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: 20 March 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: 3 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: 12 April 2023

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

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Training Team Meeting Recap for January 10, 2023

Slack Log for Meeting (Tuesday 07:00 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. You can set one up if you don’t have a Slack account.)

Here is the meeting agenda we followed.

Introductions and Welcome

20 people attended this week’s meeting, either live or async: @webtechpooja @chetan_200891 @onlykawshar @amitpatelmd @pitamdey @askaryabbas @psykro @bsanevans @karthickmurugan @ronakganatra @piyushmultidots @piyopiyofox @sadmansakibnadvi @onealtr @rudlinkon @robinwpdeveloper @sagarladani @lada7042 @eboxnet @courtneypk

We welcomed 8 newcomers to the Training Team this week! @mahbubshovan @jeetsoni24 @rajinsharwar @minervainfotech @evenimous @karthickmurugan @nidhidhandhukiya @aseemtharzen


News

Meeting Note Takers

The following people have volunteered to take notes for the team.

Please let a team repTeam Rep A Team Rep is a person who represents the Make WordPress team to the rest of the project, make sure issues are raised and addressed as needed, and coordinates cross-team efforts. know if you’d like to take notes, too!

2022 Year in review / Achievements

The team took some time to recognize our achievements from 2022. (See Training Team Goals for 2022 to see what those goals were.) Here are the achievements we listed:

Training Team: Discovering our Values

Come join @angelasjin and @bsanevans on January 23rd to discover the Training Team’s shared values!

Faculty Program Update

You can find last month’s updates from Faculty members on December 2022 Faculty Meeting.

Learning Needs Analysis

Check out the post above to understand the history and progress of the team’s desire to conduct a Needs Analysis. And if you haven’t taken the Individual Learner Survey yet, please do!

Bite-Sized Content on Learn

Conversations have started around creating 1 minute long videos on Learn. (Similar to TikTok videos, but about WordPress and hosted on Learn.) There is interest in collaborating with the Marketing Team on these, too. A blog post on the topic will come soon.

Change considered regarding the Settings icon in the editor 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.

Discussions are happening around the settings icon seen in the editor. Please contributed directly to this GitHub thread with your thoughts.

Projects

Two projects gave updates at this week’s meeting.

  1. Find the Content Localization Foundations project’s update on their project thread.
  2. The Training Team Onboarding Paths project members have a check in call next Monday. They should have draft onboarding documents ready for the team to review next week.

Open Discussions

Should we move the Learn WordPress feed out of the training Slack channel and into a new channel?

Each time a new piece of content is published on Learn WordPress, there is a notification in the training Slack channel. This was initially set up to notify team members of activity on the site when there wasn’t a lot of activity yet in the channel.

However, now that there is more activity in the Slack channel, and much more content getting published regularly, the idea was raised to remove these notices out of the training channel and into its own new channel.

If you have thoughts about this, please comment below.


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

#learn-wordpress, #localization, #meeting-recap, #needs-analysis, #onboarding

Project Overview: Individual Learning Survey for the Needs Analysis

Background

In the #training Slack channel, the idea for a Needs Analysis raised since early 2019. A more detailed idea of how to approach this came in Slack in mid 2021 and a post titled Learn WordPress: User Survey & Focus Groups reached out to the community to provide their anonymous feedback through a survey and more detailed input via focus groups about the 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/ website.

The work from that project led to this Design Recommendations Report (DRR).

In January 2021, the idea to brainstorm a new learning needs analysis was brought up in the team. During the 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/. at 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 2022, the Training Team table began discussing what this could look like. We created this rough draft document to help us shape the questions and define the objective of the needs analysis. From this, the team drafted a Google form document with the questions.

While creating the initial survey drafts, the team noticed that there was too much branching occurring as we focused on creating questions aimed at who we thought are the target audience  (e.g.,. if dev -> this question etc). In the end, we felt that it would be better to take a step back and identify first the target audiences and then design specific surveys for the different audiences to gain more details about the different needs people may have from the resources at Learn.WordPress.org. This is how the Individual Learner Survey was born as a first step to a more holistic and targeted Needs Analysis survey.

The Individual Learner survey first existed on Google Forms, but due to GDPR concerns we worked to move it to CrowdSignal. The Individual Learner Survey was launched on Crowdsignal on September 7, 2022.

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.

Stakeholders

Who are we doing the Needs Analysis for: users, extenders, influencers, and contributors of the WordPress project.

Also visit the post: Who can Learn WordPress help

  • Users
  • WordPress 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. Software Project
    • Project executive leadership
    • Make teams
    • Contributors
    • 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. and WordCamp organizers
  • Extenders with businesses related to WordPress
  • Informal WordPress community gatherings (social media groups, owned forums/events/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/./socials)

Representation of Stakeholders

The Training Team aspire to have representation from diverse organizations and individuals within and beyond the WordPress ecosystem, including:

  • Scale/sizes of organizations
  • Locales
  • Freelancer marketplace
  • Enterprise/agency
  • Product and service providers (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/theme devs, SaaS, Integrations)
  • WP Communicators (bloggers, podcasters, hosts)
  • Hiring organizations (contract or employer)
  • External trainers/instructors 
  • 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), Internationalization, and Diversity
  • Open Source Software

Tasks

  • Planning
  • Marketing the survey
  • Conducting the survey
  • Reviewing and analyzing the survey data
  • Discussing the results
  • Publishing next steps

Active Project

For more information on the active Needs Analysis project, please see the upcoming Project Thread (to be published shortly after this post. I will edit this post to include the link when it is published).

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

#needs-analysis

#learn-wordpress, #project-overview