Recap for Training Team meeting July 20, 2021

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The agenda for the meeting can be found here

Introductions and Welcome

Attendance: @azhiyadev @courane01 @webtechpooja @Arasae @mburridge @JuanMa @femkreations @meganmclaughlin9487 @peteringersoll

Welcome: @Michael Burridge @daniel @Tomás @Reyes Martínez


WordFest Live is coming up.  We’ve got quite a few people from our team that will be participating in some capacity.  @azhiyadev @meher @webtechpooja and others, including some folks that contributed quite a bit ago to the team. @courane01 will be there with her work colleagues in the sponsor area.

No Office Hour this Friday. Join us at WordFest.

2.2 Auditing update

  1. As #docs and training team know well, wrangling all the content that needs to be updates when a release happens is a huge undertaking.
  2. We have proposed an audit tool (a custom 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 to use on .org sites)
  3. @azhiyadev and @courane01 have begun work digging through our team’s 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 on how we maintain all the content on Learn. Check Here, the stages of content.
  4. We need help appending all the new articles from #docs to the related Trello cards. This serves as research for whomever writes the lesson plan or creates the workshop video.
    We also need help writing objective statements.  These are the expected learning outcomes.  @cousett did an amazing job with a few, but we need a few more queued up to put lesson plans into the next column “You can help”.  The “You can help” column means all the research and prep work is done and the lesson plan is ready to be drafted.
    We hope to track this all one day directly inside Learn to make the new contributor experience less intimidating. That audit tool will sure help.
  5. To see the new topics based upon this release, view the bottom of the “lesson plan and workshop ideas” column
  6.  #fse-outreach-experiment will continue to have calls for testing.


Check July Sprint

In the Sprint functionality goals:

  1. Slides plugin – @Hugh Lashbrooke agrees this is a need for Learn.  Also seeing dev contributors on Learn help us with this.
  2. Print friendly style sheets on lesson plans. Meetups are encouraged to use our lesson plan when seeking topics to present.  These don’t convert to PDFs well at this time. Ex:
  3. There’s a UXUX UX is an acronym for User Experience - the way the user uses the UI. Think ‘what they are doing’ and less about how they do it. audit underway,  funded by Automattic. The agency conducting the audit focuses on learning management systems, so this will be super focused in on our goals. @Michael Burridge, this is what @courane01 referred to in #docs.
  4. with that we have a proposal to redo the entry into lesson plans
    Ultimately, we’ll want to consider the journey through all of Learn. Learn will include: lesson plans, workshops, workshop discussion groups, and courses.

Sprint Training team goals:

  1. We work with @Hugh Lashbrooke and the incoming instructional designers (sponsored by Automattic) to get some wording on Learn similar to WPTV about creative commons/gpl licensing, how we mention brands and when we pick whatever plugin/theme/tool to show in our content, etc.
  2. We did audit the Trello (thanks @azhiyadev)
  3. Retro: we will do this as the first meeting in Aug wrapping up July’s work and looking ahead to Aug work.

Open Discussions

So much discussion happened here, some questions and answers I am trying to summarize here:

@JunaMa was struggling in understanding the Trello board, which @courane01 guided towards.

@michaelBurridge asked, Is the purpose of to provide materials for trainers to deliver talks/workshops/sessions, etc. such as lesson plans, rather than to provide learning materials that newcomers to WordPress can use directly, such as step-by-step tutorials, learning curriculums, etc..?

On which @courane01 replied:   It’s both. The training team began as a way to provide materials to trainers, so 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. organizers and others could use our info. We hope to have a lesson plan first that helps a workshop presenter know the scope of what to include and accounts for all the teacher-type stuff like objective statements, assessment (quiz) questions, etc.
The lesson plans provide a review of all the materials needed as well.
Then workshop videos show “how-to” and discussion groups are there for people to interact in real-time, often Zoom.
We’re working toward fully-formed courses. There are a few in trial phases now on Learn. Polyglots launched one that onboards people to the Polyglots teamPolyglots Team Polyglots Team is a group of multilingual translators who work on translating plugins, themes, documentation, and front-facing marketing copy.

@courane01 shared High-Level Roadmap

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