Documenting the Successful Launch of Japanese Online Workshops

On August 17th and 24th, @piyopiyofox and I co-hosted the Training Team’s first Japanese Online Workshops. These were also the team’s first non-English Online Workshops! The workshops received positive feedback, and we’re already seeing people sign up to the third and fourth workshops happening in September!

This post documents the process we took to plan, publicize, and execute the first non-English Online Workshops. We hope this will give others some ideas as to how they can host Online Workshops in their locales, too!


Preparation

Destiny and I had both previously been vetted as Online Workshop facilitators. Anyone interested in hosting Online Workshops can submit an application here: Applying to facilitate (handbook page). We had also conducted Online Workshops in English, so we were familiar with the general processes behind Planning an Online Workshop.

The process of scheduling the workshop was mostly the same as scheduling English workshops (Scheduling an Online Workshop). A few things we did differently were:

  • Created the 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. event in Japanese: ブロックエディターでホームページを作ろう!(English: Let’s make a homepage with 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.)
  • Included information in English that the event would be hosted in Japanese.
    • We added this information to the event thumbnail on Meetup.com, and in the event description itself.
  • We published the event a few weeks in advance so that we had enough time to publicize the event to the Japanese community.

Publicity

People can find out about upcoming Online Workshops in a few different ways:

None of these would get the word to the Japanese community about the workshops, though. So, we took some time to spread the word through other means.

We were particularly excited to see the organic publicity the tweets generated!

Results

We were interested in finding out when the best time to host workshops would be for the Japanese community, so we hosted the workshop twice spaced out over two weeks; both on a Wednesday, but one at 2 PM and another at 5 PM JST. We had a total of 14 people attend the two sessions, with a slightly higher number at the session hosted in the evening over that hosted early afternoon.

The feedback submitted in the Zoom chat was greatly positive with many mentioning they learned something new from the session! We also noticed some attendees tweeted that they had a positive experience in the session.

At the end of the second session, we took time to announce the next Japanese Online Workshops we’ve scheduled for September. This seems to be a success, as one participant mentioned in the session that they would be back, and we see a couple have already signed up to attend! These next sessions are being planned and tracked on the Training Team’s GitHub repository.

Post-session Processes

In English sessions, we generally turn Live Captions on in Zoom, and use these to generate subtitles for the video recording we submit to WordPress.tv. Unfortunately, Zoom does not yet have live caption capabilities in Japanese. While we weren’t able to turn live captions on during the session, we were able to generate good quality subtitles through Sonix.ai after the session concluded. You can now find a recording of the workshop on WordPress.tv: ブロックエディターでホームページを作ろう!

Conclusion

As a team, we are excited about growing the non-English resources we provide on Learn. The experience documented above shows it is possible to host Online Workshops in other languages, too! 

The biggest hurdle we had to cross was publicizing the event to the Japanese community. If you have any ideas as to how we could do this better, we’d love to know!

The Training Team Faculty members are ready to help launch Online Workshops in other locales also. If you are interested in hosting an Online Workshop, come apply to become a facilitator! Faculty members are ready to help you facilitate in your locale, too.

#localization, #online-workshops, #social-learning

Workshop Ride Along Replay

Erica, Angela, and Hari gave us a look at how workshops have been vetted so far. This is shifting to a Training Team role, so learning how this has been handled was fantastic. If you missed the meeting, catch the replay above.

Below you will find many links mentioned during the meeting.

#procedures, #ridealong, #workshop

WordCamp US 2018 Contributor Day

The Training team made a lot of progress at 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/. this weekend. We on-boarded several new members, completed several TrelloTrello Project management system using the concepts of boards and cards to organize tasks in a sane way. This is what the make.wordpress.com/marketing team uses for example: https://trello.com/b/8UGHVBu8/wp-marketing. Cards, and collaborated with the Design and Marketing teams to develop the plan for our front-end lesson plan site.

A photo of WordCamp US 2018 Contributor day. Image Credit to @harryjackson1221
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 2018 Contributor Day. Image Credit @harryjackson1221

Call for Your Comments

One of the largest-scope discussions involved the development of our 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/ front-end site. Currently, our dedicated URLURL A specific web address of a website or web page on the Internet, such as a website’s URL www.wordpress.org is learn.wordpress.org, but a proposal was made to change to teach.wordpress.org.

The reasoning behind the proposal is that our content is in fact focused on how to teach WordPress topics, rather than learning. We’d like to open the discussion on this since it will be a rather large change. Please make a comment on this post with your feedback on the proposal so that we can discuss it in our upcoming meetings.

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/ Restructuring

As we collaborated with the Meta team with the goal of translating our Lesson Plans in GitHub to the front-end, we reached the conclusion that a restructuring of our repositories will be needed.

In order for the front-end to be most easily kept up-to-date, as well as provide a mechanism for a final editorial review before content is published, a new master repository will be created with individual lesson plans as submodules within it. This will allow our current workflow to remain mostly unchanged, and the Team Leads can perform an editorial review before pulling into the master repo. @jessecowens has volunteered to spearhead this project.

Contributors

We’d like to welcome all of the new contributors and recognize the experienced contributors who volunteered their Sunday to join the team! @rbailey10 @davidneeham @learnwithchloe @winternetweb @juliekuehl @jessecowens @davidbgreen @dabrattoli @sunsand187

Help Wanted

We’re still looking for folks who have the time and expertise for a few vital roles in the Training Team:

  • Taking notes from team meetings.
  • 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.-proficient writers who can develop new Slide Decks for lesson plans.
  • Instructional designers or educators familiar with BloomBloom's Taxonomy Bloom's Taxonomy is a way of writing lesson plan objectives using specific words so that the objectives can be measured. See https://make.wordpress.org/training/handbook/guidelines/blooms-taxonomy/ for more details.’s TaxonomyTaxonomy A taxonomy is a way to group things together. In WordPress, some common taxonomies are category, link, tag, or post format. https://codex.wordpress.org/Taxonomies#Default_Taxonomies..
  • Wrangling the team’s style guide.

Priority Projects Moving into 2019

  1. Finish the copy and design of the learn.wordpress.org (or teach!) and deliver it to 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.
  2. Clean up the Training Team Handbook with the vision of creating a one-stop-shop for new contributors.
  3. Identify priority lesson plans to highlight on learn.wordpress.org when it goes live.

#training, #wordcamp, #wordcampus

WordCamp NYC 2015 Contributor Day

Greetings! This is the post where we’ll keep track of all work contributed to the training team 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. NYC’s 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/.. Please leave your notes/random thoughts/etc. in the comments!

Lesson Plans moved from pages to “Handbook”

Greetings from San Francisco where people are freaking out over the Giants.

We got SO MANY THINGS done at the contributor team 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. this week.

One huge new thing is we moved lesson plans in development from regular pages to the handbook plugin. The handbook has better formatting and navigation between lessons and sections.

If you are currently working on a lesson plan you will now find it under Handbook in the admin. I reassigned the authors to their respective lesson plans.

A bigger post recapping the meetup is coming soon!

Google Hangout for October 27, 2014 Meeting

Hi folks! @liljimmi and I were unplugged all day at the Community summit which is why we weren’t online. We created an event for our Google Hangout tomorrow

WCSF Team Training hangout – Google+
A Google hangout during our regularly scheduled IRC chat time so folks who can’t be in SF can join us.
https://plus.google.com/u/0/events/c4kc3b9l6426rinesevi2edt3bc?authkey=COPLs7uKzdPdsgE

It will be at 18:00 UTC, our regularly scheduled meeting chat time. We will have our meeting and folks who can’t be here with us in SF can join in on Google Hangout.

Actual agenda will be posted before meeting, it will be similar to agenda we planned at last meeting for two days of 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..

#wcus

WCSF 2014 Team Meetup Agenda Ideas During our…

WCSF 2014 Team 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. Agenda Ideas

During our Sept 16 IRC chat we threw out some ideas of what we should do during our IRL team meetup at WCSF2014.

In addition to Brunch and playing Cards Against Humanity, below is what we came up with. Feel free to add more in comments.

  • Recruit more folks for Team Training
  • Finalize a process for approving a module
  • Finish up unfinished modules
  • Clean up the list of modules we want done and create a priority list
  • Define module groups for all-day or weekend trainings
  • Determine a land for “betaBeta A pre-release of software that is given out to a large group of users to trial under real conditions. Beta versions have gone through alpha testing in-house and are generally fairly close in look, feel and function to the final product; however, design changes often occur as part of the process.” modules that need live testing and Finished modules for use and Meetups need to know they are available and solidify our connections with the Meetup team
  • Talk about revision process

#wcus

WC NYC

Hey Everyone!! Tracy and I are at the development day 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. NYC. We have 9 people working on training modules. WOO HOO!!

We are around all weekend, so if you are in town, come find us.

WordCamp Philly Dev Day Report @courtneydawn and I…

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. Philly Dev Day Report

@courtneydawn and I were both at WCPhilly and decided to use dev day to recruit folks to help with the Theme School project. It was a great day and a lot got accomplished.

@liamdempsey made new and improved graphics for the child themeChild theme A Child Theme is a customized theme based upon a Parent Theme. It’s considered best practice to create a child theme if you want to modify the CSS of your theme. https://developer.wordpress.org/themes/advanced-topics/child-themes/. module. He also made new file/folder screenshots with the Mac OS as per @jenmylo‘s request.

Reed Gustow and @tecdoc made an outline for a new Templates module.

@chrisurban worked on a new Conditional Tags module

@ruthkalinka Copy edited some of the Child Theme module and will finish up soon. She and @courtneydawn also went through the rest of the misc pages and updated them.

We added pages for the Intro to CSSCSS CSS is an acronym for cascading style sheets. This is what controls the design or look and feel of a site. module that @jerrysarcastic is going to work on and a Template Hierarchy module that I am going to work on.

I started adding the text for the new modules, I will have that done this week.

We let everyone know when the IRC chat was and helped them get on IRC so they can join the weekly meetings. We hope to repeat this at WordCamp NYC dev day.

Second Run of the Child Theme Training Module…

Second Run of the Child ThemeChild theme A Child Theme is a customized theme based upon a Parent Theme. It’s considered best practice to create a child theme if you want to modify the CSS of your theme. https://developer.wordpress.org/themes/advanced-topics/child-themes/. Training Module

Last night I did a test run of the Child Theme Training Module https://make.wordpress.org/training/modules-in-progress/child-theme-module/ at the Philly ‘burbs WordPress Meetup (http://www.meetup.com/philly-burbs-wordpress-meetup/events/184589022/).

It was a small group – around 10 folks with varying skill sets. I told them about the training project and let them know they were helping test it and that I wanted their feedback at the end.

I did make a slide deck for the training http://slides.thetracyl.com/burbs/. It contained the main points and notes I could refer to (hit the S key to see the notes while viewing the slides).

I went through each section and did a live demo of building a child theme at the same time. We skipped the group exercises for lack of time and because it was not a classroom situation, but I did just ask folks to talk through how they would do the exercises. As a group they did well on the quiz.

Overall, I think it went great, the feedback was very positive. I asked people what they thought and they said they understood the material.

I asked them how it could be better. @liamdempsey thought the graphics illustrating how the Child Theme affects the Parent could be better. I asked him to please send me any mock ups or suggestions. Another person said it would be helpful to know information about the setup on the demo computer – Browser, OS, text editor, etc. – at the outset of the class.

Most of the folks at the 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. are coming to WCPhilly. I let them know we were planning on working on more modules at Dev day.

#testing