Training Team Meeting Recap – 04th April 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 https://slack.com/. The WordPress community has its own Slack Channel at https://make.wordpress.org/chat/. account, you can set one up.)

Introductions and Welcome

There were 15 attendees @piyopiyofox, @sumitsingh, @west7, @flixos90, @lada7042, @pooja9712, @digitalchild(async) , @devmuhib(async), @voboghure(async), @psykro(async), @onealtr(async), @ironnysh(async), @zoonini(async), @backpocketace(async), @bsanevans(async)

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

@cryptrz, @Ibrahim, @Vishal Valand, @Jagir Bahesh, @Arun Sharma, @Zeel Thakkar, @DevSahadat, @flixos90, @Galib Hayder

For those who are new here, the WordPress Training Team helps people learn to use, extend, and contribute to WordPress through educational content hosted on Learn.WordPress.org.

If you haven’t seen them yet, then I recommend checking out our onboarding program, and our Guide Program 

News

Meeting Note Takers

Meeting recap notes are one of the best ways to get started contributing to a team, and you can find details on how to write notes in this handbook page.

Looking for feedback

  • Is anyone going to speak about Learn WordPress or the Training Team this month? Or applying to speak?

Please also feel free to let us know later– we’d love to support you in Speaking at a WordCamp or Meetup About the Training Team and Learn WordPress :blush:

  • 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 2024 Contributor check-in

I can’t believe that WordCamp Asia was already a month ago! I wanted to check in on our new 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/. folks– how are you all doing? Is there anything you’ve been contributing to lately, or do you have any questions about how to keep contributing to the team? :thread:

@kuanbro@Sara@kurudrive@h2ham @gmtan@Egle Lak @pauloeaquino@paulluxford @Hajime megane Ogushi@manukk@Alfred Kang

Updates from last week’s dev-squad triage session

The Training Team developer squad meets every other Thursday at 07:00 in #meta-learn. You can learn more about the dev squad and what it does in this handbook page.

@Jamie Madden shared the following notes from last week’s meeting:

  • 1 PR draft and no new PRs.
  • New Issues
  • 1 content issue was mislabelled as awaiting triage and added by the 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/ bot to the Learn WP Website Development Project board
  • 1 new issue related to Gujarati Local Content Linked to Docs File instead of the Gujarati localized site.
  • 1 Style updates for sensei to fix radio buttons and a PR was created ready for review for next session.
  • Testing of wp-now PR has started

@Muhibul Haque has accepted to host dev squad triage on the 11th of April.

 Other News

  • The Learn WordPress Newsletter – April 2024 is now published — check out all the new content we published last month!
  • Our March team update is now available for review in the Training Team Update – March 2024 post — this gives a rundown of our team goal progress, projects, and overall team health.
  • A new handbook section on the interim co-rep process is being created and should be available later today
  • Your Team reps @Ben Evans and @Destiny will be away on a business trip next week and will have limited availability. @Laura A will be holding down the fort for the team.

Come and Contribute

We’re trying something different with this section this week. We will only highlight the areas of contribution that are of the highest priority, and thread the others to ensure focus.

 This week we’d love the team to focus on Content ready for review

See Guidelines for reviewing content when reviewing content.

We have 19 issues ready for review cc/ @faculty-editors

Find the rest of the ways you can contribute in this :thread:

 Feedback awaiting validation

Topics awaiting vetting

  • See Vetting Topic Ideas for step-by-step guidance on vetting topic ideas.
  • We have 1 issue that requires vetting

Good first issues for developers

  • See Developing Learn WordPress for instructions on contributing to the Learn WordPress code.
  • We have 15 issues that need a look

Validated feedback awaiting fix

Contributor Acknowledgement

  • Badges: We awarded a Training Contributor badge to @harishanker! Congratulations and thank you for your hard work!

Project updates

  • Project Thread: Learning Pathways on Learn WordPress
  • Translation plugin for Learn
    • @Jonathan shared the following update:
      • The team would like to prioritize using GPLGPL GPL is an acronym for GNU Public License. It is the standard license WordPress uses for Open Source licensing https://wordpress.org/about/license/. The GPL is a ‘copyleft’ license https://www.gnu.org/licenses/copyleft.en.html. 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.-compliant plugins, so at the moment we’ve highlighted Polylang and TranslatePress as two possible options
      • TranslatePress seems to be the better option between the two.
      • Ben raised this question with members of 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 who are working on the Learn redesign, who indicated we would need to first have a more public community conversation around it, as it would mean installing the 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 WordPress.org Plugin Directory https://wordpress.org/plugins/ or can be cost-based plugin from a third-party on the .org infrastructure.
      • Our next steps will be to hold that public discussion with Meta.

I want to say again that any team member can get involved and contribute to our projects and goals. If any of them interest you, please don’t hesitate to lend your expertise and thoughts. 

Open Discussions

@flixos90 has come to the team with a topic for open discussion  which I’ll summarize below:pray::skin-tone-4:

Members of the WordPress Performance Team have been working on an introduction to gathering WordPress performance data in the field. This is provided in this Colab, as the Colab format is a great fit for this kind of content, since it allows providing BigQuery queries that can be run directly inside of it, and the results can be presented alongside the queries. Colab covers both potential coreCore Core is the set of software required to run WordPress. The Core Development Team builds WordPress. use-cases as well as plugin or theme use-cases.

Felix drafted a Make Core post draft (public preview)  to share this Colab more broadly with the core developer audience.

Felix is wondering whether it could be included or embedded in another area more dedicated to this kind of resource, such as learn.wordpress.org.

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.

#learn-wordpress, #training, #training-team

Contributor Spotlight: Cynthia Norman

Welcome to another edition of the Training Team’s Contributor Spotlight! In this series, the Training Team introduces you to one of our many valued contributors, and you can learn more about their contribution journey.

a profile photo of WordPress contributor, Cynthia Norman

Introducing Cynthia!

Today’s featured contributor is Cynthia Norman from Canada! Cynthia is one of the Training team’s Content Creators with expertise in theme development, and she’s also a Faculty team member. Let’s get to know more about her WordPress journey.

All About Cynthia

Cynthia is a family woman–she’s a proud nana of six grandchildren who lives near the beautiful Ontario landscape, where the wilderness is just a little beyond her backyard. She grew up in Quebec and comes from French-Canadian heritage, so no wonder that she’s eloquent in French.

Cynthia and her golden retriever, Mya, playing outside when it snows

With a background in Civil Engineering and French language proficiency, Cynthia has taught computer science, math, and French for many years. That was until 2010, when she decided to switch gears from teaching at high school to web development. She obtained a diploma in Applied Web Development, and now it’s been five years that she has worked as a freelance web developer. 

Outside of WordPress, Cynthia enjoys spending time in nature. “As a self-proclaimed introvert, I am most happy spending time fishing, kayaking, vegetable gardening, and walking with my golden retriever, Mya,” she says.

She also cherishes the time when she’s with her own family and her church family. “As grandparents, my husband and I are never short on family gatherings around birthday celebrations and holidays!” The great outdoors, a nice dose of solitude, and fun times with loved ones–now that’s what you call ‘joie de vivre’!

Cynthia’s WordPress Journey

When she was still studying web development, Cynthia did volunteer work for her church–she helped create a website for them. It was the first time she developed a website, and she used HTMLHTML HTML is an acronym for Hyper Text Markup Language. It is a markup language that is used in the development of web pages and websites. and CSSCSS CSS is an acronym for cascading style sheets. This is what controls the design or look and feel of a site. to build it. Soon after, she built her first WordPress website professionally, and she’s been hooked to this CMS ever since.

Over the years, she has built and maintained hundreds of WordPress sites as a freelancer for her own clients and as a contractor with WordPress agencies.

As time went by, Cynthia’s eagerness to stay current led her to start contributing to WordPress’s open-source project. “I felt contributing to the WordPress project would tick all the boxes for my desire to grow professionally,” she explains. “I was a WordPress Contributor Mentorship program mentee in July 2023. I chose to join the Training Team as this is where I felt most comfortable, given my background and experience in education.”

Her first significant contribution was updating 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. Theme developer course created by Jonathan Bossenger on Learn WordPress. “Working collaboratively with WordPress educators has been so rewarding, and exactly what I needed to complement my freelance work,” Cynthia affirms.

Powered by her experience in creating many WordPress sites and hundreds of WordPress tutorials, Cynthia also decided to extend her passion for knowledge-sharing by launching a WordPress Tutorials YouTube channel, WP SOS Hub, in 2023. There, she created videos about her experience with WordPress-related topics such as themes, plugins, and full-site editing, aiming to inspire people to have a beautiful and SEO-optimized website that will convert visitors into customers.

Overcoming Challenges 

For Cynthia, the most challenging part of contributing has been figuring out how much time to set aside on a consistent basis. She shares her trick: “My efforts to contribute at least 2 hours daily have helped me grow into my current role as a Faculty Member of the Training Team.”Moreover, Cynthia acknowledges that the Training team’s onboarding process and handbook are excellent resources to guide contributors along their journey. In the Training team, there are multiple onboarding paths for multiple contributing roles, so new contributors can choose any path they like.

Memorable WordPress Moments

Cynthia joined the pilot program of WordPress Contributor Mentorship in 2023, and completing it has been the highlight of her WordPress journey. “The mentorship program was what I needed to gain insights into what contributing to the WordPress project meant to begin with. My mentor, Jenni McKinnon, made me feel supported throughout the program. We had a little one-on-one time which was so appreciated,” she reminisces.

The Contributor Mentorship Program itself is a cohort-based and 1:1 mentorship to new and aspiring contributors. The program is intended as a pathway to help new contributors find their way into WordPress contributions. The second cohort of the program is currently running, starting from February 19, 2024.

What advice would you give to someone who wants to get started with contributing to WordPress?

“Choose to work on one thing you feel drawn towards, and try hard to avoid getting distracted by all the different directions your contributions can take you. You may get discouraged and give up if you don’t feel a connection with anyone. From my experience so far, I have found it best to slowly build things so that I can gain confidence in one area before moving on to the next thing.”

Thank you, Cynthia, for all your dedication and contributions to the Training Team and to the WordPress Open SourceOpen Source Open Source denotes software for which the original source code is made freely available and may be redistributed and modified. Open Source **must be** delivered via a licensing model, see GPL. Project!

If you are interested in getting started with contributing to the Training Team, please check out our Getting Started guide and/or join the Guide Program to be mentored by an experienced contributor. We’d be happy to have you join us!

#contributor-spotlight

Looking for feedback: Thumbnails for the Learn redesign

Design has also created thumbnail templates to be used across multiple media assets used in the WordPress project. For the Training Team specifically, these would be used for course/lesson featured images on Learn, videos uploaded to YouTube, and Online Workshop thumbnails added to Meetup.com. The team would start using these thumbnails as part of the redesign work currently happening on Learn.

Please take a moment to generate thumbnails using the provided template and provide your feedback in the comments by April 19th.


Follow the instructions below to download the Figma file to your computer and generate images there.

  1. Create and login to your Figma account at https://www.figma.com/
  2. Download the template file.
  3. Import the file into Figma by going to the Figma homepage and clicking on “Import” in the top-right corner.
  4. Follow the directions described in the file to generate visuals.

Out of the templates provided, Training would be using the following:

  • Topic as image: Course/lesson featured images
  • Title only: Lesson video thumbnails on YouTube
  • Title and guest & Title and multiple guests: Online Workshop thumbnails on Meetup.com

Then, please leave your feedback below. Here are some questions that would be particularly helpful for the design team.

  1. Is the process clear? Suggestions on the copy and the step by step flow are very useful.
  2. Did you export the visuals as expected?
  3. Did you face any problem during the process? Which ones?
  4. Is any helpful information missing?

#design, #learn-wordpress

Project Thread: Learning Pathways on Learn WordPress

Project Objective: Create and launch progressive user-friendly learning pathways tailored to different types of Learners on Learn WordPress.

Project Overview

The WordPress Training Team recognizes the need for a clear, structured, and user-friendly approach to presenting Learn WordPress content. This need has been confirmed by feedback from the individual learner survey and WordCamp EU Contributor Day attendees. As a result, this project aims to deployDeploy Launching code from a local development environment to the production web server, so that it's available to visitors. an improved Learn WordPress website experience that provides an easy-to-navigate, goal-oriented learning environment that caters to learners of different roles and skill levels.

This project will serve as a foundational start, establishing a framework and functionality that will allow for the expansion and growth of the learning system over time. To meet our objective, this project includes a website redesign that offers clear learning pathways to reach target Learners such as Developers, End Users, and Designers. We will also focus on making relevant content easier to find and the inclusion of a framework that classifies content by skill level. We believe this will enhance user engagement, improve learning outcomes, and increase user adoption of Learn WordPress resources.

Our journey will not end with the initial deployment of the new site. Rather, it is just the beginning of an iterative process of continuous improvement and expansion, leveraging feedback and data analytics to enhance the user experience continually.

We hope that this project will help us better serve the wider WordPress community by promoting knowledge transfer and ensuring a thriving community with diverse skills and abilities.

Thank you to @courane01 for getting this work kicked off in your Creating Learning Pathways for Learn WordPress and subsequent GitHub issue.

Project Members

Project lead: TBD

Members: @jominney @piyopiyofox @west7 @psykro @courane01

Project Timeline

Start: July 24, 2023

End: July 2024

Project Deliverables

  • Develop a website redesign for Learn WordPress that delivers a clear, user-friendly pathway for learners of different levels, roles, and use-cases.
  • Enhance the discoverability and searchability of relevant Learn WordPress content through the integration of new search filters and content organization strategies.
  • Establish a skill level classification framework for Learn WordPress content that enables clear content filtering and search results based on learner needs.

Tasks

Planning

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

Project Management

  • Recruit project members
  • Establish cross-team collaboration points of contact

Information Architecture

  • Create outlines and storyboards that detail learning pathway components based on the proposed information architecture
  • Map out content to provide a proposed information architecture (i.e. content types, taxonomies, relationships) that integrates Pathways
  • Conduct targeted user research to validate content decisions such as language, information architecture, outlines/storyboards

Deadline: September 18th 2023

Content Creation

Cross-team collaboration point of contact: @west7

These are tasks that Training Team Content Creators can help us accomplish

  • Outline specific skill levels and learning outcomes for each pathway.
  • Identify existing content that can be used within pathways.
  • Create outlines and storyboards that detail learning pathway components. (Either Miro or Google Jamboard will be used)
  • Develop a content creation guidelines that enable the Learning Pathways to scale, with a clear process for developing, reviewing, and updating content.

Deadline: November 2023

  • Develop new content where gaps exist.
  • Develop clear and concise learning pathways for target Learners.

Deadline: March 2024

Design

Cross-team collaboration point of contact: @fcoveram

These are tasks we will need to do in collaboration with the Make WordPress Design Team.

  • Develop a cohesive design concept for the Learn WordPress site.
  • Develop visual language for skill level classifications.
  • Ensure that the site design aligns with the learning pathways vision and goals.
  • Ensure that all visual elements are accessible and meet 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). (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Accessibility) standards, such as color contrast ratios and readable typography.

Deadline: January 2024

Development

Cross-team collaboration point of contact: @adamwood

These are tasks we will need to do in collaboration with the Make WordPress 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 and Training Team developers.

  • Ensure that the Learn WordPress site redesign accommodates various learning pathways and skill levels.
  • Build out any new functionality required to support learning pathways and content classification.
  • Collaborate with content creators to ensure that the site structure and content is optimized for user experience.
  • Ensure that the site is optimized for searchability and discoverability of content
  • Implement user tracking and analytics features to capture data on user behavior and engagement with Learning Pathways.
  • Ensure that the site is optimized for fast page load times and is easily accessible on various devices, including desktop, mobile, and tablet.
  • Ensure that the Learning Pathways are integrated with any relevant third-party tools or services that may further enhance the user experience, such as social sharing, reminders and bookmarking tools.

Deadline: May 2024

Marketing

Cross-team collaboration point of contact: @sereedmedia

These are tasks we will need to do in collaboration with the Make WordPress Marketing Team..

  • Develop a strategic marketing plan for promoting Learn WordPress learning pathways.
  • Identify target audiences within the three groups of Learners and develop targeted campaigns for each group.
  • Develop clear messaging that speaks to each Learner group’s specific needs and pain points.
  • Track engagement and optimize marketing efforts over time.
  • Partner with the content creators and designers to create promotional materials, including blog posts, social media graphics, and email marketing campaigns, to promote the Learning Pathways effectively.

Deadline: July 2024


Thank you to the following contributors who helped shape this project plan: @courane01 @bsanevans @jominney @digitalchild @fcoveram @ardianimaya @tobifjellner @yvettesonneveld @askdesign @west7 @lesleysim @sereedmedia

Speak at a WordCamp or Meetup About the Training Team and Learn WordPress

If you’ve ever thought about speaking about the Training team, or sharing insights about Learn WordPress at a 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. or 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., now is the perfect chance! We want to let you know that the team is here to support, mentor, and guide you through your journey.

When it comes to topics to talk about, the opportunities are boundless. But if you need a jump-start, here are a few suggestions:

  1. Walking through the Mission of the Training Team: Share our vision, goals, and how we’re striving to achieve them.
  2. Behind the Scenes of Learn WordPress: Throw light on how Learn WordPress is created and maintained, the philosophy behind its organization, and the impact it has on communities worldwide.
  3. Contribution Stories: Reflect on your personal experiences as a contributor, the projects you’ve worked on, and the skills you’ve acquired along the way.
  4. Importance of WordPress Training: Explore why WordPress training matters, how it influences learning, and its role in the broader tech ecosystem.
  5. Exploring the Training Team’s Handbooks: Guide through our handbooks, detailing how they can help newcomers become valuable contributors.
  6. How to Get Involved with the Training Team: Discuss the spectrum of roles within the team, and how someone new to WordPress can get started.

Remember, these are merely jumping-off points. Everyone has unique perspectives and experiences, so we encourage you to bring your own flavor to your talks.

Speaking engagements are a fantastic way to grow both personally and professionally. They allow us to influence, inspire, and connect with others in the WordPress community. Whether you’re an experienced speaker or just starting your journey, we’re excited to support every step of your speaking endeavor.

Please feel free to comment directly on this post or reach out to your Training Team co-reps or fellow teammates in the #training and let’s give your ideas a voice!

Discussion: possible collaboration to transform learning pathways to Skill Trees

During the feedback/discussions around Learning Pathways, @skilldisplayflo has offered to help transform our learning pathways to a skill tree format.

The Skill Tree format appears to be something available from the SkillDisplay platform, where they have collaborated with other open-source projects, including TypoCMS.

I would recommend that folks interested in this discussion read the original comment linked above, and the rest of the threaded conversation, to understand the benefits.

The idea here is that the skill tree format could allow teachers to “cherry pick the skills (aka learning path tree nodes) they really need, instantly render their own curriculum for a handout and get matching learning resources that are tailored towards her use case.”

Converting Learning Pathways into Skill Sets would involve using the SkillDisplay tool to create the Skill Set and then hosting the Skill Set somewhere on the Learn.WordPress.orgWordPress.org The community site where WordPress code is created and shared by the users. This is where you can download the source code for WordPress core, plugins and themes as well as the central location for community conversations and organization. https://wordpress.org/ website.

I want to invite anyone interested in this process to read through the suggestions and share their thoughts in the comments on this post.

If this is something we as a team would like to consider, then we might want to decide on:

  • when we want to do this
  • who will be managing the process

Please leave your thoughts in the comments on this post by by Friday 22 March, 2024.

Discussion: Bringing accessibility-first approaches into content development

At 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 2023, @jominney, @newcomer22 and team published the Training Team Accessibility Checklist 🎉 I’ve recently been considering how we can bring 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). (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Accessibility)-first approaches into the team’s content creation/review processes better.

What would it take for the team to be able to say “We’ve given our best effort to ensuring all content on Learn WordPress is accessible” when we relaunch the site with Learning Pathways in July this year? I’ve dropped some thoughts below, but this is just to get the conversation going. Let’s discuss in the comments until March 9th (Friday), and then consider next steps after that.


I noticed the WordPress project’s accessibility statement says:

WordPress aims to make the WordPress Admin and bundled themes fully WCAGWCAG WCAG is an acronym for Web Content Accessibility Guidelines. These guidelines are helping make sure the internet is accessible to all people no matter how they would need to access the internet (screen-reader, keyboard only, etc) https://www.w3.org/TR/WCAG21/. 2.0 AA compliant where possible.

  • Question: Is striving for WCAG 2.0 AA compliance a reasonable standard for content on Learn WordPress, too?

The team’s current Accessibility Checklist has some items that go beyond the scope of WCAG 2.0 AA, but is also missing some items within scope. Below is my personal take on what content creators specifically would need to be mindful of in order to create content that is fully WCAG 2.0 AA compliant.

(Note, I’m specifically considering what can be achieved in the content creating process – mostly conducted within the WordPress Editor. There are other coding-related considerations that must be made in the theme etc., which is worth its own separate conversation.)

  • Question: Is the following list an accurate representation of what content creators would need to be mindful of to create WCAG 2.0 AA compliant content?
  1. All non-text content has a text alternative. (Guideline 1.1 – Text Alternatives)
  2. Captions and transcripts are provided for all videos. (Guideline 1.2 – Time-based Media)
  3. Audio description is provided for all prerecorded video content. Or, narration in video content describes all important visual details, including actions, scene changes, and on-screen text. (Guideline 1.2 – Time-based Media)
  4. Instructions do not rely solely on components such as shape, color, size, visual location, orientation, or sound. (Guideline 1.3 – Adaptable)
  5. Color is not used as the only visual means of conveying information, indicating an action, prompting a response, or distinguishing a visual element. (Guideline 1.4 – Distinguishable)
  6. Text and images of text have a contrast ratio of at least 4.5:1. (Guideline 1.4 – Distinguishable)
  7. Unless essential, text should be used instead of images of text. (Guideline 1.4 – Distinguishable)
  8. No content flashes more than three times/second. (Guideline 2.3 – Seizures and Physical Reactions)
  9. The purpose of each link can be determined from the link text alone. (Guideline 2.4 – Navigable)
  10. Headings describe topic or purpose. (Guideline 2.4 – Navigable)

Points 3 (audio descriptions for video content) is currently not included in the team’s accessibility checklist.

  • Question: In the context of video content on Learn, what would adding audio description to videos look like? Is it possible to publish videos where all necessary content is included in the narration?

Finally, I think it would be great if we could move the accessibility checklist from being a final check made on content to something embedded in content development and review processes.

  • Question: How can we bring accessibility-first approaches into our content development and review processes?

#accessibility

WordCamp Asia 2024 Contributor Day Recap

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 2024 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/. was held on Thursday, March 7th, in the beautiful city of Taipei. The Training Team shared a large conference hall with most of the other Make Training Teams, which made it slightly challenging to address the entire group. However, it did foster a positive atmosphere enriched by community spirit. 

Our plan for the day was shared in this post: WordCamp Asia 2024 Contributor Day.

This year, we had a total of 15 in-person contributors and 7 online contributors, giving us a total of 22 contributors to the Training Team on Contributor Day!

Kudos to all who were involved:

In-person: @digitalchild, @chetan200891, @kurudrive, @west7, @piyopiyofox, @sara, @gmtan, @alfredkang, @paulluxford, @kuanbro, @h2ham, @megane9988, @pauloeaquino, @eglelak, @soniabajpai    

Online: @lada7042, @bsanevans, @manukk, @devmuhib  

Don’t see your name up here? Message @westnz in the Make 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/. so we can update that – we appreciate your time and want to acknowledge your hard work!

Our accomplishments

  • Onboarded 9+ people to the Training Team
  • 1 intermediate user script was written
  • 1 new topic was submitted for content creation
  • 7 content reviews
  • 2 new Japanese online workshops planned and published on 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.
  • 2 translation initiatives kicked off

The Training Team uses GitHub to manage their ongoing content creation work

What’s next?

Continue your path to earning a Contributor Badge.

To the folks who joined us for the first time, and even some familiar faces, we encourage you to continue to engage with the team in Slack and within your local WordPress communities. I’d also like to take a moment to share with or remind you that we have Team Profile Badges which you can earn for your contributions.

Keep up the great work to earn your contributor badge! 

Share Feedback about Contributor Day

We’d love to be able to improve and share in anything that went well for our Contributor Days, so please take a moment to fill out this Contributor Day Attendee Feedback Form when you get the chance!

Memories

Training Team Goals for 2024

You can find our asynchronous discussion on Team Goal Setting for 2024 here.

Vision

In 2024, the Training Team will shift Learn WordPress from theory to outcome/project-based learning, explore new streamlining technologies, improve team processes and increase global community/contributor engagement.

Values

The Training Team’s values are DEIB, Collaborative, Sustainable Growth, Impact, and Empathy. Folks can read more about them on our Team Values handbook page.

Goals to roll over from 2023

Listed below are goals session participants thought would be good to roll over into the 2024 goals.

  • Continue work on Learning Pathways
    • Create a Marketing Campaign for Learning Pathways with Marketing
    • Work with the Community team to promote Learning Pathways
  • Establish monthly recurring onboarding Online Workshops in different time zones for training team roles
  • Continue involvement with the redesign work happening on Learn
  • Audit Handbook

Milestones

The new goals session participants would like to see the Training Team work on this year are listed below. The next step is for folks to volunteer and take ownership.

Q1 – January to March 2024

Q2 – April to June 2024

  • See Learn redesign to completion with Learning Pathways as the focus
  • Create and maintain shared resources that promote the Training Team and Learn
  • Create or update a handbook page that clarifies where people’s contributions to the team will appear/be displayed
  • Any goals rolled over from the previous quarter.

Q3 – July to September 2024

  • Work with the Community team to promote Learning Pathways at Meetups
  • Figure out a method to manage localized content translation
  • Launch Learning Pathways on Learn WordPress
  • Migrate/Deprecate Learn content
  • Run 1-2 outcome/project-based course cohorts
  • Any goals rolled over from previous quarters.

Q4 -October to December 2024

  • Create a system for better surfacing Training Team member’s contributions
  • Audit Handbook
  • Any goals rolled over from previous quarters.

Stretch

Props:

Attendees: Thanks to @bsanevans, @piyopiyofox, @lada7042, @devmuhib, @ardhrubo, @westnz, @sierratr 

Proofreading: Thanks also to @bsanevans and @piyopiyofox for proofreading this summary of the goals for 2024.

#goals, #learn-wordpress, #learnwordpress, #training-team

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?