiya and I sorted through what remains to be done before launch and organized it on the High Priority post as well as time spent on cross-team communications.
    2. Camikaos: Has been on vacation with no blockers and is now pushing for the Learn working groups to combine and be hosted under Training team, working to update anything prior to the full Learn launch, collaborating with Sandy E on trainings for Kids, recording some workshops from existing lesson plans
    3. Bud Manz has been working and gone on holiday and will spend time next week working on needs-design-feedback tags and helping @camikaos (she/her) on the sprints
  6. Open announcements/discussion
    1. Slides: For next week, Courtney will continue any cross team collab, and thanks to @Jesse Owens, will also check that all the slides in GitHubGitHub GitHub is a website that offers online implementation of git repositories that can can easily be shared, copied and modified by other developers. Public repositories are free to host, private repositories require a paid subscription. GitHub introduced the concept of the ‘pull request’ where code changes done in branches by contributors can be reviewed and discussed before being merged be the repository owner. https://github.com/ are available on lesson plans.  Jesse has been pivotal in that work.  Hoping to find a low-lift way for users to get a PDF print of the slides we currently have.
      1. Option 1: Instruct the audience to print the slides and use their browser’s print-to-pdf option
      2. Option 2: Have the lesson creator do those steps, and add them to the repositories
      3. Option 3 would be to add a “Print” button in the slide decks themselves
  7. Last announcement: https://make.wordpress.org/community/2020/12/01/proposal-moving-the-learn-working-group-to-training/
    1. The idea is that the training team would be the home for all Learn WordPress site info. We’re currently split between #community-team and #training for content, P2s, working group discussions.  Unifying Learn work to the Training team could really help us organize and streamline decisions.

#community-team, #meeting-agenda, #training #marketing

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Agenda for the week of November 30

Please join us Tuesday 1700 UTC OR  Friday 1100 UTC in the #training Slack channel for our weekly meetings!

This Week’s Agenda

  1. Introduction and Welcome
  2. Congrats and Thanks
  3. What we’re working on now
  4. Sprint work sessions
  5. Standup/check-in
  6. Open announcements/discussion

You are welcome to join the team at any time! If you are new to the Training Team, please introduce yourself in the #training channel before the meeting (or anytime!) and feel free to join us in the meeting and participate as you are able.

Training Team Mission

The WordPress training team creates downloadable lesson plans and related materials for facilitators to use in live environments.

Getting Involved

Everyone is welcome and encouraged to join in, comment on posts, and participate in meetings and on projects.

Team Links:

High Priority items before learn.wordpress.org launch Part 2

Wow… thank you, contributors! We have made a serious dent in all the cleanup on Learn in preparation for the tentative December 8 full launch. Part 1 list can be found just a week ago.

This is a more granular list of what remains to be done. Before we move on to new content (some high priority ones are shown below), let’s try to knock out the remaining issues first.

Bugs/features for MVPMinimum Viable Product "A minimum viable product (MVP) is a product with just enough features to satisfy early customers, and to provide feedback for future product development." - WikiPedia:

(These are more coordination with MetaMeta Meta is a term that refers to the inside workings of a group. For us, this is the team that works on internal WordPress sites like WordCamp Central and Make WordPress. but shown here for the team to be familiar with)

Add our own image:

Revise code snippets:

Done: Content

New Content:

Diverse Speaker talks.  https://learn.wordpress.org/workshops/diverse-speaker-training/.  There are 5 videos on Learn already.

Would anyone like to rework these into our lesson plan format? We can keep these as drafts in our lesson plans and request review for grammar, instructional review, and also Jill to get eyes on. We have a reusable blockBlock Block is the abstract term used to describe units of markup that, composed together, form the content or layout of a webpage using the WordPress editor. The idea combines concepts of what in the past may have achieved with shortcodes, custom HTML, and embed discovery into a single consistent API and user experience. to convert to regular blocks as a starting point for writing these lessons. Watch the video and write a lesson plan based upon each. Jill has provided: 

1. Slides

2. Script

Additional lesson plans:

  1. Creating a .org profile https://learn.wordpress.org/?post_type=lesson-plan&p=1291&preview=true (needs review)
  2. Creating/joining 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/., orientation to channels and etiquette 
  3. Joining Get Involved teams

Draft status lessons: 

Review any lessons in “draft” status that does not refer to brands. Leave them as drafts for now but fix broken links, images, etc.

Lessons that refer to brands are generally avoided for now until the team regroups on mentioning brands… again. (We’ve had many chats on this, but can certainly aim for a way to help the participants while sorting out how we feature or refer to brands).

Done: Assessment Missing:

DONE: Formatting:

DONE: Broken Links:

TypeFromTo
Imagehttps://learn.wordpress.org/lesson-plan/troubleshooting-basics/https://make.wordpress.org/training/files/2014/10/dashboard-at-a-glance-update-1.png
Imagehttps://learn.wordpress.org/lesson-plan/troubleshooting-basics/https://make.wordpress.org/training/files/2014/10/dashboard-at-a-glance.png
Hyperlinkhttps://learn.wordpress.org/lesson-plan/regenerate-thumbnails/https://make.wordpress.org/training/files/2015/12/reg_ind.png
Hyperlinkhttps://learn.wordpress.org/lesson-plan/regenerate-thumbnails/https://make.wordpress.org/training/files/2015/12/Selection_056.png
Hyperlinkhttps://learn.wordpress.org/lesson-plan/regenerate-thumbnails/https://make.wordpress.org/training/files/2016/07/media_settings.png
Hyperlinkhttps://learn.wordpress.org/lesson-plan/dashboard-icons/https://make.wordpress.org/training/files/2014/10/portfolio_result.png
HTTPHTTP HTTP is an acronym for Hyper Text Transfer Protocol. HTTP is the underlying protocol used by the World Wide Web and this protocol defines how messages are formatted and transmitted, and what actions Web servers and browsers should take in response to various commands. Redirecthttps://learn.wordpress.org/lesson-plan/template-hierarchy/(opens%20in%20a%20new%20tab)https://learn.wordpress.org/lesson-plan/template-hierarchy/(opens%20in%20a%20new%20tab
Hyperlinkhttps://learn.wordpress.org/lesson-plan/dashboard-icons/https://make.wordpress.org/training/files/2014/10/portfolio_code2.png

DONE: Screenshots to be fixed:

Agenda for 26 November 2020

Please join us Fridays at 11:00 UTC in the #training 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 for our weekly meeting!

We are working on these high priority items for the full launch of the Learn website.

Today’s Agenda

  1. Welcome new people
  2. Learn siteLearn site The Training Team publishes its completed lesson plans at https://learn.wordpress.org/ which is often referred to as the "Learn" site. updates – High priority items to be fixed
  3. Sprint work sessions
  4. Standup/check-in
  5. Open announcements/discussion

You are welcome to join the team at any time! If you are new to the Training Team, please introduce yourself in the #training channel before the meeting (or anytime!) and feel free to join us in the meeting and participate as you are able.

Training Team Mission

The WordPress training team creates downloadable lesson plans and related materials for instructors to use in live environments.

Getting Involved

Everyone is welcome and encouraged to join in, comment on posts, and participate in meetings and on projects.

Team Links:

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Recap for Training Meeting November 20, 2020

Attendance: @courane01, @webtechpooja, @azhiyadev, @onealtr, @evarlese, @ibrahimkh41331, @chaion07 @meher

Meeting led by @courane01

Slack timestamp

Introduction and welcome to new contributors

Learn SiteLearn site The Training Team publishes its completed lesson plans at https://learn.wordpress.org/ which is often referred to as the "Learn" site. Updates

To fully launch Learn, marketing team and media comms have put out a call out for support on High priority items. They include small chunks for many people to contribute just a bit of time, such as fixing screenshots that are missing. The post links to tutorials on getting started.

At the moment we are without a great way to track contributions. There are tools for very thorough auditing and revision control in progress, as well as ideas on how best to track contributions to work like fixing screenshots but these are not yet ready. In the meantime, please note your contributions by commenting on the post, if you do note it 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/. make sure you reference the timestamp in the post.

  1. TaxonomyTaxonomy A taxonomy is a way to group things together. In WordPress, some common taxonomies are category, link, tag, or post format. https://codex.wordpress.org/Taxonomies#Default_Taxonomies.
    1. @azhiyadev who has removed the taxonomy from the main body of the content. Taxonomy is now visible on the right sidebarSidebar A sidebar in WordPress is referred to a widget-ready area used by WordPress themes to display information that is not a part of the main content. It is not always a vertical column on the side. It can be a horizontal rectangle below or above the content area, footer, header, or any where in the theme. and also in the lesson plan main page as a preview.
  2. Code Snippets Review
    1. @webtechpooja who has reviewed code snippets on several lesson plans this past week.
  3. Slides
    1. @courane01 has been reviewing where the team is in determining Learn MVPMinimum Viable Product "A minimum viable product (MVP) is a product with just enough features to satisfy early customers, and to provide feedback for future product development." - WikiPedia (minimum viable productMinimum Viable Product "A minimum viable product (MVP) is a product with just enough features to satisfy early customers, and to provide feedback for future product development." - WikiPedia) for a launch and found directions on how to display the slide presentations still in our old GitHubGitHub GitHub is a website that offers online implementation of git repositories that can can easily be shared, copied and modified by other developers. Public repositories are free to host, private repositories require a paid subscription. GitHub introduced the concept of the ‘pull request’ where code changes done in branches by contributors can be reviewed and discussed before being merged be the repository owner. https://github.com/ home.
    2. @jessecowens and @coreymckrill were very instrumental in getting this up and running. @jessecowens has been the training team repTeam Rep A Team Rep is a person who represents the Make WordPress team to the rest of the project, make sure issues are raised and addressed as needed, and coordinates cross-team efforts. for years and hopes to provide a more complete set of directions on how to do this. @coreymcrkill from the metaMeta Meta is a term that refers to the inside workings of a group. For us, this is the team that works on internal WordPress sites like WordCamp Central and Make WordPress. team was able to determine that the code and functionality for taxonomy are still available and could be added to the lesson plan editor.
    3. @courane01 will allocate some time to review all the GitHub repository and determine which slides are ready to be linked. There is a Slides Style Guide that can be used to determine if the content of the lesson plan is complete. The guide is a bit outdated but does document the team’s standards well. @courane01 will document what she finds as she reviews each plan. This is an example of a completed lesson plan with viewable slides https://learn.wordpress.org/lesson-plan/high-level-overview/ 
    4. We are still in discussions to standardise video workshops slide needs and updates will be posted to #training as more details arrive. The focus will be on getting the slides linked so they display. 
    5. @courane01 will put some thought into the download slides area. She will test this like a 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 that may be fairly new to WordPress themselves and looking for something to present to others. We need to consider providing clear directions somewhere for what to do when downloading.  She’ll dig back to see what the expected download is – the slides code files or a PDF. In the meantime, the display in the browser is achievable soon with some work.
  4. Update from @evarlese2 sprint working sessions announced
    1. @evarlese who has checked, updated and added images and alt text for 9 lesson plans.
    2. @evarlese and @camikaos are holding 2 sprints on December 1st  some sprint working sessions scheduled to help with the high priority items. These will run for 3-hours each. 
    3. Anyone is welcome to join and dedicated people will be available to help with questions (and likely access too) so we can get through as many of these tasks as possible.
    4. If anyone else is interested in running a sprint then @erica is happy to help and can add more times to the post.
  5. Coordination with #marketing for social media communications when Learn launches
    1. Marketing is working on communications around a full launch. @courane01 attended this week’s meeting to help clarify and provide more specific way others can contribute and/or use what is on Learn.
    2. Shout out to @meher, @chaion07 @oglekler @webcommsat for pulling the info together and getting it to a wider audience.

Standup Check In

  • @courane01 committed to screenshots.  She did not meet the goal due to several meetings and research around Learn functionality and MVP. She will focus on any needed meetings/research AND linking slides, documenting what “done” looks like for displaying in the browser.
  • @evarlese committed to updating screenshots and was able to get 9 done! She’s aiming to tackle one of the lesson plans that are “almost done” next week and/or spend some more time on screenshots.
  • @webtechpooja committed to code snippets review, and reviewed 5 lessons! She’ll finish code snippets review as much as she can this week and check about slide presentations.
  • @ibrahimkh41331 is aiming to start with updating screenshots.
  • @onealtr committed to helping with the screenshots last week, he did not meet the goal due to unexpected life changes. He will focus on the screenshots this week.

Open announcements/discussions

  1. Badges awarded
    1. @chetan200891 (one of our former team reps) shared that @webtechpooja was due a badge based on contributions made in GitHub, this has now been awarded.
  2. Update posted on https://make.wordpress.org/updates
    1. Updates are now happening again and available for other teams to read
  3. Additional weekly meeting
  4. Based on the recent poll the date selected is Tuesdays at 17:00 UTC beginning December 1. @onealtr will facilitate this meeting and @courane01 will support him with the kick-off.