Recap of February 23, 2016 Meeting

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  1. Welcome
  2. Priority plan updates
    1. @skarjune is done with the Managing Menus plan and @c3zh will  copyedit this plan.
    2. @mikemueller made some changes to the Managing Media lesson plan and @bethsoderberg copyedited it. It is ready for testing!
    3. @melindahelt is now set up to work on the Choosing and Installing Themes lesson plan.
    4. @bethsoderberg is finished with the narrative part of the Managing Updates lesson plan and needs to do the exercises and quiz. She promised to send this lesson to @meaganhanes for copyediting on Thursday.
    5. @skarjune will work on the Categories vs Tags lesson plan this coming week.
  3. Other lesson plan updates
    1. @c3zh submitted feedback for the Intro to CSSCSS CSS is an acronym for cascading style sheets. This is what controls the design or look and feel of a site. lesson plan that she tested. She found one point in the lesson that didn’t work as expected: “We did it for 90 minutes and were in the middle of the last exercise, and we weren’t seeing things that the instructions said should be there and time was up so we stopped.”
    2. @courtneyengle is taking a lot of the lesson plans and adapting them for a high school classroom that she’s teaching in this semester. As she’s doing that she’s coming across all sorts of feedback and is occasionally able to help us fill in some of the gaps. Most recently she’s volunteered to flesh out the “how to create a static homepage” plan.
  4. Welcome message draft
    1. Last week we spent some time talking about our welcome message, which is what we send to people who are new to our chat meetings for the first time. Since last meeting a few folks have gone in and edited the initial draft and added the list of jargon terms that we want to make sure are defined. This week, the all team members who were present voted unanimously to start using the new welcome message.
  5. Description vs objective section of lesson plans
    1. @juliekuehl noticed that the description of the plan she wanted to use this past week (Basic WordPress Concepts) wasn’t written in a way where it could easily be repurposed for a workshop description, so she rewrote it to make it more descriptive.
    2. We had a discussion about how our descriptions need to be something that can be used in an invitation for a meetupMeetup All local/regional gatherings that are officially a part of the WordPress world but are not WordCamps are organized through 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 will help you find options in your area. or event, so we need to review to make sure that the descriptions do that.
    3. We also discussed the need for objectives to use Bloom’s taxonomy of verbs (pdf)
    4. We decided that we will follow up on these tasks with the following action items:
      1. Looking at the descriptions of plans that are listed as ready to test to see if the descriptions are actually descriptive. (@toniaslimm is taking a look this week)
      2. Looking at the same plans to make sure they contain a list of objectives that are phrased with action verbs. (@toniaslimm is taking a look this week)
      3. Add Bloom’s taxonomy of verbs (pdf) reference to style guide.
      4. Include an instructional design review as part of the copyediting process, which will require the copyeditors to learn what to look for.
    5. Long term, copyeditors need to get up to speed to look out for issues with descriptions and also proper objective statements during copyediting.
  6. Copyediting checklist
    1. We discussed the idea of a copyediting checklist again and all seemed to agree that it’s a good idea to have a checklist for authors to go through before they submit their plans for copyediting and for copyeditors to reference while editing.
    2. Any ideas of items that should be added to the copyediting checklist should be added as comments to the existing post on the subject.
  7. Other updates
    1. @courtneyengle instructed the managing media lesson while the meeting happened and will send feedback shortly.
    2. @skarjune reported that 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. Mpls has launched Foundation Friday on web & tix are moving. Waiting to get feedback on how the training day went at WordCamp Miami last week.
    3. @juliekuehl might be able to test the Basic WordPress Concepts lesson plan this week.