Welcome to the WordPress Workshop Challenge, our Training team’s first global contributor drive! The goal of this challenge is to make it easier for anyone to prepare our workshops and teach others to get started with WordPress. This one takes a little more planning than the last two, so we’re being flexible on the dates. As long as you get feedback to us by March 31st, then we will count you in the challenge!

What You’ll Need to Participate:

  • A 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 – Log in at wordpress.org/support. If you don’t already have an account there, create one.
  • A WordPress.org 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 – If you are not already on it, join the WordPress.org Slack instance for contributors. This is the group chat room application we use for all WordPress contributor teams, and is where the Training team will be available to answer questions while you prep the materials.
  • A small group of new-to-WordPress (or at least new-ish) folks who are ready to do some learning!
  • A space that can hold the number of people you plan to teach.
  • A/V and projector capabilities are preferable, but not required.

What to Do When You’re Ready to Start

  • Add yourself to the challenge spreadsheet. Pick an empty row and enter your name, wordpress.org username, slack username, and location. Once you’ve gotten the details worked out, add a link to the event page itself (whether it’s on 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. or Eventbrite, etc) — this will give us an easier way to track your work when we tally the results at the end of the month. If you are not on this spreadsheet, we won’t have a way to credit you for your participation, so do this first!
  • Join the #training channel and introduce yourself to any team members (and/or other challenge takers) who might be online to let them know you are starting your prep and don’t hesitate to ask questions as you go.
  • This page has a link to the collected lessons that are in the workshop and how they are organized: https://make.wordpress.org/training/testing-modules/lesson-plans-to-test/
  • Prepare for your Workshop! There’s a little more info about prep here, although you can skip steps 1 and 2 since you’ve already done those. 🙂
  • Submit your feedback! https://make.wordpress.org/training/testing-modules/testing-feedback/

What Sort of Feedback Are We Looking For?

There are lots of things that we need feedback on that we aren’t even aware of. That’s why we need your help! But there are certainly a few things we do want to know all about.

  • Time to instruct as well as student work time
  • Any out of date information
  • Any words/terms that caused confusion
  • Any lesson plan modifications you had to do (skipping, rearranging, additions)
  • Contingent lessons that are out of order
  • Missing content
  • “tips” or “warnings” that could be included

Can’t Test in March?

We need people to test throughout the year, so you can still help us out even if it’s not this month. Only workshop tests completed in March, though, will be considered part of this challenge. 🙂