Let’s Meet

Hi folks! Are you interested in contributing? Let us know what time works well for you.

Did you see? The lesson plans are live on the Learn site. The soft launch shipped. There’s a call for those interested in maintaining the Learn site (not the content, but the actual site).

An influx of new people has been streaming into the Training team Slack channel as well.

Last weekend, a Contributor Day reviewed our needs as well.

@jillbinder touched base to get the Diverse Speaker lesson plans reviewed as well.

As you can gather, there’s a big need for the team to start reviewing existing lesson plans, assist with maintaining how those lessons display on Learn, and create quite a few new plans as well.

What time works for you?

East Bay Contributor Day 2020

Hey there East Bay 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! Welcome to Contributor DayContributor Day Contributor Days are standalone days, frequently held before or after WordCamps but they can also happen at any time. They are events where people get together to work on various areas of https://make.wordpress.org/ There are many teams that people can participate in, each with a different focus. https://2017.us.wordcamp.org/contributor-day/ https://make.wordpress.org/support/handbook/getting-started/getting-started-at-a-contributor-day/..

Please register for a WordPress.org account.

Create a WordPress SlackSlack Slack is a Collaborative Group Chat Platform https://slack.com/. The WordPress community has its own Slack Channel at https://make.wordpress.org/chat/. Account.

  • Login with your 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/ account on this link.
  • Scroll on that page to “Joining WordPress team on Slack” and enter your email address.
  • If you can, make your Slack and WordPress.org Usernames the same.
  • After you sign up for WordPress Slack, the email associated with your Slack username will be [wporgusername]@chat.wordpress.org. This is important if you forget your password.
  • Find the #training channel in Slack and join.
  • Bonus points for uploading a photo so people recognize you 🙂

Our team uses GithubGitHub GitHub is a website that offers online implementation of git repositories that can 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/ to build our lesson plans.

We use 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. to manage tasks and lesson plans.

After joining Github and Trello, Please send your username so we can add you.

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

Our Current Priority Lesson Plans:

Getting Started:

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Where do we go from here?

Hey folks! Wow… things are happening quickly here. That is exciting. I’d really love to hear how you have found the training team, what you want to help with, and your why if you are up for sharing. Swing by our 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 to say hello.

Where are we now?

At home most likely. Stay healthy friends. But really, as a team, we are regrouping. We have not had much activity in creating/reviewing lesson plans. We have a backlog of pull requests in our GitHubGitHub GitHub is a website that offers online implementation of git repositories that can 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 as well.

But – the Learn site is live! It’s been 7 years in production. Yes, 7. Learn has been the destination for our lesson plans. It is a combined contribution of our lesson plan content and theme planning while working with Design, 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., TV, Community, and more. Talk about cross-team collaboration.

What do we do now?

Well, our lessons are now rather public. This is wonderful and has spurred new contributors to swing into our Slack channel at least. I love reading the passionate contributors’ ideas popping up.

We have a few high priority issues.

  • We’ve taken branded plugins down from 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. for now. Historically, the Training team began with generic lessons.
    • Before CustomizerCustomizer Tool built into WordPress core that hooks into most modern themes. You can use it to preview and modify many of your site’s appearance settings. included the Additional CSSCSS CSS is an acronym for cascading style sheets. This is what controls the design or look and feel of a site. area, we considered several branded plugin options. We had opted against it for a time, and then opted to include ones that were part of default WordPress installs or provided functionality that CoreCore Core is the set of software required to run WordPress. The Core Development Team builds WordPress. did not (contact forms, formerly sitemaps) and later to also inform users about the most popular plugins.
    • Let’s revisit if and how we can partner with brand owners (and later potentially themes as well) regarding how to best present lessons that meet the needs of trainers, document any specific needs and workflows for brand owners.
  • Coordinate with Community as we share the Learn site space to move forward.
  • Audit & prioritize the already-live lesson plans for any gaps, content to take down or update.
    • Editor (we only have Classic at a user level, missing 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 completely)
    • Default themes mentioned are now out of date
    • Thorough check on branded content in lesson plans

We also have an influx of ideas from new participants. Let’s briefly revisit how and why. We have almost 100 repos.

  • Lesson plans are on GitHub.
  • We have a format for each lesson plan. They can be found in our GitHub repo. Factors that drew us to using this as a repo for the lesson plans before they moved to Learn can be found in the archives here. In short, the team needed a way to take a lesson through its paces on revision, auditing, and more. These plans where originally living in the team Handbook. Drafts are still there, now unpublished. The images in the media library disappeared before the move to GitHub, with much sadness.
  • Slides – we have talked about them for ages. They are useful for instructors. They may or may not hold up well in pre-recorded videos for the Community online workshop route, but can be. I’ve found them rather incomplete.
  • As long as we are using GitHub for our team/project, we need help reviewing PRs. Should we seek out Slack integration?
  • Is GitHub the best repo still for lesson plans? Those less familiar with using GitHub have a barrier to entry in contributing this way. The team does need a strong revision tool, assurance that the media library or other valuable aspects of our content will be backed up. New voices have shared an interest in where we keep those.
  • The Learn site, and any repo or staging for our lesson plans and live video workshops will need auditing as WordPress updates. 5.5 had quite a few updates to the block editor that are substantial enough to warrant revising content. We need to plot a path for reviewing the team 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. to ensure it is current, and tools within the Learn site or lesson reposrepos The Training Team uses GitHub for working copies of lesson plans. You can find them at https://github.com/wptrainingteam. to audit. @juliekuehl shared a still current and valid option that could work within Learn. (note: We don’t even have using the Block Editor lesson yet.)
  • The Learn site is now a cross-team platform. Let’s get together with a few key players from Community that helped us ship the site. As teams, we need to plot our path forward on maintaining content, interlinking, and more.
  • Workshops per the Training team were intended to be Lesson Plan + Lesson Plan + Lesson Plan = Workshop. We now have video-based workshops. Can we connect them with interlinking?
  • Our team directive was to provide downloadable materials for offline use. Lesson plans, slides, and now videos can all be potentially downloaded in ways that presenters can use offline. Are we still aiming for downloadable content?
    • Note: for slides, that wouldn’t just be a PDF, but also a way to download the related slide deck and display it in a browser, with or without connectivity.
    • @tikolan shared a tool to download slides for lesson plans. I can test that by Thursday, August 20.

For the many many contributors that have passed through the Training team, again, thank you! Props were pulled together on fast notice and can be found where the Learn site launch was announced. This was our first official time giving props for the launch.

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Hey there Training team

I hope you are all faring well through this trying season.  It’s been quite some time since we’ve met.  For those able to join in for a chat, come join in some open office hours at 11am EDT on Monday.  

We’ve got some big news.  So much effort by our team has gone into shipping a new 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.. @man4toman @chetan200891 and @dufresnesteven have done a fantastic job at building out the site.  @juliekuehl and @jessecowens have led this team through the reorganization of our lesson plans moving to our GithubGitHub GitHub is a website that offers online implementation of git repositories that can 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/ repository, and soon we’ll get to see them living on the Learn site as well. It’s possible that the Learn website will be able to soft-launch within one week. 

As WordCamps, Meetups, and other in-person WordPress related events have pivoted through the Coronavirus pandemic, the Community team has reimagined online events, with a new initiative to build community beyond events.  

Moving beyond synchronous events

Using a flipped-classroom model, the Learn site will soon be an organized way to find how-to lessons for a wide range of abilities and goals.  As we compile a series of lessons, contributors can record them and offer video workshops, reinforcing the content with optional real-time discussions.  That can happen online, and in the future as in person-events resume, could happen in the pre-pandemic method we have offered.

Possible Lesson elements:

  • A video presentation about the subject, and a way to download this for offline use as needed
  • Lesson plans for anyone to use when presenting the lesson in person
  • Slides if applicable
  • Links to Support and Developer articles that are relevant to the material
  • A way to rate and review the lesson and content and presentation
  • Participant assessment of confidence, familiarity, and understanding of the content before and after
  • What workshop(s) does this lesson plan connect with?
  • Details for the next online real-time event 
  • Editor-level taxonomyTaxonomy A taxonomy is a way to group things together. In WordPress, some common taxonomies are category, link, tag, or post format. https://codex.wordpress.org/Taxonomies#Default_Taxonomies. in the admin dashboard to help us audit content readily as updates are available

What Training Team Contributors can do:

  • Continue to revise and edit lesson plans
  • Continue to form workshop plans
  • Review applications for presentations (see the application process ideas at https://make.wordpress.org/community/2020/08/06/proposal-workshop-submission-and-review-process-for-learn-wordpress/
    • Presenters must apply
    • Once their video has been produced, it will go through a review for subject matter accuracy as well as production quality before going on to the WordPress.tv team
  • Create training resources for the workflow to contribute to the Learn site and Training team. 
  • Audit lessons as updates become available, documenting what needs to be revised soon.
  • Collaborate with all the teams (after videos are transcribed, lessons can then be translated and localized, with localized recordings available as well)

Where do we go from here?

The Community team is fast at work on organizing real-time online events to extend the lessons and workshops into spaces where participants can engage with instructors.  We’ll hear more about how that goes soon. 

We could set ourselves a goal, as a team, to facilitate one new lesson plan per week.  In time, lessons will culminate into workshops.

As a team, we have an amazing opportunity for cross-team collaboration, assisting instructors and other contributors, and ultimately, to empower others with ways to express their voices online.

Who’s interested? For those able to be present, at 11am EDT/3pm UTC, join me in the Training channel.  Share your ideas in the comments below. 

#learn-wordpress

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Request for Input- WCEU Contributor Day

It’s already time again for WordCamp Europe and 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/.!

Pre-Camp Office Hours

The Training Team will be hosting Office Hours twice ahead of Contributor Day:

Please join us during Office Hours, or during our normal weekly meeting time, Mondays at 2000 UTC. We’ll be hosting these office hours with the specific goal of getting everyone through the Onboarding Process to start contributing.

Input Needed – Contributor Day Focus

The Team so far has identified two possible targets for Contributor Day- Setting Up E-Commerce with WooCommerce or Introduction to Gutenberg. We’re taking a vote in our Slack channel if you’d like to weigh-in or suggest another lesson plan.

#contributor-days, #wceu