Discussion: Defining Active and Engaged Faculty

TL;DR: We need your insights and perspectives! The Training Team is seeking your input to help define what makes an active and engaged Faculty member.

As you may already know, the Training Team Faculty is a team of dedicated volunteers who work to achieve the goals of the Training Team and the Learn WordPress platform. The expertise and guidance of Faculty members fuel the growth and development of our fellow contributors and learners in our community. If you’d like to read more details about what Faculty members do, you can review the Faculty handbook page, Areas of Responsibility.

Our goal is to identify and distinguish active and engaged Faculty members in order to better evaluate the engagement and participation within the Faculty program. By establishing standards for what defines an active and engaged Faculty member, we can assess the need for any necessary updates to the program. This is important to help ensure the continued growth and success of the Training Team.

What defines an active and engaged Faculty member?

To get the discussion started, below are a few preliminary thoughts we’ve gathered on what it means to be an active Faculty member. These initial ideas are by no means definitive and are open to discussion.

  1. Regular participation in Training Team meetings: Active Faculty members make it a priority to attend Training Team meetings, whether synchronously or asynchronously, at least once a month.
  2. Engaged communication: They actively contribute to Faculty member update threads during Training Team meetings, ensuring they stay informed and connected.
  3. Prompt responsiveness: Active Faculty members respond to role-specific SlackSlack Slack is a Collaborative Group Chat Platform https://slack.com/. The WordPress community has its own Slack Channel at https://make.wordpress.org/chat/. group pings at least once a month, demonstrating their commitment to collaboration and support.
  4. Role-specific activities:
    1. Administrators: Actively contribute to the Training Team’s Help Scout or the Learn 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. https://github.com/ repository within the past month.
    2. Content creators: Actively contribute to various content-related tasks—such as writing, recording, editing, or facilitating—within the past month.
    3. Editors: Lend their expertise to the editing process by collaborating with Content Creators and Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) within the past month.
    4. Subject Matter Experts (SMEs): Actively provide their specialized knowledge by collaborating with Content Creators and Editors in the past month.
    5. Translation Coordinators: Actively contributing to translation efforts within the past month, including working closely with Content Translators.

Let’s hear from you!

Please post in the comments what you think can define an active and engaged Faculty member. Thank you for your input!

Thank you to @bsanevans for reviewing this post.