Recap for the Training Team Meeting – January 12, 2021

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Attendance: @azhiyadev, @paaljoachim, @jessplease, @carike, @onealtr, @manzwebdesigns

Upcoming team meetings

Open announcements/discussion

Featured Images in Lesson Plans

In terms of layout, we could use the top area of the lesson plan (before the content) for a featured imageFeatured image A featured image is the main image used on your blog archive page and is pulled when the post or page is shared on social media. The image can be used to display in widget areas on your site or in a summary list of posts.. We are okay with using: screenshots, slides, or a fallback image as the featured image, as well. For any, the ideal dimensions are 1200 x 628 to accommodate most social media platforms.

Featured images should be used for single lesson plans, but we can use thumbnails for archive pages in the future – @paaljoachim shared that the Query 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. may be helpful for this in the future.

We may want to consider translations and accessibilityAccessibility Accessibility (commonly shortened to a11y) refers to the design of products, devices, services, or environments for people with disabilities. The concept of accessible design ensures both “direct access” (i.e. unassisted) and “indirect access” meaning compatibility with a person’s assistive technology (for example, computer screen readers). ( in the future. For example, images with a lot of text may not be easily changed or translatable for other languages, but that will depend on how translations are implemented. For accessibility, @jessplease noted that input from the accessibility team would be helpful for alt text best practices so, for example, the title isn’t repeated twice.

Lesson Plan Format

Originally, lesson plans were written in a script style format, but that has since changed to an outline style. We need some help to review any lesson plans that are still in the script format and update them to the more current, outline style.

Training Team Handbook

We’re still in transition around some tools and processes and, as such, the Training Handbook is out-of-date. It would be helpful for folks to:

  • Spend time reading and drafting notes about what should be revised
  • What roles may the team need?
  • What can we learn from other team handbooks

If you’re interested, there’s a Google Doc in the team channel (not shared publicly to reduce spam edits) to collect thoughts and notes.


The Creating/Joining WordPress Slack, orientation to channels, and etiquette lesson plan is now live! Props to @geheren for writing, and @camikaos and @geoffgraham for reviewing 🎉

Learn WordPress has also been added to GlotPress/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. as a project for translation. Currently, translations do not have a way to show on the front end just yet, but there will be more planning to come in the next few days.

Action items

  • We can still use feedback and input on @carike‘s post regarding COPPA/children’s privacy on Learn and WordPress.
  • Uploading featured images (using the guidelines and dimensions shared above) to lesson plans.
  • Reviewing lesson plans to check: which lesson plans are still in the script format and helping to update lesson plans to the outline style.
  • Reviewing and providing feedback on the Training Handbook (the Google Doc is shared in the #training channel).