Recap for Training Team Meeting November 16, 2021

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The agenda for the meeting can be found here

Introductions and Welcome

In attendance: @azhiyadev @courane01 @rkohilakis @boogah @peteringersoll @Webtechpooja @onealtr  @kemmy99 @tantienhime

Welcoming the newcomers joining the team (Slack usernames): @Dimitri Nakos @Jitin @davexpression @Luis Rieke @Arif_me


Welcome and Help Scout Wranglers: We are still looking for team members interested in managing account access to Learn/Training team sites, and answering any questions for new people. This could also include helping new team members draft meeting recaps, pointing them to specific content in the handbook, and more.

Meeting Note Takers

  1. November 16 – @Makinde Ruth Oluwakemi  – Today
  2. November 23 – @ashiquzzaman  
  3. November 30 – @Femy  

We are looking for note-takers for December, Interested? Let us know!


Dec 21: Webtechpooja

Documentation for faculty program with Automattic – Automattic hosted a focused Documentation Sprint from 10 – 12 November 2021. Thanks to everyone that got involved, a lot of documentation was written. Progress report on what has been published is available in this Google doc (please refer to Slack for access).

Request: New Social Learning Slack channel
Discussion groups have been renamed to Social Learning with events called Social Learning Spaces (SLS). The SLS will also be managed by the Training team, previously this was managed by the Community team in #community-eventsFrom Hugh
“This new channel would be reserved for these live, synchronous events and nothing else – it means that all attendees would need to join Slack in order to take part.”
The request will be open for feedback until Friday, 19 November at 2 AM UTC

Nominations for Training Team Reps 2022
Nominations will close tomorrow, November 17, 2021 at 12:00 UTC. Please add your nominations as a comment on this post. You can nominate yourself or someone else if you think they are a great fit. We will review the nominations at our team meeting on November 23, 2021. If there are more than 3 nominations, we will organize a poll to select the Team RepTeam Rep A Team Rep is a person who represents the Make WordPress team to the rest of the project, make sure issues are raised and addressed as needed, and coordinates cross-team efforts.

 Team Goal Setting 2022It has been a few years since we last set goals for the year ahead. We want to start doing this again and we will have a planning session on December 7 at 7 PM UTC. Reach out to @Hugh Lashbrooke if you want an invite. Timezones are tricky, would recording the session then making it available for others to comment on be useful for those who are unable to attend? We would also need to think about how to make this accessible.


For those of you that are new here, we are using the Sprint methodology to track our work on a monthly basis.

November Sprint

Current Progress: We now have different sidebars for the content on Learn. You will notice this when you look at Workshops and Lesson Plans. All content on Learn shows the creative commons licence. This is also displayed in the 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..

@Courtney has started compiling what we as a team need to update on Learn for

Checks In

Last week’s check-in:


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


I was MIA for a bit.
Committing to getting back in.
Projects, life, and general time management were the blockers. 


  1. Finish compiling content for FSE user-facing course
  2. Ugh, almost finished compiling content. 
  3. I had a week long work meeting last week that was fantastic, but definitely feel behind on the course now.  FSE is a big topic and I’m struggling seeing where a user should be taking off.  I keep going back and forth on my outline.
  4. Finish Needs Analysis Canvas today, Move on to Learning Objectives for course, and finish outline.  Start making it into an actual course!


1. Volunteered for meeting recap notes 

2. I worked on a meeting recap last week.
3. I volunteered for an advanced 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 development course, but time is the only blocker.
 4. Will definitely start preparing the outline in the upcoming days for this


  1. I was going to work on the Documentation Sprint but something else came up
  2. I have started looking at the branded lesson plans that we could potentially publish
  3. Time, much like everyone else
  4. Work on the lesson plans currently in Audit


  1. Committed to work on documentation in the sprint
  2. Shipped a lesson plan about lesson plans that is ready to be reviewed for instructional design and  participated in the docs sprint by locating existing resources, rounding up content to be updated for 5.9
  3. No
  4. Publish the list of all content for updating to WP 5.9, submit a lesson plan & workshop proposal on differences between reusable blocks, 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, and template parts. Explore team goal setting methods. Test managing projects in 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.

Open Discussions


Don’t forget to take the Annual WordPress Survey. In the past few years not that many people have filled it out and we need you to complete the survey in order to help the project.

State of the Word will be held on the 14th of December. It will finish right around the time our meeting starts so we may shift the meeting that week. We could also hold a Watch Party. We will get back to you.

@boogah noted that the meetings are showing up on the Make WordPress meeting calendar as happening at 8 am: @courane01 will update.

@courane01 mentioned that after our Goal Setting, we hope to write an Epic, a larger project management approach to the scope for the Learn siteLearn site The Training Team publishes its completed lesson plans at which is often referred to as the "Learn" site. functionality soon after. This should be a more comprehensive approach that will help devs contribute to building out the site for improving learning.

@courane01 – in fun news, help raise funds for :orange_heart: Big Orange Heart.  Nominate yourself or someone else for the WP Builds WordPress Awards 2021.

@courane01: plans to run through the latest call for testing for FSE in a zoom room and send in feedback

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