August 16 Notes

Hello Team! These are the illustrated and partially transcribed meeting notes I took, clustered into small topic categories as per the organic discussion we had. Please refer to our recording of the meeting or comment below for elaboration on any of these points.

Notes of August 16th Meeting, Page 1

  • Audience and Purpose weren’t explicitly clear to all team members – an opportunity exists to craft and communicate our mission statement.
  • Josepha’s dream is to one day move our knowledge base to somewhere like “ 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.
  • Making these Lesson Plans (“LP” in the notes) accessible for workshops at WordCamps, and using our site to help promote these, falls in line with our mission to “democratize learning“!

August 16 Notes Page 2

  • The Tiered Structure we used for the past months of development doesn’t offer the flexibility we need anymore – let’s migrate to clusters of information instead.
  • Indefinite hold on creating LPs for Plugins due to inadvertedly recommending based on qualitative, not quantatative information. Existing LPs are helpful and will be retooled as needed.
  • Instead, we shall resume focus on Theme LPs. Please chime in on #training if you’d like to write a plan.
  • Please read @mindsize’s post about Developer Courseware and leave a comment during the next few days with your thoughts!
  • Our website needs re-engineering and re-archtecting! Please read @bethsoderberg’s post about our Website. The main purpose is to separate the Training Community from the LPs and resources we create for wide consumption. As a side note, we do not have a Handbook as other teams do because we have used it to house our knowledgebank – we should strive to get 2 handbooks as a simple solution while we re-architect the site and contemplate a move to

Notes of August 16th Meeting, Page 3

  • Micro Discussion about Certifications – Our official position is NO, we do not offer certifications. However, there CAN and SHOULD be a discussion about offering Badges for the various LP clusters and workshops made using these LPs! We may be able to offer these similar to how Make team members get badges on their profile. I encourage someone to start this discussion here!
  • Beth brought up having Quarterly Training for Copyediting. I think that’s great! We could also have a Quarterly Feedback LoopLoop The Loop is PHP code used by WordPress to display posts. Using The Loop, WordPress processes each post to be displayed on the current page, and formats it according to how it matches specified criteria within The Loop tags. Any HTML or PHP code in the Loop will be processed on each post. (ideally faster) to ensure we are actioning all of our incoming information (LP feedback, outreach to new members, etc).
  • Quick note regarding our scope: These LPs are not tailored for self learning, they’re created for teachers to give workshops to a number of students. However, self learners are always welcome to leverage this knowledge.
  • Here’s a draft of a Plan of Action:
    • One week to read and comment on our recent blog posts, this one included
    • Then we begin corralling our ideas about the new site architecture, “just like we do for our design clients”, collaboratively deciding how to reshape our site for maximum success
    • Then we coordinate to make this happen – @meaganhanes is happy to help wrangle the admin side of things
    • Throughout this, members can continue to write and copyedit Lesson Plans (Theme LPs, Dev Track LPs) as well as new website content we may need!