Recap for Learn WordPress Working Group meeting – March 4, 2021

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Attendees: @_dorsvenabili, @daisyo, @paaljoachim, @azhiyadev, @evarlese

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Learn WordPress Handbook

  • The first draft of the Learn WordPress Handbook is published!
  • This Handbook focuses on how to contribute workshops, courses, and discussion groups to Learn WordPress.
  • The current draft is based on the feedback and contributions from the recent Learn WordPress Handbook sprint.
  • For next steps, we still need contributors who can help with reviewing the Handbook, especially:
    • Checking for any typos, errors, or inconsistencies.
    • Highlighting any material that is missing or unclear.
  • The Training team is also working on updating the Training Handbook, which focuses on lesson plan development.
    • For volunteers interested in helping to review and update the Training Handbook, please share a message in the #training Slack channel for access to the shared Google Doc.

Slides Plugin

  • The Training team has been exploring a possible plugin to help add slides functionality to Learn WordPress for lesson plans since moving lesson plans over from GitHubGitHub GitHub is a website that offers online implementation of git repositories that 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.
  • For the Training team, this would provide an accessible, open-source tool to help the team continue to add new slides and resources to lesson plans.
  • Requiring 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 for workshop-related slides may act as a barrier to contribution, but it could be added as a resource in the Learn WordPress Handbook to help workshop presenters with selecting tools (similar to how tools for recording workshops are shared).

Training’s March 2021 Sprint

  • The Training team is exploring the use of sprints for planning and has published the plan for March 2021.
  • For the Learn WordPress Working Group, there’s overlap for both teams in the “Sprint Team Functionality Goals” and “Sprint Functionality of Learn Goals.”
  • @evarlese also added a meta-learn Roadmap to the Learn WordPress Trello.
    • The functionality in the list is based on ideas shared in our brainstorming sessions from the beginning of the year, with some helpful input on priority and estimates from folks in #meta-learn.
    • This should help the teams to use this 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: board as a canonical resource for feature and functionality requests for Learn WordPress.

New course proposal

  • @daisyo shared a course idea on building a 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. theme and raised some questions about how best to approach submitting the idea, as the idea is to start with a lesson plan first, and later develop that into workshops.
  • For future course proposals, a proposal is to share/submit through the workshop application form and/or share with Training team members if there’s a lesson plan component.
  • For this course specifically, the goal is to write a recap, in the end, to highlight what works well and what’s needed in this process for future course proposals.

If there’s anything else you would like to see added to the notes, if you’d like to volunteer for or have thoughts on any of the action items, or if you’re interested in helping to facilitate or take notes for future meetings, please add a note in the comments or ask any questions in the Slack channel!

As a reminder, the Learn WordPress Working Group is a Community and Training cross-team working group that helps to organize discussion groups, review workshop content, and develop improvements to the Learn WordPress website.

New contributors are always welcome! If you’re interested in getting involved, check out the Learn WordPress Get Involved page, introduce yourself in the #training team channel, or join one of the upcoming working group meetings.