Training Team Meeting Recap – August 2

Slack Log for APAC Meeting (Tuesday 07:00 UTC)
Slack Log for AMER/EMEA Meeting (Tuesday 16:00 UTC)
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Here is the agenda for these meetings.


Introductions and Welcome

Attendance APAC Meeting: @webtechpooja @bsanevans @kafleg @hderashri @west7 @amitpatelmd @chaion07 @onealtr @digitalchild @courtneypk

Attendance EMEA/Americas Meeting: @eboxnet @courane01 @webtechpooja @caraya @onealtr @arasae @courtneypk @azhiyadev

Welcome to the newcomers who joined the Training team in the last week: @theholidayatlas @eddymedia @rashmimathur @vkrish @bhupendra2909 @fox289

Meeting Note takers


News

Wider community

There have been some bigger discussions happening in the wider WordPress community which will have effects on the work we do in the Training team. Check out these discussion, and make sure to leave any thoughts you have on the respective posts.

Information Sources for 6.1

@courane01 began auditing 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. https://wordpress.org/gutenberg/ change logs and CoreCore Core is the set of software required to run WordPress. The Core Development Team builds WordPress. TracTrac Trac is the place where contributors create issues for bugs or feature requests much like GitHub.https://core.trac.wordpress.org/. tickets related to the upcoming core 6.1 release. She’s been able to connect the topic issues in our 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/ project board. We could use support from course creators to track areas that need to be updated/revised related to WP 6.0 (already shipped) and the upcoming changes in 6.1.

Lesson Plan landing page will be updated!

The team has been discussing a visually organized way to navigate the Lesson Plans. We’ve landed on a conclusion, and are just waiting for a code review on the updates. Keep an eye out for the updates to go live soon!

We welcomed new Faculty Members!

We recently onboarded additional members to our Faculty Program. If you’re interested in joining our dedicated team, come check out the Faculty Program section of our handbook. We’re particularly interested in seeing more join from APAC regions.


Sprint

We’ve come to the end of our June and July 2022 Sprint and will be publishing a retrospective in the coming week. We took some time to share stats, wins and other feedback in the meetings.

What went well?

What could we improve?

  • Clarification, increased participation, and better onboarding to our different team roles.
  • Assign priority on GitHub issues more precisely.
  • Ship the Individual Learner Survey.
  • Become more data-driven in our decisions.

What will we do differently?

  • Improve general onboarding flow for newcomers.
  • Create material to clarify and introduce each team role.
  • Improve communication around GitHub issues and what contributions are appreciated.
  • Work with 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 on tracking contributions.

Open Discussions

Collecting feedback from Online Workshop facilitators and attendees

@bsanevans suggested setting up an optional feedback form for workshop facilitators on the After an Online Workshop handbook page. Faculty administrators would have access to the form submissions, and would act on any actionable feedback.

@caraya suggested also collecting participant feedback – perhaps anonymously. We’re still considering what method would be most effective.


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

#meeting-recap, #training

Training Team Meeting Recap – July 26 & 28

Slack Log for AMER/EMEA Meeting (Tuesday 26 July at 16:00 UTC)

Slack Log for APAC Meeting (Thursday 28 July at 11:30 UTC)

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The meeting agenda.

Introductions and Welcome

Attendance EMEA/Americas Meeting: @webtechpooja, @azhiyadev, @eboxnet, @artdecotech, @chetan200891, @colorful-tones, @arasae, @caraya, @kemmy99, @courane01, @nickchomey, @onealtr, @courtneypk, @bsanevans, @manzwebdesigns

Attendance APAC Meeting: @webtechpooja, @onealtr, @eboxnet, @kafleg, @amitpatelmd, @chetan200891, @meher, @atomchat, @psykro, @hderashri, @jominney, @courtneypk, @thisisyeasin, @sabbir16

Meeting Note Takers

We are looking for note-takers for August

News

Faculty Members Update

We had a faculty member meeting on Tuesday at 7:00 PM UTC for EMEA/AMER region and on Wednesday at 5:00 AM for the APAC region, this is the update from that meeting.

APAC Training Team Meeting

The APAC Training Team Meeting will move to 7:00 AM UTC from 2 August 2022

Summary Update: Courses Currently in Development

Currently, we have four courses in development. This is an overview of what is being worked on and relevant links to follow if you are interested to learn more.

We welcome any contributors to share their ideas for relevant courses you would like to see on the Learn platform or to get in touch about creating your own course.

5ftF end-to-end recognition process

In an effort to raise awareness about all contributions, not solely those limited to CoreCore Core is the set of software required to run WordPress. The Core Development Team builds WordPress. props releases, @courane01 has been participating in some discussions around this topic and was asked if the training team would like to be involved in this pilot.

There was general agreement that the team would like to take part.

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/ site updates

Posts that need team/community feedback:

Community Course Creation: A Proposal

Courses contain text, screenshots, and videos. Much of this content can be sourced in lesson plans and tutorials (formerly workshops). However, creating a course is a big and perhaps hard task for a single contributor.

Having multiple opportunities for contributors to create the content on a single topic that could be included in the course would help involve more folks, and possibly help us release material sooner.

Rethinking the Lesson Plan Creation & Updating Process

This is related to the course creating proposal, and discusses who makes what portions of a lesson plan, and how it comes together.

Proposal: Merging Lesson Plans, Video Tutorials, and Slides

This is a topic the team has been discussing since the launch of the Learn siteLearn site The Training Team publishes its completed lesson plans at https://learn.wordpress.org/ which is often referred to as the "Learn" site..  At launch, a lot of the content on the site was not created by the training team. However, we have now found our place as one unified team creating and managing all this content.

The idea here is that the stand-alone topics that go into courses can live independently, merging the content types to include text, screenshots, code samples, video, etc. in one spot. This may be easier for also tracking updates for content.

However, there are also concerns about the audience of Learn WordPress, and whether these changes benefit them, or not.

Feedback for this is really welcome. In the hopes to consolidate, we’d unify multiple learning styles on a single source, roughly have the workings for stand-alone content in a similar way as inside courses already, and could tuck the teacher/trainer parts a bit out of sight until we have more understanding of our audiences. 

Training team Handbook updates 

  1. Faculty Member Getting Started guide is now up and running.
  2. Preparing a Technical Handbook a guide for folks wanting to create technical tutorials.
  3. Best Practices for Hosting Online Workshops has been updated.

Sprint

June-July Sprint

The following lesson plans have been published

  1. Block Patterns (Greek translation)
  2. WebP images in WordPress
  3. Create a Basic Child Theme for Block Themes
  4. Locking Blocks in the Full Site Editor

The following reviews have been requested this week

  1. Managing Updates Tutorial (Brazilian Portuguese translation)
  2. Customizing your post content layout tutorial
  3. Using the Create Block Tool tutorial

Open Discussions

Giving FSE a More User Friendly Name

Road to WP 6.1 – thanks @courane01 for creating this for the team.


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. Workshops
    3. Courses
    4. Social Learning Spaces
    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

July 2022 Faculty Meeting Recap

On Tuesday, July 26, 2022 19:00UTC (AMER) and Wednesday, July 27, 2022 05:00UTC (APAC), the Training Team Reps and Faculty Program Members held two calls to discuss the progress of the training team goals and our strategy for meeting them.

Thank you @arasae and @bsanevans for facilitating and taking notes! Outlined below are the notes taken from these two calls.

Attendees

AMER call: @annezazu @courtneypk @azhiyadev @colorful-tones @courane01 @ndiego @chrisbadgett @onealtr @richtabor @arasae

APAC call: @bsanevans @west7 @webtechpooja @onealtr

Notes

  • Proposal: Merging Lesson Plans, Video Tutorials, and Slides
    • Do we have a consensus on how to move forward with this?
      • At Learn’s Creation: Community team made many materials; though as not a lot of collaboration with the #training team. Vision was to have topic parity, unit single topics together. 
        • A needs analysis may help us to shed light on this.
        • Need some more stats about our user journeys; we have Jetpack, but we need more data to make informed decision
        • Vision of uniting these ideas: 
          • Consolidate the buckets for updating things
          • Keep all of the assets for the same topics together
          • Tuck “teacher” things behind the menu behind a tab
      • Lots of comments about many things moving toward tutorials; it’s important to be mindful that not everyone learns using video. We also have the 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) side of things – within developing countries, we need to be mindful of bandwidth and what we need to think about this in terms of accessibility. 
        • Barriers to entry 
        • Text-based format may be better for some
          • From APAC meeting: The line between text-based materials and the docs created by the Docs team gets blurry here. We’ll want to consider how to best join forces so that we’re not duplicating efforts.
        • Video element may be better for other content creators
        • Do we still need every section in lesson plans?
          • What should be re-used? (For example, the “example lesson” is that someone could take and create a video out of it; likewise, you can take the transcript that someone generate at the videos and use that to create some form of lesson plans) – how is it best to present this content in a way that works best for everyone?
      • One Approach: Needs analysis to decide what is needed across things.
        • Another approach: Try something new, see if it’s viable, see if that model works. Could we pick an area and see what happens if we morph it into a more standardized, unifying approach? Does it make it easier, or are there too many edge cases? 
        • Could we pick four or five things to chunk and pull from it to create a model of this ahead of time to see what works and doesn’t? 
      • Could we create a few versions? One where things are for learners, one for teachers, and one hybrid? 
      • There does not seem to be a consensus at the moment; we should continue to gather feedback. There are two audiences; do we need to look at a needs analysis to decide which way to go, either merging everything or separating it out entirely?
        • Who is using the site? Educators/ facilitators / teachers? Or is it people who just want to learn how to use WordPress? We need to discover our audience.
        • From APAC meeting: We want to clearly categorize our content for the two audiences – learners and teachers.
          • The learner audience is going to be substantially larger than the teacher audience.
          • Content should be clearly defined as to who they are for.
          • Cross-linking content aimed at different audiences could cause confusion. 
      • Content Type: Video tutorials, lesson plans, courses. All specific content type; if we have really strong templates that people can build off of, that makes it easier for the creator; using the topic categoryCategory The 'category' taxonomy lets you group posts / content together that share a common bond. Categories are pre-defined and broad ranging. for a mixed search is a good idea. There are certain things that could become components within other things. We also may be able to use this example.
      • From APAC meeting: In the past, Training looked after content for facilitators (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. organizers), and Community looked after content for learners. Both are now responsibilities of the Training team.
        • So we want to keep in mind, we are building content for two distinctly different audiences.
        • Could we keep content separate on the front end, but link things by topic behind the scenes? (Such as 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/?)
      • Conclusion: This conversation is still ongoing; continue to leave comments on the actual project thread and continue the conversation going publicly on the thread.
      • Conclusion from APAC meeting: We are serving two audiences – learners and teachers. Where we can link resources or combine efforts, great! But our decisions around designing the site and creating/managing content should always keep these two audiences in mind.
    • Explore how this relates to Rethinking Lesson Plan Creation Process – Let’s discuss both of these threads to come to a consensus on a way to move forward. Discussion Frame:
    • Existing Lesson Plan Goals (as Sarah sees them)
      • To make the process bite-sized so people can contribute what they can with the time that they have.
        • Are we succeeding in this endeavor? If so, why? If not, what could we change?
      • To entrench the process in instructional design best practices so that the quality is A++ from start to finish (with an eye on eventual certifications)
        • How can we make this process more accessible to lower the bar of entry for quality contributions?
      • To be able to track what people are doing so everything is public, we can market it, and we can celebrate!
      • Is there a way to do this where it’s a reversible decision quickly? Could we iterate upon this later? What is reversible? What is irreversible?
    • What’s working to make the bar entry lower in other places? What can we change?
      • Online Workshops
        • Live workshops haven’t touched much on lesson plans; we have two directions: creating content for an educator, and creating content for learners. There are two different kinds of content.
        • The reception we are getting from online workshops is really encouraging. People are excited to explore and engage more.
        • The original intention of learn is excellent and creating content for educators is important, but it is also equally important to create content for learners as well. We are moving to a place where lots of people are scared about different things and want to learn.
      • Video Tutorials
        • Missing workshop template; if there were a template specifically for video tutorial. All that may be needed is a frame.
        • There are frames for lesson plans, but not for workshops; is there a way to embed strong instructional design foundations without locking it 100% into a lesson plan to speed up the process without sacrificing content.
        • We don’t have a template for video tutorials; we do have a process flow in the handbook. We may need to take that and change it into a template, similar to what we have for lesson plans.
        • Having a video first that they can base a lesson plan around and running with it may be a good thing for other contributors.
      • Note Taking
      • Review Process
      • Faculty Program
    • How can we make contribution easier for beginners, and make onboarding newcomers smoother?
      • Make templates for each content type (tutorials, live workshops, courses) that are easy to follow – where? Github then to Learn? Flesh out templates (workshop, video tutorial, courses) – maybe having one place where we update things rather than multiples? Maybe it could stay in Github.
        • The idea of putting this in Github is a good one. Almost ready for publication, then access to the Make site. Putting in Github and maintaining it there until it’s ready to be published may be a good direction.
      • Allow for more flexibility in what can come first, second, third. 
      • Make Design Elements more Accessible: Video thumbnails – where are new contributors getting hung up? “Where do I find X thing?” Can this be built into the templates?
      • Github can be really daunting for someone who is new. Where should templates live? 
      • Could we create a separate repo in Github? What are the things you should post in your workshop?
  • Enabling and empowering new contributors to put on Online Workshops
    • How can we make space to allow new contributors to be vulnerable and make mistakes?
      • Having a buddy to help you is immensely helpful
      • Consistency in templates: provide all resources (Google slide with the featured imageFeatured image A featured image is the main image used on your blog archive page and is pulled when the post or page is shared on social media. The image can be used to display in widget areas on your site or in a summary list of posts. templates)
    • Suggestion: Change Github to Topics and link different forms of content 
    • Group Alert words have been helpful
    • How can we do better to check our biases to ensure we relay constructive feedback for new contributors to action?
      • We ran out of time before getting to this issue; a meeting dedicated to this by itself has been requested.
      • Could we have a dedicated time to discuss online workshops to make sure we are being as constructive and welcoming as possible?

Action items

Listed below are action items created from our discussion. Note the items that have not been assigned, and are open for volunteers. Please comment if you are interested and available!

  • Create Github Issue templates for video tutorials and workshops: volunteer(s) needed.
  • Consolidate all the available resources (Blue Templates for Screenshots) into those Github issues/templates: volunteer(s) needed.
  • Find a time/space to discuss online Workshops (reviewing, constructive feedback, etc.): volunteer(s) needed.
  • Bring Faculty discussions to a more public venue (i.e., public 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/. channel): All

#faculty-meeting

Training Team Meeting Recap – July 19 / July 21

Slack Log for EMEA/Americas Meeting (Tuesday 16:00 UTC)

Slack Log for APAC Meeting (Thursday 11:30 UTC)

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The meeting agenda.

Introductions and Welcome

Attendance EMEA/Americas Meeting: @artdecotech @azhiyadev @caraya @courane01 @samanthaxmunoz @chetan200891 @colorful-tones @piyopiyofox @webtechpooja @eboxnet @arasae @courtneypk @bsanevans @chaion07 @EverestThemes

Attendance APAC Meeting: @webtechpooja @chaion07 @digitalchild @courane01 @chetan200891 @amitpatelmd @eboxnet @kartiks16 @meher @ashiquzzaman @onealtr @krupalpanchal @kryzpt @hderashri @thisisyeasin @courtneypk

Welcoming the newcomers joining the Training team in the last week (Slack usernames): @Saurabh Ranjan @Harshit Derashree @Rick @Maja Pawlina @sc0ttkclark @margheweb @J @John Serra @Maestro Stevens @Amit Thacker @lenasterg @Chaplain Paula Tolefree @contentiskey @Nick Chomey @Jamie Madden @melchoyce @joshuacorona

Meeting Note takers

News

Block Theme Development Course – Update

Full Site Editing introduced in WordPress 5.9 opens up a brand-new way for WordPress users, builders, and extenders to create 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. Themes, right from the WordPress dashboard.

Currently, Sarah @arasae and Jonathan @psykro are in the process of researching and refining the outlines for a course on “How to create Block Themes”.

Check out the post for the latest updates and let us know if you’d like to contribute.

Brainstorming: Best practices for hosting Online Workshops

Planning to host an Online Workshop or have you hosted one recently? Then check out Courtney’s @courtneypk brainstorming post and share your tips and best practices on hosting an Online Workshop (previously Social Learning Spaces).

Community Course Creation: a Proposal

Creating Content is one of the top ways to contribute and get involved with our Learn WordPress community. And Sarah @arasae has kicked off a proposal for rethinking and redefining the various steps and processes involved in creating content like Tutorials, Workshops, Lesson plans and Courses. Please let us know your thoughts in the comments section of the post.

Naming content types on Learn WordPress

After a vibrant discussion about the naming of workshops and social learning spaces, we are changing these content types’ names to make them more universally understood and easy to translate

  • Workshops → Tutorials
  • Social learning spaces → Online workshops

These changes will take a few days to reflect as we go around updating page titles and making code changes. We got a lot of fresh perspectives and ideas from various contributors, educators, polyglots etc. The discussion is now closed however, you can catch up on the interesting conversation here.

New Proposal: Merging Lesson Plans, Video Tutorials, and Slides

Courtney Robertson @courane01 has posted a status update on the progress we’ve made on the merging of various content types on Learn WordPress. The post reviews where we are, what choices the team had made, and where we hope to go. Please join in on the discussions here.

APAC Friendly Meeting time Changes

The result of the Doodle Poll for the WordPress Training Team APAC Meeting is out and most votes (10) are for Tuesday 7:00 AM UTC (12:30 PM IST). The new timings will be effective from August.

New Faculty Members

Two new Faculty Members @chetan200891 and @mrfoxtalbot have joined the Faculty Program. The Faculty Member list has been updated with our new additions and their information.

Sprint

Accomplished Since Last Meeting

  • @Vagelis translated a lesson plan and opened a small PR
  • @arasae wrote P2P2 P2 or O2 is the term people use to refer to the Make WordPress blog. It can be found at https://make.wordpress.org/. posts to make course creation more community-led, worked on ideas for the block theme course and finalized brainstorming an outline for the course
  • @courane01 created a proposal about merging content types, commenting on all the posts
  • @courtneypk Co-hosted an Online Workshop with @west7, Edited the SLS facilitator application info box for clarity, Started drafting a Help Scout handbook page, Posted Best Practices for Online Workshops, Vetted Online Workshop and Tutorial applications and conducted outreach and conversations with potential new contributors
  • @bsanevans Hosted an Online Workshop (Writing content with the 10 Text blocks) at an Asia-friendly time, and got a good turnout! Also published our second Greek Lesson Plan for “Submitting Block Patterns to the Directory”.
  • @webtechpooja hosted the workshop “How To Join the WordPress Training Team: Our Workflows”

Working on Now

  • @Vagelis plans to open a new PR and start a new translation.
  • @arasae is working on finalizing Block Course #1 Outline, writing replicable course description + potential 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/ course template, then breaking the course outline into lesson plans and linking them.
  • @courane01 is working on GitHub workflow/actions
  • @courtneypk is running an Online Workshop on Wednesday, Working on Help Scout documentation, Updating the “Hosting an Online Workshop handbook page” with collected best practices, vetting applications and will continue with the outreach program
  • @bsanevans is welcoming new channel joiners and working toward hosting an Online Workshop in Japanese

Help Needed

  • Content Creation – Github content board, with all content-related stuff that needs to be created, drafted, review and published
  • Website Development – issues related to 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/ design and development
  • Copyeditors – please comment on this p2 post or in Slack
  • Instructional design/educator/trainer – comment on the agenda (p2) post or in Slack, if you would like to join us as an Instructional designer/educator/ trainer
  • Single instance opportunities – Curating the Editor Experience – link our resources back to and evaluate expanding any existing topics or submitting new topics

Open Discussions

We discussed these last week, but comments are still open on these:


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. Workshops
    3. Courses
    4. Social Learning Spaces
    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

#learn-wordpress, #training-team

Training Team Meeting Recap – July 12 / July 14

Slack Log for EMEA/Americas Meeting (Tuesday 16:00 UTC)

Slack Log for APAC Meeting (Thursday 11:30 UTC)

(Requires 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/. login to view. Set one up if you don’t have a Slack account.)

The meeting agenda.

Introductions and Welcome

Attendance EMEA/Americas Meeting: @courane01, @caraya, @webtechpooja, @eboxnet, @chaion07, @jominney, @artdecotech, @trynet, @weblink, @arasae, @piyopiyofox, @manzwebdesigns, @kemmy99, @samanthaxmunoz, @hderashri, @courtneypk, @bsanevans

Attendance APAC Meeting: @webtechpooja, @kryzpt, @amitpatelmd, @eboxnet, @chaion07, @Kemmy99

Welcoming the newcomers joining the Training team in the last week (Slack usernames):
@Abu Hurayra @Harshit Derashree

Meeting Note Takers

  • July 19: @kryzpt
  • July 26: @psykro
  • August 2 –
  • August 9 –
  • August 16 –

News

WP Briefing Interviews

The WP Briefing podcast is looking for 6-8 contributors of diverse backgrounds, experiences w/ WordPress, and geographies to participate in a brief interview via Zoom, Squdcast or similar web-based platform on their experiences with WordPress to observe World Wide Web Day (August 1, 2022).

The interviews will use audio only (not video) and will be featured on the podcast.

Leave a comment on the GitHub issue if you’d like to participate.

WCUS Contributor Day – September 11

We’d like to submit a single form for Learn. Please comment on the original Slack thread to share your interest in helping, in person and/or remotely.

The form needs to be submitted by July 29th and includes roles such as: table leads, team onboarding person, Slack rep (can be remote).

Community Course Creation: A Proposal

Sarah (@arasae) drafted a proposal to break course creation out into smaller chunks, lowering the barrier to entry for course creation and making it a more collaborative experience.

Sarah summarized the proposal as breaking courses up into a series of lessons.

Comment on the proposal with feedback on the process listed and any questions you have.

In the spirit of making the process of course creation more streamlined, another proposal exists, Rethinking Lesson Plan Creation.

Discussion: Naming content types on Learn WordPress

Although there is no decision and consensus made yet, @courane01 suggested officially documenting the idea to merge videos, what are currently lesson plans, and slides all into a single content type per topic.

Content type names should reflect the audiences the LearnWP team serves:

  • direct learners wanting a single topic/solution
  • learners wanting a deep dive to learn everything they can
  • teachers/facilitators wanting to train others (like 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. organizers)
  • learners wanting to learn in real time groups.

WordPress Certifications

It is on the 2022 team goals to officially begin discovery phase during Q4 (October – December) of WordPress Certifications.

Share ideas, questions, feedback, and concerns as comments on this post.

Previous considerations of WordPress Certifications had many mixed opinions and perspectives so no decision was ultimately made.

This time, the approach is different and includes:

  1. The Individual learning survey (currently blocked here with GDPR concerns)
  2. Needs Analysis. A formal survey directly at different scales and locals using WordPress professionally as a part of their livelihoods.
  3. Forming the Curriculum Advisory Board
  4. Discovery and research around how other 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. / proprietary systems handle certifications.

Learn WordPress Development: Creating a Public Roadmap for Content Creation

Jonathan Bossenger @psykro put together a public roadmap for LearnWP content creation and got started on the with his first workshop, WordPress Action Hooks.

The post focuses on what specific programming/technical content should be created for LearnWP in order for no-code developers to learn the programming languages & APIs that power WordPress and extend WordPress.

GitHub Automation Download Meeting Recap

We are seeking folks skilled in yml files to help with 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/ automations & actions to better support our workflow and help elevate everyone’s contributions to the team.

Other Posts with Comments Open

APAC Friendly Meeting time Changes

WordPress Training Team APAC Meeting runs on Thursday at 11:30 UTC weekly.

To make it more compatible with other APAC- friendly regions the time may be adjusted.

Please vote your suitable time on doodle: https://doodle.com/meeting/participate/id/bmwWMW0e

Sprint

Accomplished Since Last Meeting

Working on Now

  • @artdecotech is recording a video tutorial for global styles and preparing for an upcoming SLS
  • @courane01 will work on content
  • @caraya is working on completing a theme.jsonJSON JSON, or JavaScript Object Notation, is a minimal, readable format for structuring data. It is used primarily to transmit data between a server and web application, as an alternative to XML. lesson plan
  • @eboxnet is working on more lesson plan translation
  • @webtechpooja will work on survey form setup, finalize APAC scheduling updates and an SLS
  • @manzwebdesigns is working on a lesson plan, Migrating from Page builders to WP 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
  • @arasae is creating content
  • @courtneypk is working on an SLS about image optimization and continuing to build out the team handbook
  • @bsanevans is hosting an SLS in an APAC friendly timezone

Help Needed

  • Content Creation – Github content board, with all content related stuff that need to be created, draft, review and published
  • Website Development – issues related to 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/ design and development
  • Copyeditors – please comment on this p2 post or in Slack
  • Instructional design/educator/trainer – comment on the agenda (p2) post or in Slack, if you would like to join us as a Instructional designer/educator/ trainer
  • Single instance opportunitiesCurating the Editor Experience – link our resources back to and evaluate expanding any existing topics or submitting new topics

Open Discussions

  • Conversation about a possible SLS around Custom Post Types and also what kind of tools should be recommended during an SLS.
    • This led to additional conversation & clarity: Learn WP should be neutral with our recommendations. Everything instructed should use 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. / OSS resources, so if a 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 is mentioned, it needs to be in the repo so anyone can access it.
  • Discussion about translating the “Lesson Plan Template” and “Workshop Template”.
    • Some believed this would be a good idea for new contributors
    • Others worried it would create too many template options and become confusing and overwhelming
    • There was more discussion about potentially linking templates together to mitigate the confusion

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. Workshops
    3. Courses
    4. Social Learning Spaces
    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

#learn-wordpress, #meeting-recap, #training, #training-team

Training Team Meeting Recap – July 5 & 7

Slack Log for EMEA/Americas Meeting (Tuesday 5 July at 16:00 UTC)
Slack Log for APAC Meeting (Thursday 7 July at 11:30 UTC)
(Requires 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/. login to view. Set one up if you don’t have a Slack account.)

The agenda for both meetings can be found here.

Introductions and Welcome

Attendance EMEA/Americas Meeting: @arasae, @courane01, @artdecotech, @eboxnet, @azhiyadev, @kemmy99, @trynet, @caraya, @piyopiyofox, @leogopal, @ndiego, @magicroundabout, @courtneypk, @bsanevans, @chaion07, @sabbir16, @amitpatelmd

Attendance APAC Meeting: @webtechpooja, @psykro, @kemmy99, @amitpatelmd, @chaion07, @sabbir16, @courtneypk

Welcoming the newcomers joining the Training team in the last week (Slack usernames): @Jonny Bull, @Amit Patel, @colorful-tones, @Joe Bailey-Roberts, @Mike F., @Nayan Thakor, @hztyfoon, @ABDULLAH AL NEFATH, @Asif

Meeting Note Takers

News

6.1 planning roundup

The proposed 6.1 schedule and features as well as the call for the release squad call has been announced. The release will happen at the end of October. See the linked post for more details.

GitHub automation updates

@courane01, @courtneypk, @azhiyadev, and @piyopiyofox met last Friday to share the goals for 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/ actions & automation. It’s more nuanced than it would first appear, but would help better credit contributors and reduce administrative overhead.

If you are experienced in creating YML files to programmatically create GitHub Actions and Automations, we’re open for volunteers! Please leave a comment on the post if you’d like to help.

Call for volunteers to review content

Instructional Designers/Professional Educators and Style Guide Reviewers: If you would like to review content others create for those 2 areas, please leave a comment.

Update about the individual survey

We’ve had some queries around the form, and after further investigation we confirmed that we will be migrating the Google form and utilizing the Crowdsignal 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 currently on Learn.

We’ve taken the link down until this is moved to Crowdsignal. @webtechpooja and @piyopiyofox are working on that migrationMigration Moving the code, database and media files for a website site from one server to another. Most typically done when changing hosting companies..

Needs Analysis working group poll

A more formalized Needs Analysis is planned on behalf of Learn. The objective is to survey many parts of the WordPress community, as shown in our 2022 goals, to assess how we can best serve the learning needs of those using WordPress.

Want to help create this survey? Share your availability on the Needs Analysis working group poll.

Learn WordPress Development: Creating a Public Roadmap for Content Creation

@psykro worked on the roadmap and broke it down into the development portion of learning, with suggested topics within each. Have a look and see if there is anything missing or if you have further suggestions.

Discussion: Naming content types on Learn WordPress

There are currently four types of content on Learn WordPress:

  • Workshops (5-15 minute instructional videos)
  • Courses (long-form content with multiple lessons in multiple media formats)
  • Social Learning Spaces (live and collaborative learning sessions)
  • Lesson Plans (structured plans that trainers can use to teach others)

The current names for some of these are not universally understood and not always simple to translate, so it would be a good idea to look closely at these names and come up with alternatives that are both easy to understand and easy to translate. We welcome your feedback on the names in the discussion post.

Rethinking the Lesson Plan Creation & Updating Process

Some contributors express confusion when attempting to contribute to lesson plan creation. This post aims to look at how we can improve that experience by documenting the barriers experienced by these contributors, raising additional questions for the team’s consideration, and making suggestions for consideration on how to move forward.

Tracking social learning spaces

To avoid duplication and provide a holistic view of all the topics being covered, it has been suggested that we should bring the tracking of social learning spaces into GitHub.

  1. Is Github the right place to track social learning space topics?
  2. What is a useful way to track it?

Please leave your thoughts in the comments of the post. We would appreciate them!

Training Team Goals and Strategy Call

Training Team Reps and Faculty Program Members held two calls to discuss the progress of the training team goals and our strategy for meeting them. Click through to the post to get the recap.

Monthly Sprint

Tracking updates

We have been discussing how best to manage tracking content creation updates at team meetings. After discussion during this meeting, we settled on these suggestions:

  • Weekly meetings – quick stand-up
  • Beginning of the week – slack prompt to check GitHub notifications/provide an update
  • Use GitHub to pingPing The act of sending a very small amount of data to an end point. Ping is used in computer science to illicit a response from a target server to test it’s connection. Ping is also a term used by Slack users to @ someone or send them a direct message (DM). Users might say something along the lines of “Ping me when the meeting starts.” owners for an update.

If you have feedback on this process, please leave a comment.

Sprint Status

Retrospective

Please share your comments for the June retrospective here. We will publish the comments in a post therefore please feel free to comment async. See last month’s May retrospective for an example of how this will be presented.

Social Learning Spaces (SLS) this Week

Open Discussions

  • 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

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. Workshops
    3. Courses
    4. Social Learning Spaces
    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

GitHub Automation Download Meeting Recap

On Friday, July 1, 2022 18:00UTC, there was a meeting to discuss the needs and goals for 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/ automation. Outlined below are the notes taken from the call.

Attendees

@courane01 @azhiyadev @piyopiyofox @courtneypk

Notes

  • Board overview (LearnWP Content Development)
    • There has been a review process in place since early 2014.
    • Instructional Design review
      • Instructional Designers assess objectives, and assessment questions.
      • Proofreading/grammar and style guide review.
    • Instructional designers should help identify what objective statements should be, e.g.:
      • Is this quality instruction?
      • Do we have good questions?
    • The Training team (any training team member) comes in on the ready to create columns.
  • Original brainstorming doc (Miro board)
  • Author permission is required on Learn to add a draft.
  • GitHub flow (Miro board), discussed possibly back in January or February.
  • GitHub Workflow (Google doc). This pulls out the current checklist that we have and the column it applies to.
  • “Awaiting triage” tag
    • This means that the issue needs to be moved to a new column
  • Hopes for automation
    • The desire is to match up reviewers (i.e., copy editors)
      • Ideally, create a group pingPing The act of sending a very small amount of data to an end point. Ping is used in computer science to illicit a response from a target server to test it’s connection. Ping is also a term used by Slack users to @ someone or send them a direct message (DM). Users might say something along the lines of “Ping me when the meeting starts.” for copy editors
        • To help mitigate ping fatigue, folks can silence certain pings
    • When a card is moved into a specific column, an automated ping/comment will be added to the card which will ping a group of volunteers to take action.
    • When a card moves into the “Publish’ column, it should automatically close.

Action Items

  • If you are experienced in creating YML files to programmatically create GitHub Actions and Automations, we’re looking for volunteers! Please let us know in the comments if you’d like to help.

Training Team Meeting Recap – June 21 & 23

Slack Log for EMEA/Americas Meeting (Tuesday, June 21, 2022)
Slack Log for APAC Meeting (Thursday, June 23, 2022)

(Logs require 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/. login to view. Set one up if you don’t have a Slack account.)

The agenda for both meetings can be found here.

1. Introductions and Welcome

Attendance EMEA/Americas Meeting:  @azhiyadev, @courane01, @webtechpooja, @samanthaxmunoz @caraya @piyopiyofox @eboxnet @Kryzpt @kartiks16 @WebCommsat @Kemmy99 @courtneypk @bsanevans

Attendance APAC Meeting: @webtechpooja, @Kryzpt, @eboxnet, @sabbir16, @chaion07, @AfshanaDiya, @shubhamsedani, @psykro, @courtneypk @wpscholar @mysweetcate @kp4net

Welcoming the newcomers joining the Training team in the last week (Slack usernames): 
@Sagar Nasit, @Vagelis, @kp4net, @mysweetcate

Meeting Note Takers

2. News

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/ automation updates :

Take a look at the Github beta project here, you can swap between 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. and regular projects. We use GitHub projects to track website development, content development, and team administration. We received access to Projects Beta, and we have started to move our Content Development over. We are next working on actions and automation.

What we want to have is that if someone submits a lesson plan or workshop, then the next group of people that are to review that would be pinged, with a checklist of what to look for.

Copyeditor checklist

We will be relaunching who is interested/willing to contribute to various team roles soon, including those that want to copy edit and organise within GitHub teams to use notifications there for this activity.

Team roles & Faculty Roles

Before moving to GitHub, we had these organized in 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.. We’re working to move these to GitHub, which will later help us organize those call-ins on the contribution

Faculty Program Members

This is an unpublished page, but ready for the team to see on a public preview link. Thanks to @Destiny for the revision so far.  We’re still having some conversations about linking to the GitHub issues for the list, so stay tuned for more info.

 Update about Individual Learner Survey

 Specifically, the form is not GDPR compliant and everyone is concerned about, who owns the account where the data is stored?

@Destiny has looked into some options for surveys and in the past, we seem to have used Crowdsignal (although that is Automattic owned). 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 is currently disabled on Learn.
#marketing has also suggested SurveyMonkey and SmartSurvey but there is no official tool used by the team. @Angela Jin is checking to see what we use for WordCamps (it may be Crowdsignal).

Needs Analysis working group

We are still working to build the thorough Needs Analysis per how organizations would anticipate this type of a survey, and the value it would be for them.

Badges:

Meeting notes and more: @Destiny @Makinde Ruth Oluwakemi  @Jonathan  @Femy @boogah

Content creation: @artdecotech @Benachi @kafleg @Carlos

Congratulations folks for training team badges. We greatly appreciate your contribution.

Naming suggestions

We are in sync with #polyglots and #marketing for naming suggestions for lesson plans, workshops, and SLS (Social learning spaces). It needs brainstorming. We are thinking to start a poll and we will soon work on it.

3. Sprint

June-July Sprint

The Training team is using Sprints to determine what we are working on and to determine our time frame for delivery.

Drafts in Progress

We currently have 24 items currently being drafted.

These lesson plans are under Review Process:

  1. Block Locking – Lesson Plan
  2. Upload a Theme to the WordPress Repository – Lesson Plan
  3. What to Include in Functions.php – Lesson Plan
  4. Gallery Block – Lesson Plan
  5. Child Theme for Block Themes – Lesson Plan
  6. WebP – Lesson Plan
  7. Styling Your Site with Global Styles – Lesson Plan
  8. User Management – Workshop
  9. Managing Media lesson plan – Lesson Plan

New videos in Portuguese are ready to review,

https://wordpress.slack.com/archives/C02RW657Q/p1655844289202409
https://wordpress.slack.com/archives/C02RW657Q/p1655921849888749

Ready to publish – Theme.json – Lesson Plan

4. Open Discussion

Feel free to claim any of the issues on our Content Development and Website Development boards.

WordCamp Kathmandu 2022

WordPress Speaker Workshop for Women Voices in India (Sept 24 & 25)

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. Workshops
    3. Courses
    4. Social Learning Spaces
    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

#training

Training Team Meeting Recap – June 14 & 16

Slack Log for EMEA/Americas Meeting (Tuesday, June 14, 2022)
Slack Log for APAC Meeting (Thursday, June 16, 2022)

(Logs require 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/. login to view. Set one up if you don’t have a Slack account.)

The agenda for both meetings can be found here.

Introductions and Welcome

Attendance EMEA/Americas Meeting: @courane01, @azhiyadev, @webtechpooja, @caraya, @leogopal, @arasae, @ndiego, @webcommsat, @courtneypk, and @samanthaxmunoz

Attendance APAC Meeting: @webtechpooja, @kartiks16, @chaion07, @sabbir16, @meher, @bsanevans, @wpscholar, @shusei, and @Kk

Welcoming the newcomers joining the Training team in the last week (Slack usernames): @Víctor Sáenz@Rendani@Nox Dineen-Porter, @Chandler Weiner@Daniel Grossfeld@Asfandyar, @Sadman Sakib Nadvi@Dom, and @Danish Naseer

Meeting Note Takers

News

Independent Learner Survey

This Independent Learner Survey was worked on by the team at WCEU. The hope is to open this up for any individual in the WordPress space to share how they’ve learned WordPress, what areas they’d like more support with learning, and more.

While this is not a full “needs analysis”, the goal is to make LearnWP a resource to really serves the community, from hobbyists to large scale organizations and many roles within. This survey is a first step in identifying the types of content that WordPress users are looking for.

Training Needs Analysis

Following the Learner Survey, a more official “needs analysis” should be conducted. There is a bit of an industry standard for these. @Robbie and @abhanonstopnewsuk have volunteered to help the team move further along with this. Both are seasoned professionals who conduct frequent needs analysis. A working session to begin this process will hopefully be scheduled by next week.

Naming Content Types

On LearnWP, we have:

  • lesson plans
  • workshops
  • social learning spaces
  • courses

Workshops were originally a term the Training Team used/intended to mean a series of lesson plans presented together, much like the workshops during WCEU.

The term was then applied to mean videos on LearnWP that people watched before attending discussion groups (later named Social Learning Spaces). In conjunction with the feedback from #polyglots that “Social Learning Spaces” often doesn’t translate well, the team is rethinking how things are named.

Merging Lesson Plan and Workshops

Related to the naming of content types mentioned above, workshops are now videos, roughly in parity with lesson plans. Previous effort/work has been done around what the merge could look like, including the landing pages for lesson plans.

The idea tentatively is to have the video and slides near the top, the text walk-throughs after, and tuck the teacher bits like objective statements behind a tab dropdown or something of the sort. Here are a couple proposed ideas:

The team is also thinking that adding several lesson plans together essentially become a course. The individual versions would be stand-alone, and could still be presented by a 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 and used by instructors, or direct learners.

There is still a lot of work to be done, and further progress depends on finalizing content type naming.

Monthly Retrospective

Each month, the Training team works in Sprints. These are goals we hope to accomplish for that month. At the end of the month, we conduct a retrospective by asking ourselves a few questions. The feedback is then posted, here is an example from April 2022. May’s retrospective was delayed due to WCEU.

May Sprint 2022

  • 2 Lesson Plans were published including one in Brazilian Portuguese
  • 6 Workshops were published including one in Brazilian Portuguese
  • 1 Course was published
  • 23 items in Drafts in Progress
  • 13 items in Review in Progress (of which 4 are ready to publish)

Training Team Goals

Carried over from Q1:

  • Implement a Faculty program (like Community Deputies, name to be determined). 
  • Brainstorm and discovery for the creation of a Needs Analysis. Still in progress and a Learner Survey has been created in the interim. 
  • Create Instructor/Facilitator resources portion on LearnWP

Goals for Q2

  • Conduct Needs Analysis
  • Create content useful for 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. Europe
  • Release roadmap of new content (that isn’t tied to WP releases/features)
  • Assess content that has the largest impact
  • Overhaul the “Submit an Idea” form. Build in conditional logic for workshop, lesson plan, and course.
  • Ongoing promotions collaborations with other Make teams such as Marketing, Polyglots, Docs, 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), and Community

Team Comment on the Retrospective

Each month, team members have an opportunity to share what they think what went well? What could the team improve? What will the team do differently in the future? The responses from each meeting are below.

EMEA/Americas Meeting Responses
APAC Meeting Responses

June/July Sprint

For the June/July Sprint, the proposal was to simply continue working through the backlog of existing tasks.

Open Discussions

@caraya prompted a good discussion about where to put “auxiliary content” for lesson plans. This type of content could include sample code files that could traditionally not be uploaded to the lesson itself. Some proposed options included a 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/ repo or Gists. The full discussion is available here.

@webtechpooja shared WordPress Speaker Workshop for Women Voices in India (Sept 24 & 25) and that WordCamp Kathmandu has been officially announced and will be held on 3rd & 4th September 2022.


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. Workshops
    3. Courses
    4. Social Learning Spaces
    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

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Training Team Meeting Recap – June 7 / June 9

Slack Log for EMEA/Americas Meeting (Tuesday, June 7, 2022)
Slack Log for APAC Meeting (Thursday, June 9, 2022)

(Logs require 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/. login to view. Set one up if you don’t have a Slack account.)

The agenda for both meetings can be found here.

Introductions and Welcome

Attendance EMEA/Americas Meeting: @courane01, @samanthaxmunoz, @ndiego, @azhiyadev, @webtechpooja, @caraya, @st810amaze, @artdecotech, @arasae, @piyopiyofox, @Kemmy99, @courtneypk

Attendance APAC Meeting: @webtechpooja, @kartiks16, @chaion07, @sabbir16, @krupalpanchal, @courtneypk

Welcoming the newcomers joining the Training team in the last week (Slack usernames): @Sérgio Silva @Egle Lak @CarolinaOP @ChristianStickel @patricia @Igor Beuermann @Sheila LevelLevel @JABBARI @Rich @Jaap Wiering @Chandler Weiner

Meeting Note Takers

News

WCEU 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/.

  • An individual learner survey was started that will shape the needs analysis survey
  • An SLS training took place around how to submit a 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/ issue/topic for LearnWP

Feedback Required!

Sprint

May Sprint

Will hold off on May Retrospective and extend the May Sprint due to WCEU.

We are now breaking sprint posts into sections that mimic our boards on Github:

  1. Learn Content
  2. Website Development
  3. Training Team Administration

If you would like to contribute to an issue:

  1. Pick a topic from the Next Up – You Can Help column.
  2. Assign yourself to the issue. If you are unable to do this, please comment on the issue and a Team Admin will assign you to the issue. Once you’ve selected your issue (card) please move it to the Drafts in Progress column.

Content Development

For every column in our Content Development board, we have a “How to use this column” issue to help you navigate the project board.

Every column in our Content Development board has a “how to use this column” issue.

  1. Drafts:  you’ll find the person assigned to the issue in the drafts column.
  2. Reviews: these are ready for feedback, proofreading, comments, etc.
  3. Published
  4. Help Needed
    1. Content
    2. Ready to Create – You Can Help
      1. High Priority
      2. Medium Priority
      3. Quick Fix
    3. Topic Ideas

When you think about how to contribute to the training team, opportunities include:

  1. Creating content from the “You can help” column
  2. Reviewing someone else’s content that is almost ready to be published
  3. Revising abandoned issues to be ready to go live. That includes many long-time lesson plans that mention brands and now meet our brand guidelines, or just need a refresh due to updates.

Website Development

If you want to contribute to the site functionality of Learn then please have a look at our Website development project board.
Items on this board also have a priority label (high, medium, and low) as well as good first issues.

  1. High Priority Issues
  2. Medium Priority Issues
  3. Good First Issues

Training Team Administration

We will use this board for our general admin like meeting notes recap. We have created templates that you can use.

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. Workshops
    3. Courses
    4. Social Learning Spaces
    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

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