Recap for Training Team meeting September 28 and 29, 2021

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The agenda for the meeting can be found here

Introductions and Welcome

In attendance: @binarygary @courane01 @rkohilakis @arasae @magicroundabout @peteringersoll @webtechpooja @webcommsat @onealtr @tantienhime @azhiyadev @ashiquzzaman @hughlashbrooke @westnz

Welcome to the following:


  1. The team is looking for contributors to help out as Welcome and Support Flow Wranglers. Please let us know if you are interested.
  2. Learner achievements for courses is still open for comments. The proposal is to enable learners to demonstrate what they have learnt on Learn. We’d love to get feedback from employers who may look at .org profiles when considering employment.
  3. Translation Days Sept 29 at 10:00 UTC at the time of writing the recap, this has now concluded. Training team hkosted a working session for LearnWP in conjunction with #polyglots Translator Day.
  4. Learn WordPress Needs Assement Results at the time of writing the recap, this has now concluded. This was a deep and comprehensive survey on the 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. of LearnWP.
  5. Should Learn WordPress contributors be GPL compliant? discussion on LearnWP is open for comments. There was a question by @webcommsat: what happens if a presenter changes their GPLGPL GPL is an acronym for GNU Public License. It is the standard license WordPress uses for Open Source licensing The GPL is a ‘copyleft’ license This means that derivative work can only be distributed under the same license terms. This is in distinction to permissive free software licenses, of which the BSD license and the MIT License are widely used examples. status or changes work environments? @hughlashbrooke mentioned that the assumption would be that they would follow WordCampWordCamp WordCamps are casual, locally-organized conferences covering everything related to WordPress. They're one of the places where the WordPress community comes together to teach one another what they’ve learned throughout the year and share the joy. Learn more. Speaker guidelines where if they were scheduled to speak but there were changes to their GPL compliance then they would be removed from the event. @webcommsat to add the question to the post for greater transparency.
  6. PROPOSAL: Ensuring high-quality video contributions to Learn WordPress is still open for comments. LearnWP content needs to be of high quality, but most people don’t often have access to expensive recording equipment and it’s unrealistic to expect everyone to match the video quality of those that do. Production quality must not be a blocker for those contributing their skills and knowledge to LearnWP. #marketing is working on a session about this at their meeting next week at 14:00 UTC, please feel free to join the discussion.
  7. Wordsmith work session#marketing has inquired on our request to consider terminology. The purpose would be to consider terms for global understanding of how those terms would translate into other languages. We are looking at a next week Wednesday during the 2pm UTC #marketing team meeting for a 20-30 minute Google Doc collaboration session.
  8. Preparing Learn for WordPress Updates – we now have a way to find and organize content and features that need to be updated, especially when WP coreCore Core is the set of software required to run WordPress. The Core Development Team builds WordPress. ships an update. @tantienhime has volunteered to organize the taxonomyTaxonomy A taxonomy is a way to group things together. In WordPress, some common taxonomies are category, link, tag, or post format. for the existing content on LearnWP. @courane01 has also reached out to #docs who have similar needs. Please let us know if you are also interested in contributing.
  9. Windows testers needed for dev testing environment@caseymilne has some draft setup guidelines for various types of setup options for local development but could use more testers to try different setups on Mac and Windows.
  10. WCUS Training Team presentation – our application was selected to present at WCUS. If you know any hiring managers in WordPress or devs who help plan the personal learning for their team, let them know about our talk. We go on at 20:45 UTC on Friday October 1, 2021 and we will share about the learner achievement proposals with a live Q&A afterwards. Come support @binarygary @courane01 @peteringersoll and @azhiyadev.
  11. Note there will be no Office or Coffee Hour this week due to WCUS.



  1. What did you commit to last week?
  2. What did you do?
  3. Any blockers?
  4. What will you do next week?


Mini-Sprint: we are integrating the work we are doing with the work the Instructional Designers are working on. We now have a few new Instructional Designers: @rkohilakis and @westnz

The following team members provided updates on where they are at with their commitments: @peteringersoll @rkohilakis @courane01 @arasae @magicroundabout @webcommsat @westnz @hughlashbrooke

We have a few lesson plans ready to be created.

  1. Site Backup
  2. Migrate, Copy, or Clone a Site @arasae may be able to work on this one.
  3. Introduction to Gutenberg @webcommsat suggested @bobbingwide might be able to help with this one. This relates to the GutenbergGutenberg The Gutenberg project is the new Editor Interface for WordPress. The editor improves the process and experience of creating new content, making writing rich content much simpler. It uses ‘blocks’ to add richness rather than shortcodes, custom HTML etc. 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. @peteringersoll may work on this as well.

The team had a Zoom session to go through some questions on how to use the Training Team Trello board.

Drafts in Progress

There hasn’t been much progress on these lesson plans, but @courane01 did connect with a dev with Windows for the needed testing

Courses – there has been a lot of progress as mentioned during the Check-in.

This month saw a lot of proposals, big decisions, and onboarding.

October planning:

  • @arasae drafting a proposal on how to create a lesson plan and test it out in November
  • @rkohilakis convert existing workshops into lesson plans – at least once a week
  • Include published workshops in Sprint planning and 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 updates for #marketing
  • Open up a thorough review of content we had to unpublish until the brand guidelines were in place, ensuring no revisionsRevisions The WordPress revisions system stores a record of each saved draft or published update. The revision system allows you to see what changes were made in each revision by dragging a slider (or using the Next/Previous buttons). The display indicates what has changed in each revision. are needed, and taking a lot of lessons live

Open Discussions

Slides Plugin – as a team, we included Google Slides as a “better than nothing” option, but a few folks have begun stepping forward interested in contributing as developers to code.  We’ve found something that from test runs is 99% of the way there, and are inquiring how to unblock progress while not placing a burden upon the 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. team to maintain in general.

@binarygary @alexstine and @danilong to collaborate on reviewing the plugin, 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). ( concerns and identifying what is needed to fix the bug and the maintenance overhead.

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