Training Team Meeting Recap – 23rd May 2024

This meeting followed this meeting agenda in GitHub. You can see conversations from the meeting in this Slack Log. (If you don’t have a SlackSlack Slack is a Collaborative Group Chat Platform The WordPress community has its own Slack Channel at account, you can set one up.)

Introductions and Welcome

There were 21 attendees @lada7042, @piyopiyofox, @jagirbahesh, @west7, @zeelthakkar, @pooja9712, @bsanevans, @sierratr (async), @freewebmentor (async), @sumitsingh (async), @devmuhib (async), @voboghure (async), @rcreators (async), @onealtr (async), @ironnysh (async), @digitalchild (async), @cnormandigital (async), @psykro (async), @zoonini (async), @askdesign (async)

Welcome, to all the new contributors who joined the Training Team’s Slack channel in the last week:

@vkuberan, @lamarajan, @Vineet Singh, @Sharon

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Meeting Note Takers

May 23 – @Zeel Thakkar
May 30 – @jagirbahesh
June 6 – @speedyprem
June 13 – @Zeel Thakkar

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Looking for feedback

  • Would love everyone’s feedback with the introduction of the Learning Pathways.
    • What content are we obligated to leave on Learn? Ex. Classic editor
    • Until what version do we need to support?

@bsanevans suggests revisiting Learning Pathways annually to ensure they remain current. He believes that content irrelevant to the 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. Editor should be removed, noting that the classic editor was removed from the coreCore Core is the set of software required to run WordPress. The Core Development Team builds WordPress. over five years ago. By reviewing WordPress version usage stats, and focusing on content for versions 6.4 and 6.5, which cover over 70% of installs, we can keep Learn up to date with the majority of use cases.

@psykro suggests yearly updates for Learning Pathways and every six months for newer features like the Site Editor and Interactivity APIAPI An API or Application Programming Interface is a software intermediary that allows programs to interact with each other and share data in limited, clearly defined ways. until they stabilize. He agrees that content related to features removed from the core should be removed. For WordPress versions, he proposes using a 5% usage baseline to determine content support, ensuring we cover versions 6.4 and 6.5 but also older versions if their usage exceeds 5%.

  • Training’s 2024 goals – we asked this question last week and didn’t get any feedback. I added a multiple-choice option if that is easier.
    • We’d like to send out a survey to the 10,000+ members of the Online Workshop group to get their input. What do folks think about these three questions?
    • What is currently working well with Online Workshops?
    • What would you like to see changed with Online Workshops?
    • Do you have any suggestions for future Online Workshop topics?

Looking for volunteers

Updates from last week’s dev-squad triage session

Last week’s Dev squad session was postponed by a week due to member unavailability. With no new bugs or PRs to triage, the focus was on reviewing and testing open PRs.

We invite developers familiar with the Learn WordPress codebase to help us finalize these PRs.

Other News

  • Learn redesign update:
    • From @adamwood This week we made good progress, finalizing some technical decisions and shipping some important pieces:
    • The Learning Pathway taxonomyTaxonomy A taxonomy is a way to group things together. In WordPress, some common taxonomies are category, link, tag, or post format. was created, allowing Courses to be classified as one of 4 Learning Pathways (designer, user, developer, contributor), and thereby be included on the new home page and taxonomy pages.
    • The Online Workshops page

As part of the Learn Redesign project, content types on Learn are getting streamlined. With the Lesson content type becoming the focus of Learn, the Lesson Plan and Tutorial handbook pages have been moved to under the Resources section in the handbook.

Come and Contribute

Today we are focusing on Topics awaiting vetting

  • See Vetting Topic Ideas for step-by-step guidance on vetting topic ideas.
  • We have 31 issues that require vetting

Contribution Acknowledgement

  • Badges awarded:
  • Props: @Jamie Madden@sumitsingh@devmuhib, @jagirbahesh for WordCamp Europe 2024 Contributor Day volunteering.
  • Props: @Prem Tiwari has joined our team as an Administrator and Content Creator. With his expertise in 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 and knowledge of 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. Blocks, he aims to assist in training team members.
  • Props: @Emmanuel for reviewing his first pieces of content.
  • props: @magicroundabout for his excellent reviews of some of my recent lessons.

Project Updates

As we near the tentative launch date of July 2024, we need volunteers to help with creating a marketing campaign for Learning Pathways. @abhanonstopnewsuk volunteered last week, and it would be great if we could have another 2 people or so join. Please comment in this thread if you’d like to help out 

@abhanonstopnewsuk would like your input to help clarify what to focus on. Here is the Slack conversation.

Faculty Updates

  • What have you been working on and how has it been going?

    @west7 creating lessons for the Intermediate learning pathway. Making steady progress.

    @bsanevans has been launching the second course cohort with 17 participants and great engagement. @Jonathan had a successful call with them last week.

    @cnromandigital is still working on the Intermediate Theme Dev LP: she just released 3 Template videos and working on publishing 5 lessons in the Global Settings and Styles module.

    @Jonathan is working with @cnromandigital on Intermediate Theme Developer lessons. It’s been fun to switch my mind to themes for a bit.

    @Kathryn Presner has been co-facilitating the second-course cohort with @bsanevans and @Jonathan. They are preparing for next week’s Guide program workshop and planning June’s workshop on the new Video Best Practices handbook with @west7. She is also volunteering for marketing efforts around the new Learn siteLearn site The Training Team publishes its completed lesson plans at which is often referred to as the "Learn" site. and finalizing the video thumbnail generator for team use.

    @lada7042 is recording lessons for the intermediate learning pathways and preparing a presentation for next week’s WordCamp Montclair.
  • Is there anything you’ve accomplished within WordPress or in your personal life?

    @Jonathan has exciting news — WordCamp Cape Town is happening! Check it out at WordCamp Cape Town 2024.
  • Do you have any blockers?

    @west7 need some scripts to be reviewed.
  • Can other Faculty or Training Team members help you in some way? Please reach out to the team reps @lada7042@piyopiyofox, @bsanevans or any of the other members for help. That is what is awesome about this community.

Open Discussions

You can see all meetings scheduled on this meeting calendar. If you are new to the Training Team, then come walk through our onboarding program to get to know the team and how we work. And if you have questions, feel free to reach out in the #training Slack channel at any time.

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