Recap for Training Team Meeting – February 2, 2021

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Agenda for the meeting.

Attendance: @courane01 @azhiyadev @webtechpooja @erica @onealtr @chaion07 @ashiquzzaman @ashiquzzaman @mukesh27 @rastaban @Carike @paaljoachim @webcommsat @nalininonstopnewsuk @meher @oglekler @lmurillom

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Meeting Recap

  1. Sprint kickoff – The training team wants to run this on a monthly basis and pick up a few items to focus on in the month of February. The following topics were picked based on discussion and the team needed help with –
    1. Lesson plans for WP 5.7
      1. Using blocks in a Post
      2. 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. Patterns
      3. Reusable Blocks
      4. Block directory
      5. Blocks in Widgets

@webcommsat and MegPhillips91 have been working on a block patterns workshop as part of the Questions and Answers on the Release, in feedback to the block patterns presentations to Meetups, and to tie in with Learn WordPress. Awaiting further discussions with Training on integrating this with a shorter version for the Learn WordPress platform and creating a lesson plans that will help tie all these resources together.

@paaljoachim suggested Reusable blocks are being worked on these days. The UIUI UI is an acronym for User Interface - the layout of the page the user interacts with. Think ‘how are they doing that’ and less about what they are doing. will likely have some changes. Blocks in Widgets are being worked on these days. Block directory I am not sure how ready it is for a tutorial and hinted at waiting for these three topics.

@courane01 mentioned that these lessons are worth shipping because there will be video workshops at the same time. The audit tool is being worked on, which will help track areas to compare updates vs releases. These features are in core and already available, so whatever state they are in, users can already access them. These lessons will keep the training team in-sync with the equivalent versions in the workshops. to which @paaljoachim agreed stating lessons can be updated with time. 

@azhiyadevauwa asked @paaljoachim to include these two in the list for 5.7:

  1. Setting up a local WP development environment
  2. Testing instructions for testing a TracTrac Trac is the place where contributors create issues for bugs or feature requests much like GitHub. ticket Patch.

@paaljoachim has done a tutorial for these was thinking of creating a lesson plan. He’s looking at the barrier for anyone submitting a new lesson. These blockers could be key learning points for improving the handbook.

  • Has made a new tutorial for setting up a local WP development Environment + testing instructions for testing a Trac ticket Patch
  • Made 2 videos, and will be creating a lesson plan for it.
  • Suggested having a section for ‘creating a lesson plan’ in the Lesson plan resources. He will write down the steps that he thinks should be added to the handbook.
  • Courtney agreed with @paaljoachim on the handbook revision. Also brought the point that to start writing a plan,  the team needs to decide what content is required. Then ask for volunteers to write the plan. That person then starts a draft on Learn WordPress. Reusable block has content. if your account needs access, pingPing The act of sending a very small amount of data to an end point. Ping is used in computer science to illicit a response from a target server to test it’s connection. Ping is also a term used by Slack users to @ someone or send them a direct message (DM). Users might say something along the lines of “Ping me when the meeting starts.” @azhiyadevauwa, @courane01, or @evarleseica they have a reusable block to use with pre-filled content on writing a lesson plan ready to go there.

But the problem – The training team traditionally goes through a process of volunteering for which topic to write via TrelloTrello Project management system using the concepts of boards and cards to organize tasks in a sane way. This is what the team uses for example:, then the person would fork the plan 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., pull requests to contribute back, etc. The training team is looking for ways to reduce as many obstacles for those less familiar with those tools, and GitHub is not actively in sync with Learn.

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. will have that audit/revision tool info available soon for the training team to know how all those features are possible without GitHub but until then @Hauwa will look at getting that part of the handbook updated or adding a post about it.

2. Slides – The training trying to figure out a solution for moving our Slides from GitHub onto Learn WP. Thanks to @Courtney who has come up with a solution. It now needs your help in testing this out

@ashiquzzaman and @Pooja Derashri have tested 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 Plugin Directory or can be cost-based plugin from a third-party. The plugin looks promising
@ashiquzzaman suggested:

  1. Improving the process of adding new slides.
  2. It’s to have a presentation template with few slides instead of a blank slate. It takes time to understand the settings and how to proceed with creating slides. Having a template will cut down this confusion.
  3. 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. should indicate the total number of slides the presentation has. Otherwise editing the slides becomes a boring & bland experience with a birds-eye overview.

@courane01 stated that the plugin has been used for Matt’s State of the Word address and can be found in .org repo . Notice that of the 2 contributors, one is the .org team itself. So that should help as far as submitting feature requests to it, like the weird behavior when adding a new slide.

@webtechpooja – suggested to update the plugin as the current plugin version was a year ago.

@courane01tney will submit a support ticket – asking it be tested against the current version of WP and another for the add slide (where the cursor lands)

3. Lesson plans for reformatting identified

The training team is still working on converting lesson plans to an outline format. Instructions on how to do this can be found in the handbook. The training team hopefully get through those by the end of the month.

4. Logistics on staying in line with releases –

The training team is looking at how we can stay in line with releases which at the moment are 4 a year. The proposal is:

  • Pull RC1 if not related to blocks and test
  • Check materials 2 business days before the release
  • Ship relevant plans with release party
  • Documenting procedures along the way

@webcommsat replied – we need to get together with the dev/ release group from marketing and others involved to see how we can work together on some of this, avoid duplication of effort, and create something even more user-focused.

@courane01 – Suggested the training team do a retro meeting at the end of the sprint, ensure that we followed these, and note any additional or alternative suggestions, and update our handbook documentation on this workflow.

Retro: a retrospective. Asking ourselves what worked well and what did not work well about the process. Any lesson plans that are not new features of the release can ship as soon as they’re complete.

5.  Plan March sprint with key stakeholders (Meta, Design, Marketing, etc.) –

@webcommsat update: The Questions and Answers on the Release has been some time in development and already working with the release squad, and been part of the discussions with training and Learn WordPress since the summer.

All that azhiyadevauwa addressed so far would be part of the sprint and goals for Feb. The upcoming items are not tied to a sprint but are quite crucial for overall flow.

6. Handbooks

  1. Training Team Handbook – I started looking at this again and findings/recommendations are being added to the google doc
  2. Learn WordPress Handbook — request for volunteers to help with this has gone out

If you want to help, please add your comments to the Training handbook doc and respond to the call for volunteers.

Celebrations: @paaljoachim has I have made a new tutorial for setting up a local WP development.

Open announcements/discussion

@webcommsat added a note on the block patterns lesson plan. @webcommsat, @courane01, @megphillips91 to discuss further and how to link in with the Questions and Answers, Learn WordPress and to support Meetups.

@webtechpooja will be representing #training at WordCamp India with support from @Hauwa on members of the Marketing Team.

This event is spread across 3 different weekends, with Feb 6-7 having a considerable focus on contributor dayContributor Day Contributor Days are standalone days, frequently held before or after WordCamps but they can also happen at any time. They are events where people get together to work on various areas of There are many teams that people can participate in, each with a different focus.

@Pooja Derashri – Super excited for WC India Contributor day, which is on 6-7 Feb 2021, please grab your ticket before ending, and come and join us

@carike has been rethinking the delivery of training, including cost of consumption.  Please spend some time reading through these suggestions and comments.  Add your feedback as well.  I was really interested to hear from Hari during WC India this past weekend on the bandwidth access, hotspotting, and devices used while coding.  We really want to be mindful in how we deliver the content from Learn to be as accessible to all as we possibly can.

@Carike also published post on protecting children’s privacy on WordPress through the lens of COPPA. Essentially, all of the .org project needs some thought and attention on materials that aim to be directly for youth, and to comply with the various localized laws around that.  Your comments on this are also most appreciated.

If you haven’t had a chance to read through the Learn WordPress Working Group meeting notes, do check those out as well.  So many great discussions during that meeting.

@courane01 stated – We kicked off having Tuesday and Friday meetings just a few weeks ago.  The Tuesday meetings are on the same agenda as Fridays.  As a result, it seems quite a few more folks have joined us on Tuesdays, while on Fridays, folks wander in a bit later.  That is okay.  Also, we’ve had holidays and many regulars participated in WordFest the other week.

We’re considering turning Friday 11UTC meetings more into an open office hour and working time.  If folks need help getting started, or want to be online together while working, using time for that.

@chaion07 stated – having an office hour for Friday makes more sense. @azhiyadev and @webtechpooja agreed as well.

@courane01 also said – Informally, we can kick on video conferencing during that time if it helps, though likely won’t just have a video running throughout.  If we’d like to plan for any 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). ( needs, I will learn how other teams do this really well.  At this time, we won’t have a set agenda to discuss other than to do whatever we’ve committed to for the week.

Both @webtechpooja and @chaion07 suggested having a virtual coffee break meeting or video conference once a month or bi-weekly can be effective as modelled by the Marketing Team throughout 2020. Possibly run a Show and Tell meeting on Zoom on the last Wednesday each month, which is something the Design Team has started doing.

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