Faculty Survey Results – Q1 2023

TL;DR: A survey was conducted among the Training Team Faculty members to gain insights into their experiences and perspectives. Based on the responses, main takeaways are to recruit and/or train more Administrators, increase engagement on the team blog, and continue to focus on improving communication, collaboration, and processes. Next steps and plans for improvement on the program will be shared in an upcoming post, after reviewing additional comments and suggestions on this post.

As we approach a year since launching the Training Team Faculty program, a check in with all Faculty members was conducted to gain insight into their experiences and perspectives on the Faculty program. This also included asking their estimated amount of contribution hours they could dedicate to Faculty tasks, so we could determine if there was a need to train new Faculty members.

Faculty check-ins were accomplished by sharing a check-in survey with Faculty members. This post serves to share the findings and insight from the survey.

Training Team Faculty at a glance (as of 28 February, 2023):

  • Number of Faculty members: 32
  • Number of completed surveys: 28

Faculty roles:

  • 2 Administrators
  • 11 Content Creators
  • 5 Editors
  • 11 Subject Matter Experts (SMEs)
  • 6 Faculty members work to progress the needs of all roles

*Note: Some Faculty members fulfill more than one role on the team, which is why the numbers add up to more than the total number of Faculty members.

Let’s explore what our Faculty members had to share. Please read on for more details!

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Project Thread: Individual Learning Survey for the Needs Analysis

Project Overview

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

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

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

Project Members: Call for Volunteers

Project lead: @west7

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

Project Timeline

Start: January 2023

End: April 2023

Project Objectives

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

Tasks

Planning

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

Deadline: 6 February 2023

Market the Survey

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

  • Social media (e.g., Twitter)
  • Newsletter (e.g., MeetupMeetup All local/regional gatherings that are officially a part of the WordPress world but are not WordCamps are organized through https://www.meetup.com/. A meetup is typically a chance for local WordPress users to get together and share new ideas and seek help from one another. Searching for ‘WordPress’ on meetup.com will help you find options in your area. Organizer newsletter)
  • Encouraging facilitators of Online Workshops to share the survey with their attendees

Deadline: 13 Feb 2023

Conduct the survey

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

Deadline: 20 Feb 2023

Review and analyze the survey data

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

Deadline: 5 March 2023

Publish a post to share the analyzed results

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

Deadline: 6 April 2023

Discuss the results

There are a few options for the project team to discuss the results. This will be up to the project members to decide what works best for them, whether that is synchronous or asynchronous meetings on SlackSlack Slack is a Collaborative Group Chat Platform https://slack.com/. The WordPress community has its own Slack Channel at https://make.wordpress.org/chat/. or video call, or a blog post with discussion in the comments.

Deadline: 12 April 2023

Publish next steps

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

Deadline: 21 April 2023

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

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Project Thread: Content Localization Foundations

Project Overview

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

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

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

The initial proposal for this project can be read here.

Project Members

Project lead: @bsanevans (active) @piyopiyofox (inactive)

Please view our list of project members here.

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

Project Timeline

Start: November 7, 2022

End: March 31 April 30, 2023

Project Objectives

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

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

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

Tasks

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

Planning

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

  • Recruit project members

Deadline: Nov 30, 2022

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

Documentation

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

Deadline: Jan 20, 2023

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

Content Creation

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

Deadline: Mar 31 April 30, 2023

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

Development

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

Deadline: Nov 30, 2022

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

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