Project Thread: Content Localization Foundations

Project Overview

  • This project thread expands upon our Project Proposal: Content Localization and seeks to outline the tasks we aim to complete to accomplish the project’s goals to increase and expand availability of content on Learn WordPress to a variety of non-English locales by:
  • Creating new non-English, and translating existing content in the form of:
    • Online Workshops
    • Lesson Plans
    • Tutorials
  • Increasing non-English locale representation in the Online Workshop MeetupMeetup All local/regional gatherings that are officially a part of the WordPress world but are not WordCamps are organized through https://www.meetup.com/. 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 meetup.com will help you find options in your area. Group
  • Increasing non-English locale representation in the Training Team
  • Engaging with and bringing in more non-English locales into the Learn WordPress community

By the end of this project, the Training Team will have a repeatable process in place to increase and expand availability of non-English content on Learn WordPress. 

This project is the first phase of a two-phased initiative. The second initiative will consist of metrics gathering and maintenance of a steady flow of multilingual educational content on Learn WordPress.

The initial proposal for this project can be read here.

Project Members

Project lead: @piyopiyofox

Please view our list of project members here.

Want to volunteer to help with this project? Please comment on this post!

Project Timeline

Start: November 7, 2022

End: March 31, 2023

Project Objectives

In order to achieve the above mentioned goals and ensure the success of this project, we will need to focus our efforts on the following objectives:

  • Establish the Locale Ambassador role
  • Enlist at least five Locale Ambassadors 
  • Create a workflow of onboarding and how-to guides that take folks through the journey of joining the Training Team to publishing localized content
  • Bring in at least two new Training Team Members from the following locale communities: Spanish, Japanese, German, French, and Italian (These five languages are a starting point based on the most used languages in the WordPress.org stats page, and are meant to be a starting point and not a decisive list)
  • Have localized content show first on the Learn WordPress homepage when someone visits the page in their native locale
  • Translate 10 priority learning content into each target language (Inclusive of Lesson Plans, and Tutorials)

A Locale Ambassador is someone who bridges their local community and the Training Team through various initiatives such as, but not limited to: bringing contributors into the Training Team, onboarding contributors to the Training Team’s processes and providing language support, creating localized content.

Tasks

The tasks listed here have been separated by categorical work buckets.

Planning

Tasks in this section scope out project parameters and requirements for the success of this project.

  • Recruit project members

Deadline: Nov 30, 2022

  • Identify 10 priority learning content for translation
  • Create a checklist for each locale inclusive of documentation and learning content needing translation

Documentation

Tasks in this section focus on the creation of onboarding and how-to handbook pages and posts that need to be created to support this work.

Deadline: Jan 20, 2023

  • Being a Locale Ambassador
  • Translating a Tutorial
  • Translating a Lesson Plan
  • Advertising Learn Content to your local community
  • Engaging the Marketing Team for publication of new locale content on Twitter
  • Engaging the Polyglots TeamPolyglots Team Polyglots Team is a group of multilingual translators who work on translating plugins, themes, documentation, and front-facing marketing copy. https://make.wordpress.org/polyglots/teams/. for translation assistance
  • Engaging your local community regarding joining Learn WordPress
  • Bringing in Online Workshop Contributors from non-English locales
  • Recruiting Locale Ambassadors
  • Translate the Tutorial Handbook pages into target languages
  • Translate the Lesson Plan Handbook pages into target languages
  • Translate the Become an Online Workshop Facilitator or Tutorial Presenter Today! Post into target languages

Content Creation

Tasks in this section focus on the creation of learning content prioritized for this project.

Deadline: Mar 31, 2023

  • Translate identified Lesson Plans in target locales
  • Translate identified Tutorials in target locales

Development

Tasks in this section center around work that will require a developer to implement.

Deadline: Nov 30, 2022

  • Enable locale tagging for Courses, Tutorials, and Online Workshops

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Project Thread: Individual Learning Survey for the Needs Analysis

Project Overview

The Training team is seeking to create a needs analysis document to help determine the most high-impact resources to provide on Learn WordPress. The Learning Needs Analysis project outlines foundational work required to assess the community’s learning needs and includes the Individual Learner Survey that launched in September 2022 which will guide us in our data analysis.

Please see the post Project Overview: Learning Needs Analysis for a more in-depth background and overview. This project thread seeks to outline the tasks we aim to complete to accomplish the project’s objectives.

Note that this is a foundational project. While we won’t be able to capture all the data, there is a possibility to iterate upon and run this project again in the future.

Project Members: Call for Volunteers

Project lead: @west7

This project is in need of more project members. Please comment on this post if you are interested in helping out!

Project Timeline

Start: January 2023

End: April 2023

Project Objectives

  • Gather data from the community to determine their WordPress learning needs.
  • Analyze the gathered data to formulate an action plan for the resources on Learn WordPress.
  • Establish a set of standards for instructional content on Learn WordPress.

Tasks

Planning

  • Recruit project members
  • Determine respondent pool goal
  • Discuss survey marketing tactics
  • Determine survey analyzers

Deadline: 6 February 2023

Market the Survey

A marketing push before the cutoff would be helpful to help to gather more data before the cutoff date. This effort can include:

  • Social media (e.g., Twitter)
  • Newsletter (e.g., MeetupMeetup All local/regional gatherings that are officially a part of the WordPress world but are not WordCamps are organized through https://www.meetup.com/. 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 meetup.com will help you find options in your area. Organizer newsletter)
  • Encouraging facilitators of Online Workshops to share the survey with their attendees

Deadline: 13 Feb 2023

Conduct the survey

The survey is currently in progress, and will be cut off on the deadline date, with a goal of a number of respondents to be determined.

Deadline: 20 Feb 2023

Review and analyze the survey data

Once the Training Team has collected the data from the survey, the project team will explore the data in more depth to help identify any trends or issues.

Deadline: 5 March 2023

Publish a post to share the analyzed results

This post on Make/Training will share a summary of the Individual Learner Survey results and analysis.

Deadline: 20 March 2023

Discuss the results

There are a few options for the project team to discuss the results. This will be up to the project members to decide what works best for them, whether that is synchronous or asynchronous meetings on 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/. or video call, or a blog post with discussion in the comments.

Deadline: 3 April 2023

Publish next steps

This post on Make/Training will detail the outcomes of the discussion and what the next steps will be.

Deadline: 12 April 2023

Thank you to the following people for contributing to this post: @piyopiyofox, @hlashbrooke, @webcommsat, @courane01, @azhiyadev

#project-thread #needs-analysis

Brainstorm – WordCamp Asia 2023 Contributor Day

It’s now less than a month to Contributor Day at WordCamp Asia 2023! In preparation for the day, we’d like to invite you to share your ideas of what contributors at the Training Team table can get involved with on that day.

Below are some ideas to kick-start discussions. Feel free to comment on this post with your ideas, too!

This brainstorming is open until February 8th (Wednesday).

Team reps and table leads will consider all ideas and publish a post with a final plan by February 10th.

Experienced Contributors

Idea: We can label issues for contributors to work on with wcasia 2023 or similar before the event starts. This will allow us to create a dedicated view 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. https://github.com/ to highlight issues for this event.

New Contributors

  • Have contributors go through the brand new Onboarding Paths
    • We can share team values, goals and projects as part of this
  • Review online courses and submit feedback
  • Review published content and submit error report
    • Spelling mistakes
    • Outdated content
    • Something is not clear and needs improvement
    • Screenshot/images missing

#contributor-days, #wordcamp

Project Thread: Training Team Onboarding Paths

Overview

This post will document updates regarding the creation of new onboarding paths for the Training Team. The original proposal and related discussions can be found here: Proposal: Create a new onboarding experience to the Training Team

Project DRIsDRI Directly Responsible Individual - the people who are taking ownership or responsibility for a particular project or feature.

Project lead

Ben Evans @bsanevans

Project member

Jamie @digitalchild

Project Member

Amit Patel @amitpatelmd

Project member

Pooja Derashri @webtechpooja

(Others are welcome to join in on the efforts, too! Let us know if you’re interested 🙂)

Project Timeline

November 26th – Project launch
December 19th – Project member check-in call
January 16th – Project member check-in call, drafts ready for team review
February 4th – Review of drafts completed by Training Team
February 13th – Onboarding pages published
February 17th – 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. Asia Contributor DayContributor Day Contributor Days are standalone days, frequently held before or after WordCamps but they can also happen at any time. They are events where people get together to work on various areas of https://make.wordpress.org/ There are many teams that people can participate in, each with a different focus. https://2017.us.wordcamp.org/contributor-day/ https://make.wordpress.org/support/handbook/getting-started/getting-started-at-a-contributor-day/.

Project Details

This project will create new handbook pages that will guide new Training Team contributors to their first contribution to the team, and set them up for success beyond that. The creation of each handbook page will be tracked in the following 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/ issues.

#project-thread

Proposal: Training Faculty Developer Squad

Summary: This is a proposal for a new squad within the training faculty to focus on moving developer-related 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/ issues and pull requests forward.

With the growth of the Learn WordPress platform, the number of open bugs, enhancements, and open pull requests related to the platform’s development and maintenance has increased:

In order to keep an eye on these, and any future bugs and enhancement requests, I’d like to propose a new developer squad within the Training Faculty made up of faculty administrators, to run regular GitHub triage sessions focused specifically on bugs, enhancements, and open PRs.

Membership

The faculty developer squad will be made up of Training Faculty administrators with development experience, who can help review, test, and assign tasks. The goal of this squad is not specifically to work on any of these items, but merely to help move things along. 

Any contributor is welcome to work on any open issue/review any open PR, the faculty developer squad will merely facilitate this process.

Why only faculty members?

The main reasoning behind this is that faculty administrators have the required permissions to assign issues in GitHub. If you’d like to be part of this squad but are not yet a faculty administrator, you can read more about the faculty administrator role here, which includes details on how to apply. 

Development triage sessions

It is recommended that the faculty developer squad hold weekly triage sessions in the #meta-learn channel in the Making WordPress 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/.. Sessions will be run by one of the faculty developer squad members, and contributors are welcome to join these sessions.

A typical triage session will entail reviewing as many open issues and pull requests as possible during the hour, to determine their priority as they align with the training team’s goals for the year. Any interested contributors can also use this hour to ask that a specific issue be assigned to them to work on. For pull requests, the dev squad will see what is required to get the PR merged, and then either assign it to be reviewed, give feedback to the PR creator, or merge PRs that are good to go. 

Once any interested faculty administrators have indicated their interest, we will plan our weekly triage session, as well as document faculty dev squad responsibilities. 

Next steps

If you are a faculty administrator who is interested in being part of this dev squad, please indicate this in the comments below. 

This post will be left open for 1 week until Friday, 10 February 2023 at 15:00 UTC, for any existing faculty administrators to indicate their interest, after which we will start planning for our first triage session. The reason for the short time for feedback is that this specific proposal is only open to existing faculty administrators. Once the initial faculty developer squad is confirmed, contributors who become faculty administrators will be welcome to join the squad.

#faculty-training, #training-team

Meeting Agenda for February 7, 2023

Please join us for our Team Meeting Tuesdays at 07:00 UTC (APAC friendly) OR Tuesdays at 16:00 UTC (AMER/EMEA friendly) in the #training Slack channel for our weekly meetings!


This Week’s Agenda

This week’s meeting will be held in APAC timezone, at Tuesdays at 07:00 UTC with @bsanevans and @piyopiyofox hosting.

  1. Intro/Welcome
  2. News
    1. Meeting Note Takers
    2. Faculty Members Update
    3. Brainstorm – WordCamp Asia 2023 Contributor Day
    4. Training Team Values Exercise Recap
    5. Training Team 2023 Goals Setting
    6. The Highlighted Posts section on the team site has been updated and renamed to Current Focus Areas
    7. Learn Newsletter draft
    8. Our current Training Team Office hour slots will convert into Coffee Hours
    9. Open discussions: Going forward, open discussions will have a 2 week feedback timebox in meetings starting from when the topic is posted.
    10. Feedback request
  3. Published Content
  4. Projects
  5. Other Work in Progress
  6. Request for review
  7. Other ways to Contribute
  8. Open Discussions

Upcoming Meetings

You are welcome to join the team at any time! If you are new to the Training Team, please introduce yourself in the #training channel before the meeting (or anytime!) and feel free to join us in the meeting and participate as you are able.


Training Team Mission

The WordPress training team helps people learn to use, extend, and contribute to WordPress through synchronous and asynchronous learning as well as downloadable lesson plans for instructors to use in live environments, via learn.wordpress.org.

Getting Involved

Everyone is welcome and encouraged to join in, comment on posts, and participate in meetings and on projects.

  1. Learn.WordPress.org
    1. Lesson Plans
    2. Tutorials
    3. Courses
    4. Online Workshops
    5. Pathways to Learn WordPress
  2. Getting Involved
    1. GitHub Website Development
    2. GitHub Content Development
    3. What We Are Currently Working On This Month
  3. About The Team
  4. Our Team Blog

Exploring WordPress Certifications

Over the years, there have been a few discussions about creating formalised certifications for WordPress, most notably in 2013 as seen on Torque and WP Tavern. While those discussions are nearly 10 years old, they are still relevant and, now that an open learning platform for WordPress exists, this is a good time to revisit those conversations.

Before we get anywhere near implementation, let’s take a step back and gather some initial thoughts on how a WordPress certification should be approached. Certifying open-source software has some inherent challenges, but also some wonderful advantages. With that in mind here is some interesting content to review:

Feedback

Since this is an exploratory post and not a proposal for anything concrete, please comment with your answers to the questions below, as well as any other thoughts you have about this topic:

  • What benefits would certifications provide?
  • What would be some effective ways to use certifications in the WordPress space?
  • What potential pitfalls need to be kept in mind, should we proceed?

Bite-sized content on Learn WordPress

We have recently discussed creating bite-sized content on Learn WordPress, which can easily be distributed via social media platforms and used by #marketing. This was also suggested and discussed at the Contributor DayContributor Day Contributor Days are standalone days, frequently held before or after WordCamps but they can also happen at any time. They are events where people get together to work on various areas of https://make.wordpress.org/ There are many teams that people can participate in, each with a different focus. https://2017.us.wordcamp.org/contributor-day/ https://make.wordpress.org/support/handbook/getting-started/getting-started-at-a-contributor-day/. during 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. US 2022.

Here are some examples worth exploring:

Three 1-minute examples

We could start by creating three 1-minute videos to get the ball rolling and then request feedback. The following folks have shown interest in creating these examples: @eboxnet, @courane01 and @west7.

We aim to have the first three examples completed by February 1 for review.

Stories or shorts

It was also suggested by @courane01 that we could also explore implementing Stories down the line. These are short videos or a collection of images, and text, which can be created on a mobile phone.

Here are video and text-based examples:

Want to get involved?

Please comment on this thread if you are interested in creating bite-sized content or have any actionable suggestions.

#marketing #training

January 2023 Faculty Meeting

Faculty Members have opted into an asynchronous meeting every 15th of the month (or the closest business day). We will hold our meeting over a two-week period, and the meeting host (typically the poster) or another assigned individual will post discussion outcomes at the end of the feedback period.

Please find outlined below Updates for review, Topics for Discussion, and items that require assistance in the Working Together section. The meeting host will add a comment for each topic for discussion.

Discussion period: 15–31 January, 2023

Updates

Here are some recent happenings and open feedback requests.

Topics for Discussion

Please comment on this post with answers to the Faculty Member check-in items and your input on our topics for discussion.

  • Check-in: Please feel free to answer some or all of the below self check-in items
    • How are you doing?
    • What’s your bandwidth like?
    • How best can you help or be tapped in this coming month?
    • Anything you’d like extra eyes on?
  • We are seeking faculty volunteers to host Training Team meetings for the AMER/EMEA timezones. Upcoming meeting times are below. Please comment if you can help host any of these meetings.
    • January 17 @ 17:00 UTC – Meeting
    • January 24 @ 17:00 UTC – Office Hours
    • January 31 @ 17:00 UTC – Meeting

Have any other topics for discussion? Please your walk-on topic in the comment titled Walk-on Topics for discussion.

Working Together

Outlined below are the tasks per role that require assistance. All tasks are logged in the Training Team’s LearnWP Content Development board.

All

The following Faculty Members work to progress the needs of all roles: @courane01, @azhiyadev, @webtechpooja, @piyopiyofox, @courtneypk, @bsanevans

Editors

Faculty Members: @fikekomala @aion11 @mrfoxtalbot, @digitalchild, @afshanadiya

Assistance required

Subject Matter Experts (SMEs)

Faculty Members: @wpscholar, @annezazu, @pbrocks, @richtabor, @chetan200891, @HardeepAsrani, @chrismkindred, @amitpatelmd, @psykro, @digitalchild, @afshanadiya

Assistance required

Content Creator

Faculty Members: @amitpatelmd, @psykro, @arasae, @west7, @ndiego, @trynet, @chrisbadgett, @colorful-tones, @eboxnet, @robinwpdeveloper

Assistance required

Administrator

Faculty Members: @onealtr @meaganhanes

Assistance required


#faculty-meeting

Training Team Values Exercise Recap

On January 23, 2023, members of the Training Team participated in two, 2-hour exercises to discover shared values. Background for this exercise can be found in this announcement

What we did

Prior to the workshops, participants were asked to reflect on an amazing past team experience, and to envision the very best version of the Training Team. With these two questions in mind, participants shared their experiences and thoughts in discussion, before writing ideas into this presentation

By reflecting on what values were present in previous, amazing team experiences, and what values would be present in the very best version of the Training team, participants identified five top values. Afterwards, we discussed how the values would be applied in different situations and how they would be kept present in the Training Team.

You can watch the recordings of these sessions in the brand new handbook page: Team Values

Top five values

The top five values identified for the Training Team are: 

  1. DEIB (Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging): We create an inclusive environment that reflects the global, diverse community. We create accessible content that appeals to different learning styles.
  2. Collaborative: We foster trust and cooperation, through mentorship and respect. This is a supportive place that encourages reliability and motivation. 
  3. Sustainable Growth: As individual contributors and as a team, we hope for constant improvement! However, we aim to accomplish this by maintaining sustainable, innovative, and adaptable practices that uphold the team’s energy as well as the consistency and quality of content.
  4. Impact: To help WordPress enthusiasts really learn, we desire to make an impact. This means that we connect with the right audiences and meet their needs. We deliver quality content and consider how this fits into the future of WordPress.
  5. Empathy: Contributors are often led to the Training team by personal passion for teaching others. We maintain that joy by maintaining a spirit of helpfulness and kindness, and readily celebrate each others’ successes. 

Now what?

Now that the team has come together to form our values, our next steps will be to schedule a 2023 goal setting exercise. During the goal setting exercise, we will evaluate the Training Team Goals for 2022 to see if anything should be carried over, and formulate new goals for the Training Team to accomplish this year. A post will be published shortly with details.

And finally, if you have any questions or comments about these team values, feel free to comment below.

#training-team, #values