Training Team Meeting Agenda 14 March 2019

Please join us at 19:30 UTC in the #training Slack channel for our weekly meeting!

U.S. people – the meeting is one hour later than the time last week!

Today’s Agenda

  1. Learn site update – DEVELOPERS NEEDED
  2. Handbook update
  3. Lesson plan assignments
  4. Open announcements/discussion

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 creates downloadable lesson plans and related materials for instructors to use in live environments.

Getting Involved

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

Team Links:

Handbook Update

Work is well under way on the handbook overhaul. Unfortunately, I will not be as fully present in today’s meeting as I had hoped due to impending weather.

My personal organization for the handbook work is found at https://docs.google.com/document/d/1gA807bKaaFBOBcgBm2gqQGFkEj1JDCBaBdETILmMvnk/edit?usp=sharing.


The About page will be revised after other child-pages are completed to determine what is unique to this page and what can be linked to for more thorough details.

On the Who We Are page, the team leadership area needs a description. Please review https://make.wordpress.org/updates/team-reps/ regarding team organization. What “roles” do we want to share here beyond the 2 team reps?

Action item: who can write a paragraph or so about our team organization?


For the Contribute/Get Involved area, what is our preferred top-level page named? I like that the Docs team uses “Get Involved” https://make.wordpress.org/docs/handbook/get-involved/.

Also, some of the information here likely will duplicate About > What We Do https://make.wordpress.org/training/handbook/about/what-we-do/. How much text should duplicate vs linking to the other page?

Action item: What do we name this page?

On the Contributor Day page, a review for what information is still applicable/current would be appreciated.

In particular, the page states “Choose a card from the “Lesson Plan Backlog” list on the Trello board”. It looks like that has been reworked in Trello. Can that be updated and linked to specifically?

Action item: one person to revise the page with any more recent details. Change term of Backlog to appropriate linked Trello column.


The Guidelines page/section is awaiting @juliekuehl to revisit & revise.

Action item: Julie will revise or offer the task for another team member to complete.


Areas not yet worked on:

  1. What We’re Working On Now
  2. Learn WordPress site – top level page that describes that our work is presented on the Learn site with a link to it.
  3. Resources
  4. FAQ
  5. Old lessons (until Learn launches)

Meeting Schedule for the Remainder of 2018

There are just a few more Thursdays left in 2018 and holidays and other events are in the mix. So here’s the plan for the remainder of the year:

  • 6 December 2018: no meeting due to WordCamp US
  • 13 December 2018: regular meeting, WCUS recap
  • 20 December 2018: goal planning for 2019, possibly video meeting
  • 27 December 2018: no meeting due to year-end holidays

Join us on the 13th and 20th!!!

#training

Training Team Meeting Agenda 1 November 2018

The WordPress Training Team Meets Today!

Please join us at 19:30 UTC in the #training Slack channel for our weekly meeting!

Today’s Agenda

  1. learn.wordpress.org update
  2. How to handle workshop ideas
  3. Team to-dos sprint update
  • GitHub repos cleanup (remove slide index.html CSS code) (@codeblks )
  • Updating the team’s Make Handbook (@courtneyengle and @JesseOwens)
  • Checklists update
  • Lesson plan updates
  • Open announcements / discussion
    • https://make.wordpress.org/community/handbook/meetup-organizer/suggestions-for-meetup-content/

    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 creates downloadable lesson plans and related materials for instructors to use in live environments.

    Getting Involved

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

    Team Links:

    Training Team Meeting Agenda 25 October 2018

    The WordPress Training Team Meets Today!

    Please join us at 19:30 UTC in the #training Slack channel for our weekly meeting!

    Today’s Agenda

    We’re taking a different approach today and not talking about lesson plans!

    1. learn.wordpress.org update (see wireframes in Trello)
    2. How to handle workshop ideas
    3. Team to-dos sprint update
    • GitHub repos cleanup (remove slide index.html CSS code) (@codeblks )
    • Updating the team’s Make Handbook (@courtneyengle and @JesseOwens)
    • Checklists update
  • Open announcements / discussion
    • https://make.wordpress.org/community/handbook/meetup-organizer/suggestions-for-meetup-content/

    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 creates downloadable lesson plans and related materials for instructors to use in live environments.

    Getting Involved

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

    Team Links:

    Wireframes for the learn.wordpress.org site

    The team is working toward having lesson plans be published to learn.wordpress.org when they are finished. We have begun thinking about what that site could look like. Based on team discussions, these wireframes have been developed with the intention of sharing them with the Design Team and possibly the Marketing Team before working with the Meta Team to build the learn.wordpress.org site.

    See the wireframes here: Learn.WordPress.org Wireframes

    We are requesting feedback on these wireframes before moving on to the next design phase. Please leave comments here or on the team’s Trello card:

    Learn.WordPress.org Site

    Training Team Meeting Agenda 18 October 2018

    The WordPress Training Team Meets Today!

    Please join us at 19:30 UTC in the #training Slack channel for our weekly meeting!

    Today’s Agenda

    We’re taking a different approach today and not talking about lesson plans!

    1. learn.wordpress.org update (see wireframes in Slack)
    • Current theme: https://meta.trac.wordpress.org/browser/sites/trunk/wordpress.org/public_html/wp-content/themes/pub/wporg-learn
    • How to handle workshop ideas
  • Changes to Trello board
  • Minor template changes
  • Team to-dos sprint update
    • Redirecting the Make lesson plans to GitHub (@courtneyengle)
    • GitHub repos cleanup (remove slide index.html CSS code) (@codeblks )
    • Updating the team’s Make Handbook (@courtneyengle and @JesseOwens)
  • Checklists update
  • Open announcements / discussion
    • https://make.wordpress.org/community/handbook/meetup-organizer/suggestions-for-meetup-content/

    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 creates downloadable lesson plans and related materials for instructors to use in live environments.

    Getting Involved

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

    Team Links:

    Training Team Meeting Agenda 11 October 2018

    The WordPress Training Team Meets Today!

    Please join us at 19:30 UTC in the #training Slack channel for our weekly meeting!

    Today’s Agenda

    We’re taking a different approach today and not talking about lesson plans!

    1. learn.wordpress.org update
    2. Finalize workflow change
    3. Team to-dos sprint – help needed
    4. Open announcements / discussion

    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 creates downloadable lesson plans and related materials for instructors to use in live environments.

    Getting Involved

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

    Team Links:

    Training Team Meeting Agenda 27 Sept 2018

    The WordPress Training Team Meets Today!

    Please join us at 19:30 UTC in the #training Slack channel for our weekly meeting!

    Today’s Agenda

    1. Updates on lesson plans
    2. Workflow change
    3. Team to-dos
    4. learn.wordpress.org update
    5. Open announcements / discussion

    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 creates downloadable lesson plans and related materials for instructors to use in live environments.

    Getting Involved

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

    Team Links:

    Proposal for Changing the Training Team’s Workflow

    The WordPress Training Team has had the same workflow for several years. It consists of:

    1. Generate an idea for a topic
    2. Articulate the description and objectives
    3. Draft the lesson plan
    4. Instructional review (a relatively new step in the workflow)
    5. Copyedit
    6. Copyedit
    7. Copyedit (Review for style guide adherence)
    8. Test
    9. Test
    10. Test
    11. Review for publication
    12. Publish

    That’s a lot of steps. The reality is this workflow slows the release of lesson plans for months, it is tedious for the team, and it may not be necessary.

    So in an effort to be more agile and improve the impact the team can make, it is proposed that the workflow be changed to:

    1. Identify a need for a topic
    2. Articulate the description and objectives
    3. Draft the lesson plan
    4. Instructional review
    5. Copyedit
    6. Review for style guide adherence
    7. Review for publication
    8. Publish

    This new workflow would reduce the copyediting and testing steps. Rather than having the team use resources on those tasks, feedback forms would be provided on the published lesson plans for copyediting and testing. To be clear, those forms would include:

    • Copyediting: typos, grammar errors, hard to understand writing, organization comments, generally any feedback not generated from using at an in-person event
    • Testing: feedback after a lesson plan has been used for an in-person event, see: https://make.wordpress.org/training/handbook/about/testing-lesson-plans/instructor-testing-feedback/

    This change would allow the Training Team to focus on identifying lesson plan needs, drafting them, and getting them published and available to the community. And letting the community assist in making them better in ways the team itself cannot.

    The purpose of this change is to reduce the time from when a need is identified until that lesson plan is available for use by the community. The team is looking to implement this new workflow before WordCamp US in December 2018.

    Please share your thoughts in the comments!