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Training Team Meeting Agenda 17 January 2019

Please join us at 19:30 UTC in the #training Slack channel for our weekly meeting!

Today’s Agenda

  1. Handbook update
  2. Videos update
  3. Learn site design update
  4. Lesson plan assignments
  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:

Handbook Update

Work is well under way on the handbook overhaul. Unfortunately, I will not be as fully present in today’s meeting as I had hoped due to impending weather.

My personal organization for the handbook work is found at https://docs.google.com/document/d/1gA807bKaaFBOBcgBm2gqQGFkEj1JDCBaBdETILmMvnk/edit?usp=sharing.


The About page will be revised after other child-pages are completed to determine what is unique to this page and what can be linked to for more thorough details.

On the Who We Are page, the team leadership area needs a description. Please review https://make.wordpress.org/updates/team-reps/ regarding team organization. What “roles” do we want to share here beyond the 2 team reps?

Action item: who can write a paragraph or so about our team organization?


For the Contribute/Get Involved area, what is our preferred top-level page named? I like that the Docs team uses “Get Involved” https://make.wordpress.org/docs/handbook/get-involved/.

Also, some of the information here likely will duplicate About > What We Do https://make.wordpress.org/training/handbook/about/what-we-do/. How much text should duplicate vs linking to the other page?

Action item: What do we name this page?

On the Contributor Day page, a review for what information is still applicable/current would be appreciated.

In particular, the page states “Choose a card from the “Lesson Plan Backlog” list on the Trello board”. It looks like that has been reworked in Trello. Can that be updated and linked to specifically?

Action item: one person to revise the page with any more recent details. Change term of Backlog to appropriate linked Trello column.


The Guidelines page/section is awaiting @juliekuehl to revisit & revise.

Action item: Julie will revise or offer the task for another team member to complete.


Areas not yet worked on:

  1. What We’re Working On Now
  2. Learn WordPress site – top level page that describes that our work is presented on the Learn site with a link to it.
  3. Resources
  4. FAQ
  5. Old lessons (until Learn launches)

Notes on January 3, 2019 Meeting

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

Welcome and Meeting Outline

  1. Handbook Updates
    1. Revising the Style Guide
      1. Examples displayed should be relevant to Github formatting
      2. Slides style guide wasn’t functional as the slide display tool was discontinued. Suggest moving to https://pages.github.com/ . 
      3. @juliekuehl will update this page.
    2. Add tasks for semi-annual handbook updates to our team Trello board.
      1. 2 weeks before time changes begin, communicate about if the meeting moves times.
      2. Update a few places on the handbook displaying meeting times
      3. Update annual team goals
  2. Videos
    1. @jessecowens has been working on editing the atom video with some updates. He expects both the atom video and the one on slides to be complete by end of January
  3. Learn.WordPress.org
    1. The Design Team is still working on re-doing the design based on the recommendations of the meta team.
  4. Lesson Plans
    1. Regrouping about what lesson plans are in process next week to get more ready for the relaunch of the Learn site
    2. Possibly conduct a video meeting to brainstorm regrouping on lesson plans.
    3. Work with Kids Camps for workshop plans
    4. Repo Maintenance Labels for tagging lesson plans
      1. @courane01 will brainstorm ideas this week to be reviewed next week (January 10) and finalized on January 17.
      2. These will be part of the lesson plan submission process
    5. Meeting Wrap Up and Next Meeting Next meeting on 10 Jan 2019

#handbook, #slides, #videos

Training Team Meeting Agenda 3 January 2019 – Happy New Year!

Please join us at 19:30 UTC in the #training Slack channel for our weekly meeting!

Today’s Agenda

  1. Handbook update
  2. Learn site design update
  3. Lesson plan updates
  4. Workshop/lesson ideas
  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:

Notes on December 20, 2018 Meeting

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  1. Welcome and Meeting Outline
    1. @juliekuehl Welcomed everyone to the meeting and reviewed how the #Training team operates for the new comers and also touched on the outcome of 2018 and the projects accomplished. Julie also outlined the purpose of the meeting and asked about the goals for 2019.
    2. Link to the 2019 Goals post
    3. Suggestion for more videos on our YouTube channel from @fahim.
    4. @courtneyengle suggests:
      • Tag & categorize lesson plans by versions, themes, etc. in Github (digging back to the old Content Audit idea)
      • Purpose statement about videos on Youtube (target audience is those contributing to and accessing materials from the training team, not the end user to be trained)
      • Write guidelines for plugins created by an agency
      • On-boarding buddies
  2. @juliekuehl mentioned that the lesson plans follow Bloom’s Taxonomy (more info) and that there are needs for translating videos from WordPress.tv into lesson outlines.
  3. How to Contribute
    1. Look up projects on Trello.
    2. Review style guides available on our getting started page
    3. GitHub issues are listed out in Waffle.io 
  4. Comments about Gutenberg/5.0 and WCUS
    1. Suggestion on lesson for using 5.0 / differences between old editor and new editor.
    2. Newcomers to WordPress would not need lesson on legacy WordPress.
    3. @fahim links to Health Check Plugin
    4. @courtneyengle How to create a post lesson plan idea – reuse Comparing Classic Editor and Gutenberg for the tasks in creating a lesson plan. Create same plan using both modes.
  5. Meeting Wrap Up and Next Meeting
    1. Next meeting on 3 Jan 2019 and resuming the usual weekly schedule after that.

Training Team Meeting Agenda 20 December 2018 – Video!

The WordPress Training Team Meets by Video Today!

Please join us today at 19:30 UTC for a special video meeting by clicking here Zoom Meeting Link. If you have questions or have difficulties you can ask in the #training Slack channel.

Today’s Agenda

> > Team Goals for 2019 < <


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:

Time to Set Team Goals for 2019

It’s that time of year when we need to evaluate how we did against our goals for this year and make new goals for the upcoming year.

In 2018 our goals were to:

1. Create handbook
2. Move lesson plans to GitHub
3. Restructure make.wordpress.org/training
4. Fix broken images
5. Update lesson plans for 4.8-4.9/Gutenberg
6. Make workshop recommendations
7. Accessibility workshop

In fact, 2018 was a year where the team underwent a major restructuring of its tool and processes and we accomplished goals we hadn’t imagined when the year started. So our accomplishments for the year can be summed up as:

1. Create handbook (expected by the end of the year)
2. Move lesson plans to GitHub
3. Restructure make.wordpress.org/training
4. Fix broken images (perhaps not all are fixed, but moving to GitHub addressed the problem)
5. Make workshop recommendations
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6. Onboarding improvements including a PDF and videos
7. Team management on Trello and in Waffle.io
8. Creation of the https://wptrainingteam.github.io/ page
9. Work towards the relaunch of the learn.wordpress.org site including collaboration with the #design, #marketing, and #meta teams.

Goals that we didn’t quite accomplish include:

1. Update lesson plans for Gutenberg
2. Accessibility workshop

So, for 2019 what should our new goals be? I’d propose a couple to begin with:

1. Launch learn.wordpress.org
2. Create several lesson plans to combine into an accessibility workshop (the ARIA session from WordCamp US has caught my eye…)
3. Use resources from WordPress.tv more often as a basis for lesson plans
4. Collaborate with other efforts such as the diversity speaker training and Kids Camp to get their material available from the learn.wordpress.org site
5. Increase the number of regular contributors to the team

These all seem very do-able. What else should the team be working towards? What should we have for stretch goals? All comments and ideas welcome!

We’ll also be discussing this during our meeting this week. Everyone is invited to join in the discussion!!!

Training Team Meeting Agenda 13 December 2018

The WordPress Training Team Meets Today!

Please join us at 19:30 UTC in the #training Slack channel for our weekly meeting!

Today’s Agenda

  1. WordCamp US recap
  2. Exciting learn.wordpress.org update!
  3. Team to-dos updates
    • Team videos (@JesseOwens)
    • Updating the team’s Make Handbook (@courtneyengle and @JesseOwens)
  4. Lesson plan rethink
  5. Upcoming meetings schedule
  6. Goals for 2019
  7. 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:

WordCamp US 2018 Contributor Day

The Training team made a lot of progress at Contributor Day this weekend. We on-boarded several new members, completed several Trello Cards, and collaborated with the Design and Marketing teams to develop the plan for our front-end lesson plan site.

A photo of WordCamp US 2018 Contributor day. Image Credit to @harryjackson1221
WordCamp US 2018 Contributor Day. Image Credit @harryjackson1221

Call for Your Comments

One of the largest-scope discussions involved the development of our WordPress.org front-end site. Currently, our dedicated URL is learn.wordpress.org, but a proposal was made to change to teach.wordpress.org.

The reasoning behind the proposal is that our content is in fact focused on how to teach WordPress topics, rather than learning. We’d like to open the discussion on this since it will be a rather large change. Please make a comment on this post with your feedback on the proposal so that we can discuss it in our upcoming meetings.

GitHub Restructuring

As we collaborated with the Meta team with the goal of translating our Lesson Plans in GitHub to the front-end, we reached the conclusion that a restructuring of our repositories will be needed.

In order for the front-end to be most easily kept up-to-date, as well as provide a mechanism for a final editorial review before content is published, a new master repository will be created with individual lesson plans as submodules within it. This will allow our current workflow to remain mostly unchanged, and the Team Leads can perform an editorial review before pulling into the master repo. @jessecowens has volunteered to spearhead this project.

Contributors

We’d like to welcome all of the new contributors and recognize the experienced contributors who volunteered their Sunday to join the team! @rbailey10 @davidneeham @learnwithchloe @winternetweb @juliekuehl @jessecowens @davidbgreen @dabrattoli @sunsand187

Help Wanted

We’re still looking for folks who have the time and expertise for a few vital roles in the Training Team:

  • Taking notes from team meetings.
  • HTML- and CSS-proficient writers who can develop new Slide Decks for lesson plans.
  • Instructional designers or educators familiar with Bloom’s Taxonomy.
  • Wrangling the team’s style guide.

Priority Projects Moving into 2019

  1. Finish the copy and design of the learn.wordpress.org (or teach!) and deliver it to the Meta Team.
  2. Clean up the Training Team Handbook with the vision of creating a one-stop-shop for new contributors.
  3. Identify priority lesson plans to highlight on learn.wordpress.org when it goes live.

#training, #wordcamp, #wordcampus