- guild: beautiful websites guild
WordPress learning project
Vision In Q1 2014 we want to start the learning circle Making Beautiful Websites (e.g. WordPress for beginners). We have set up a WordPress sandbox and contacted a professional WordPress trainer to help us with the first steps.
Participants of the learning circle are intrinsic motivated to learn, work and share about the topic. Motivation could be to learn collectively more about ICT / making websites and/or to be able to earn an income using ICT in assignment for (local) NGOs, companies or governmental bodies.
All participants must commit themselves to work on the website at least 4 hours a week (to prevent that someone messed up something, and won’t repair it for instance). It is also proposed to start with all participants at once, new participants can join the next starting group, to prevent slowing down.
|Product backlog-item||Issue holder||Buddy||Status|
|Hosting of www.ruralweb.info and sand box to learn in||Inemarie||Cheryl||Ruralweb.info remains under admin of Cheryl, http://ruralsandbox.info was registered for learning purposes|
|Meeting Making Beautiful Websites with Kim Nooij, techsupportghana.net @ 6 jan||Inemarie||Tim||Done, results can be read on this page|
|Install WordPress||participants||Cheryl||Done on RuralSandbox|
|Have usernames and inlog for all participants||participants||Cheryl|
|Test the WordPress||Tim||Richmond?||Done on RuralSandbox|
|Use agile style of working (see: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scrum_(development)||Tim||Inemarie|
|Looking for (Dutch) ICT experts that can give feed-back on websites and answer questions:
Possible through Wikiversity guild and Facebook and/or a forum in the sandbox NB: make sure information that is relevant for online participants is shared on an open platform too!
NB: mapping coaches’ and RuralWeb’s supporters expertise once we are working, so that we know what questions to ask whom. Once working as a business, we might hire free-lancers if needed to fulfil a paid assignment.
|Start & lead Learning circle Making Beautiful websites (pilot)
1) Questions to Richard and/or Richmond from Soft Productions Africa
2) Richard and/or Richmond from Soft Productions Arfica and Cheryl fine tune about:
|Soft Productions Africa?||Cheryl|
|Learning circles Making Beautiful Websites (social business) – possibilities:
NB: research what technology local companies use (does cloud tech. work in Africa?), what are their requirements for a website and ICT tools.
|Soft Productions Africa?||Inemarie|
|All steps will be noted (in text, slide share, or video) for others to learn online as well (screen shots + explanation in slide share, team viewer)||participants||Soft Productions Africa?|
|Content of Learning Circle
- Start with basics / something simple that teaches you systematic thinking E.g. add content to Wordpress (text, pictures, video, etc) – looks great, simple in use, shared open source philosophy). When students are really interested, they will look for more and more complex information to learn.
- According to questions of the learning circle choose other subjects and technologies they want to learn.
-According to assignments: the assignment giver will have certain requirements a website should have, which will give new questions for information.
- Lessons learnt are shared online ( Wikiversity and Facebook) making videos of lessons; slide shares, screen shots etc.
- Example from techsupport Ghana
|participants||Soft Productions Africa?|
|Evaluate the way we work after 1 month||Soft Productions Africa?||participants|
- Who wants to participate? – we can ask this question at Facebook group
- Input from Ghanaian and Ugandan partners online or through skype and when expected?
- Offline or also involve online participants?
- Who will take the lead in the project?
1) We learn together about making websites (programming, design, content management).
2) With what we learn, we can later on go for small collective assignments (small fee, no hard deadline).
3) Those who become ICT experts can earn an income through offering ICT skills to companies, NGOs and other organisations (collectively under RuralWeb-umbrella or on their own).
+ ICT coaches in programming, design, content management, marketing, and organisation (to accelerate learning and bring in new ICT knowledge) will be asked to support with their time and expertise (around 4h/week) to answer specific questions or give feed-back on an learning circle product.
Here you can find some websites we could improve:
|Website||Url||Next action/ status||Actionholder||Buddy|
|RuralWeb-website||http://www.ruralweb.info||see RuralWeb website for more info; next action: contact RuralWeb organisation and ask if they are interested in improving the website||Inemarie||Tim|
|RuralWeb sand box||http://ruralsandbox.info||Can be used to practice WordPress, Drupal, Concrete5||Cheryl||Tim|
|FSAN||http://www.fsan.nl/||contact FSAN and ask if they are interested in improving the website||Inemarie||Tim|
|Wonder||http://www.wonder.nl/||they might be interested ; tbc||Inemarie||Tim|
|Football portal||http://www.nascointernationalsportsclub.com/||see football portal for more info||Richmond||Tim|
- find more organisations: find more organisations which websites can be improved. E.g. Dutch NGOs, or local companies, NGOs and governemental bodies. (Should we focus on companies in the development cooperation business?)
- first contact:
- we can offer an analysis of the current website
- possible questions before the analysis:
- what software is used for the current website? is this software easy to use? is other software a possibility? which software?
- what should the new website look like? can we interview some people in the organisation about the wishes of the new website
- how much budget is available to improve the website?