Learn WordPress Working Group agenda – April 15, 2021 (19:00 UTC)

The Learn WordPress Working Group will hold its next meeting Thursday, April 15, 2021 19:00 UTC. The meeting will take place in the #training channel in the Making WordPress Slack.

If there’s anything else you would like to see added to the agenda, if you’re interested in helping to co-facilitate, or if you’d like to take notes for this meeting, please add a note in the comments.


As a reminder, the Learn WordPress Working Group is a Community and Training cross-team working group that helps to organize discussion groups, review workshop content, and develop improvements to the Learn WordPress website.

New contributors are always welcome! If you’re interested in getting involved, please introduce yourself in the #training team channel or join us for the meeting.

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Improving the Learn WordPress Working Group meetings

It’s been about four months since the Learn WordPress Working Group started meeting at its current frequency and schedule. Immediately after launch, the meetings were very active as we navigated new ideas and brainstorms for Learn’s next steps.

I have the impression that the meetings have been a bit quieter since we’ve started moving from that initial brainstorming phase into planning for and working on many of those ideas. With that in mind, I have two small requests to make to help improve these meetings.

Fill out the Doodle poll for new meeting times

I think it’s a good time for us to revisit our current meeting times – especially since I know there are some other meetings that either overlap or happen right around the same time as the Learn WordPress Working Group meetings. 

Fill out the Doodle

Let’s aim to keep this poll open until Tuesday, April 20th. This gives us enough time to share a reminder in the next Learn WordPress Working Group meeting on April 15, 2021 at 19:00 UTC, as well as sharing a reminder in upcoming Training team and Community team meetings. 

I’ll share the top two times that cover the most timezones by the end of the day that Tuesday so folks can put the meeting into their calendars as soon as possible.

Revisit the format of our current meetings

Currently, the Learn WordPress Working Group meetings typically follow this format:

  • Team check-ins
  • Updates (i.e. announcements or new workshops published)
  • Discussion items
  • Open floor

I’m wondering how others feel about this structure and what’s currently included in the meetings. In particular, it would be helpful to know:

  • How do you feel about the current cadence, length, or format of the Learn WordPress Working Group meetings?
  • What is missing from our current meetings? What is working well?
  • What would make these meetings more meaningful or impactful for you?

In addition to any of the questions shared, please feel welcome to include any others that you feel might be missing.

As always, if you’re interested in helping to facilitate or plan these meetings – or are simply interested in attending – please do share in the comments or reach out in the Training Slack channel!

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Learn WordPress Working Group recap – April 1, 2021

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The agenda for the meeting can be found here.

Attendance: @azhiyadev, @webtechpooja, @meher, @courane01, @onealtr, @ashiquzzaman, @evarlese

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Feedback requested

  • @nao shared a recap of the current workshop vetting process and some suggestions for improvement.
  • There’s also a post to review and add new suggestions to the workshop Content Wishlist.
  • Using a form that populates the spreadsheet may make it easier for folks to add new ideas to the Content Wishlist.
  • Suggesting distinct workshop topics – and recording each topic separately – will help with updating videos in the future, especially for keeping the UXUX UX is an acronym for User Experience - the way the user uses the UI. Think ‘what they are doing’ and less about how they do it. up-to-date in screen recordings.
  • 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. is a good option for tracking updates to workshops that are in progress.
  • Using a posts or pages to track, as well, may be more accessible since it doesn’t require a new tool.

Contributor roles

  • From the March 2021 sprint Team Functionality Goals, @courane01, @azhiyadev, @evarlese, and @andreamiddleton have drafted a contributor ladder that includes contributor roles for the Training team and the Learn WordPress Working Group (based on Observations on WordPress Contributor Team Structure).
  • Those will be included in both the Training and Learn WordPress team Handbooks.
  • Identifying team roles also helps to identify access and permissions needed for any custom user roles for the Learn WordPress site.
  • Part of identifying custom user roles is to try to identify ways to acknowledge contributions, i.e. badges – especially if some of these can be automated.
  • For next steps, @azhiyadev and @evarlese are going to work on a proposal to scope user roles and permissions based on the team roles.

Open discussion

  • @courane01 shared an overview of work she’s been doing to scope WordPress developer education, including programming languages and familiarity.
  • She’s working towards formatting it into a flowchat/map in the future that can be used as a resource by the Training team and others.

If there’s anything else you would like to see added to the notes, if you’d like to volunteer for or have thoughts on any of the action items, or if you’re interested in helping to facilitate or take notes for future meetings, please add a note in the comments or ask any questions in the Slack channel!


As a reminder, the Learn WordPress Working Group is a Community and Training cross-team working group that helps to organize discussion groups, review workshop content, and develop improvements to the Learn WordPress website.

New contributors are always welcome! If you’re interested in getting involved, check out the Learn WordPress Get Involved page, introduce yourself in the #training team channel, or join one of the upcoming working group meetings.

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Learn WordPress Working Group agenda – April 1st, 2021 (15:00 UTC)

The Learn WordPress Working Group will hold its next meeting Thursday, April 1, 2021 at 15:00UTC. The meeting will take place in the #training channel in the Making WordPress Slack.

If there’s anything else you would like to see added to the agenda, if you’re interested in helping to co-facilitate, or if you’d like to take notes for this meeting, please add a note in the comments.


As a reminder, the Learn WordPress Working Group is a Community and Training cross-team working group that helps to organize discussion groups, review workshop content, and develop improvements to the Learn WordPress website.

New contributors are always welcome! If you’re interested in getting involved, please introduce yourself in the #training team channel or join us for the meeting.

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Learn Workshops: Revisiting the content wishlist

As part of the beta launch for Learn WordPress, the Learn WordPress Working Group compiled a number of ideas for workshops/videos and course content on 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..

It’s been a while since we re-visited this list and many topics in the wishlist have already been incorporated into workshops. Likewise, I know I have personally received workshop ideas or requests from discussion group attendees looking to grow in a specific area of their WordPress skills. I imagine I’m not the only one!

Having a wishlist of workshop items – and, potentially, courses – can also help new contributors get involved. A clear list of content needs and wants for Learn WordPress workshops acts as a list of actionable items for folks to get involved more easily.

With that in mind, I’d like to propose two actions:

  • Review the Content Wishlist tab in this Google spreadsheet. What other ideas can, or should, be added to this list? Is there anything that should be removed, i.e. because it’s covered by another resource on the site? One thing I’ve noticed in particular is that we have a lot of “Beginner” content but not a lot of “Intermediate” or “Advanced” content on the list. New ideas there may help to encourage a wider variety of workshops.
  • Re-visit the existing format. Is the Google spreadsheet helpful, or is there a more visible format we can switch to? For example, a highlighted 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/. post, 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., a Google spreadsheet with a link in the Training blog sidebarSidebar A sidebar in WordPress is referred to a widget-ready area used by WordPress themes to display information that is not a part of the main content. It is not always a vertical column on the side. It can be a horizontal rectangle below or above the content area, footer, header, or any where in the theme.. Likewise, it might be useful to include prioritization or categorization to help sort workshop ideas.

I see many benefits to keeping these calls for ideas open on a rolling basis, so anyone can add suggestions at any point. With that in mind, feel free to add workshop ideas directly into the Content Wishlist tab and/or leave a comment on this post with input, suggestions, or feedback on the format or any other related ideas.

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Learn WordPress Working Group recap – March 18, 2021

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Agenda for the meeting.

Upcoming meetings

Meeting recap

Tuesday Training: Live session about Learn WordPress

  • Earlier this week, @courane01, @azhiyadev, and @evarlese participated in a Community team discussion organized by @harishanker.
  • The discussion focused on what Learn WordPress is and how resources available on Learn can benefit 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.
  • @courane01 found it helpful to talk through all of the different possibilities when coming up with ideas to talk about (i.e. using lesson plans, viewing a workshop video together, etc.)
  • You can see a recording of the discussion in the original post here.
  • @evarlese mentioned potentially including the video in the Learn WordPress Handbook as an ongoing resource to refer to, as well.

Learn WordPress Handbook

  • @camikaos published the Learn WordPress Handbook a few weeks ago after hosting a sprint to collaborate on the documentation.
  • The most helpful way to contribute right now is to review the Handbook for any pages or documentation that may be missing or if there is anything that could be more clear.
  • @azhiyadev is also working on the Training Handbook. The Training Handbook focuses on the operations of the Training team and the Learn WordPress Handbook focuses on how to use Learn WordPress.
  • @evarlese suggested a few potential pages that we could add, including how to add a quiz, how to come up with ideas for workshops, and how to find co-collaborators or co-presenters.
  • New volunteers and contributions are still welcome to help with any of these items!
  • Once both Handbooks are more complete, we may want to check for places to cross-reference useful materials from both.

Learn WordPress functionality roadmap

  • There’s been some progress on the Learn WordPress roadmap we track in Trello, including that the RevisionsRevisions The WordPress revisions system stores a record of each saved draft or published update. The revision system allows you to see what changes were made in each revision by dragging a slider (or using the Next/Previous buttons). The display indicates what has changed in each revision. 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 now active on both the Training team blog and Learn WordPress 🎉
  • This tool allows for setting up scheduled updates to posts, i.e. to align an update to a lesson plan or workshop with a WordPress coreCore Core is the set of software required to run WordPress. The Core Development Team builds WordPress. release.
  • It is still in 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., so people are welcome to test and add feedback.
  • @courane01 mentioned having some ideas around extending functionality to an audit tool (for keeping content up-to-date) and @azhiyadev offered to help by taking notes on a call to talk through those ideas.
  • @andreamiddleton also shared an update on work she’s been doing to build a contributor ladder along with the Training team reps.
  • She shared the draft contributor ladder (in the #training channel), which is based on the Observations on WordPress Contributor Team Structure post.
  • Once finished, these team roles will live in both the Learn WordPress and Training Handbooks, and will also help the team to scope out badges/acknowledging contributions and user permissions.
  • For roles specific to the Learn WordPress Working Group, we talked about potentially linking those to related roles on the Training or Community teams, specifically for setting user access or permissions.

If there’s anything else you would like to see added to the notes, if you’d like to volunteer for or have thoughts on any of the action items, or if you’re interested in helping to facilitate or take notes for future meetings, please add a note in the comments or ask any questions in the Slack channel!


As a reminder, the Learn WordPress Working Group is a Community and Training cross-team working group that helps to organize discussion groups, review workshop content, and develop improvements to the Learn WordPress website.

New contributors are always welcome! If you’re interested in getting involved, check out the Learn WordPress Get Involved page, introduce yourself in the #training team channel, or join one of the upcoming working group meetings.

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Learn WordPress Working Group agenda – March 18, 2021 (19:00 UTC)

The Learn WordPress Working Group will hold its next meeting Thursday, March 18, 2021 19:00 UTC. The meeting will take place in the #training channel in the Making WordPress Slack.

If there’s anything else you would like to see added to the agenda, if you’re interested in helping to co-facilitate, or if you’d like to take notes for this meeting, please add a note in the comments.


As a reminder, the Learn WordPress Working Group is a Community and Training cross-team working group that helps to organize discussion groups, review workshop content, and develop improvements to the Learn WordPress website.

New contributors are always welcome! If you’re interested in getting involved, please introduce yourself in the #training team channel or join us for the meeting.

#learnwg

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Recap for Learn WordPress Working Group meeting – March 4, 2021

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Agenda for the meeting.

Attendees: @_dorsvenabili, @daisyo, @paaljoachim, @azhiyadev, @evarlese

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Check-in/Announcements

Learn WordPress Handbook

  • The first draft of the Learn WordPress Handbook is published!
  • This Handbook focuses on how to contribute workshops, courses, and discussion groups to Learn WordPress.
  • The current draft is based on the feedback and contributions from the recent Learn WordPress Handbook sprint.
  • For next steps, we still need contributors who can help with reviewing the Handbook, especially:
    • Checking for any typos, errors, or inconsistencies.
    • Highlighting any material that is missing or unclear.
  • The Training team is also working on updating the Training Handbook, which focuses on lesson plan development.
    • For volunteers interested in helping to review and update the Training Handbook, please share a message in the #training Slack channel for access to the shared Google Doc.

Slides Plugin

  • The Training team has been exploring a possible plugin to help add slides functionality to Learn WordPress for lesson plans since moving lesson plans over from 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/.
  • For the Training team, this would provide an accessible, open-source tool to help the team continue to add new slides and resources to lesson plans.
  • Requiring 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 for workshop-related slides may act as a barrier to contribution, but it could be added as a resource in the Learn WordPress Handbook to help workshop presenters with selecting tools (similar to how tools for recording workshops are shared).

Training’s March 2021 Sprint

  • The Training team is exploring the use of sprints for planning and has published the plan for March 2021.
  • For the Learn WordPress Working Group, there’s overlap for both teams in the “Sprint Team Functionality Goals” and “Sprint Functionality of Learn Goals.”
  • @evarlese also added a meta-learn Roadmap to the Learn WordPress Trello.
    • The functionality in the list is based on ideas shared in our brainstorming sessions from the beginning of the year, with some helpful input on priority and estimates from folks in #meta-learn.
    • This should help the teams to use this 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. board as a canonical resource for feature and functionality requests for Learn WordPress.

New course proposal

  • @daisyo shared a course idea on building a 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. theme and raised some questions about how best to approach submitting the idea, as the idea is to start with a lesson plan first, and later develop that into workshops.
  • For future course proposals, a proposal is to share/submit through the workshop application form and/or share with Training team members if there’s a lesson plan component.
  • For this course specifically, the goal is to write a recap, in the end, to highlight what works well and what’s needed in this process for future course proposals.

If there’s anything else you would like to see added to the notes, if you’d like to volunteer for or have thoughts on any of the action items, or if you’re interested in helping to facilitate or take notes for future meetings, please add a note in the comments or ask any questions in the Slack channel!


As a reminder, the Learn WordPress Working Group is a Community and Training cross-team working group that helps to organize discussion groups, review workshop content, and develop improvements to the Learn WordPress website.

New contributors are always welcome! If you’re interested in getting involved, check out the Learn WordPress Get Involved page, introduce yourself in the #training team channel, or join one of the upcoming working group meetings.

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Learn WordPress Working Group agenda – March 4, 2021 (15:00 UTC)

The Learn WordPress Working Group will hold its next meeting Thursday, March 4, 2021 15:00UTC. The meeting will take place in the #training channel in the Making WordPress Slack.

  • Welcome/introductions
  • Contributor updates and check-ins
    • What have you been working on since the last meeting?
    • Do you have any blockers? What can the team help with?
  • Announcements
  • Learn WordPress Handbook
    • The first draft has been published.
    • We still need: feedback on the existing docs, edits/proofreading, and suggestions for any missing content.
  • Slides proposal
    • Input: would a slides 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 be useful for workshops?
  • Coordinating with Training’s March 2021 sprint
  • Open floor/discussion

If there’s anything else you would like to see added to the agenda, if you’re interested in helping to co-facilitate, or if you’d like to take notes for this meeting, please add a note in the comments.


As a reminder, the Learn WordPress Working Group is a Community and Training cross-team working group that helps to organize discussion groups, review workshop content, and develop improvements to the Learn WordPress website.

New contributors are always welcome! If you’re interested in getting involved, please introduce yourself in the #training team channel or join us for the meeting.

#learnwg

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Recap for Learn WordPress Working Group meeting – February 18, 2021

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Attendees: @camikaos, @paaljoachim, @oglekler, @evarlese

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Announcements

Learn WordPress Handbook

  • @camikaos hosted a sprint for the Learn WordPress Handbook last week.
  • The sprint focused on reviewing the existing Handbook drafts and adding in/making edits based on feedback.
  • For next steps, there is still a need for additional contributors to review and add any suggestions or edit to the draft Handbook pages.
    • For access to the Google doc to review and comment on the draft, please ask in the #training channel.
  • From the sprint, one item to be decided is where the Handbook should live: on the Make/Training team blog (this site) or in Learn WordPress itself.

Design UIUI UI is an acronym for User Interface - the layout of the page the user interacts with. Think ‘how are they doing that’ and less about what they are doing./UXUX UX is an acronym for User Experience - the way the user uses the UI. Think ‘what they are doing’ and less about how they do it. Review for Learn WordPress

  • Some Design team members have left feedback on the Review/Feedback Request: UX for learn.wordpress.org with suggested changes and/or improvements. Those include:
    • Making changes to the text on the home page, especially to clarify workshops and lesson plans.
    • Organizing content around topics and categories for both lesson plans and workshops in a unified way.
    • Revising the home page layout to highlight calls to action/content types differently.
  • @paaljoachim shared some additional thoughts/feedback on the terminology for workshops, as well, and plans to brainstorm some thoughts around definitions.
  • As a next step, the idea is to write up a proposal/post for the team to review and discuss the text on the home page, whether to make changes, and review how that aligns with Learn WordPress’ goals and mission.

Action Items

If there’s anything else you would like to see added to the notes, if you’d like to volunteer for or have thoughts on any of the action items, or if you’re interested in helping to facilitate or take notes for future meetings, please add a note in the comments or ask any questions in the Slack channel!


As a reminder, the Learn WordPress Working Group is a Community and Training cross-team working group that helps to organize discussion groups, review workshop content, and develop improvements to the Learn WordPress website.

New contributors are always welcome! If you’re interested in getting involved, check out the Learn WordPress Get Involved page, introduce yourself in the #training team channel, or join one of the upcoming working group meetings.

#learnwg

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