Learning area documentation plan

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MDN is a well-known resource for web developers. MDN has, historically, focused mostly on advanced and intermediate web developers, with very little content specifically for those who are new to web development (or a specific skill). This gap leads new developers to use other sites to learn basic skills. The Learning Area project on MDN will address this gap by creating a new "zone" for beginners (and those expanding their current skills). The goal of the project is to create a curriculum for learning web development, with great content, examples, and ways to test your knowledge.

See the Documentation status page for detailed information about the current state of this content.

Team

Jeremie
Project leader.
klez
Glossary topic driver
biraj
Glossary mentors

Join the project

MDN is built by you, the reader! If you'd like to help make this documentation real, we'd like to hear from you. You may contact the writing team by clicking on their names above, or on our mailing list. If you're a new MDN contributor, please have a look at our contributor guide. You can also join the conversation in our IRC channel, #mdn.

Any one who wants to get involved with this project is welcome. This page provides information about the project and its progress. Everything is discussed directly on the dev-mdc mailing list. A weekly meeting is held every Monday to discuss the progress and planning of the project.

Jeremie is the resource leading that project, feel free to contact with any questions. He's available, for sure, on IRC every Monday (European time) on the various MDN channels (#mdn, #mdndev) and more.

Goals

The overall goals of the project are:

  • Improve the discoverability of beginner contents: We have some existing contents but it is pretty hard to find. We need to organize it in a better way for beginners.
  • Improve the quantity of beginner contents: While writing we mainly focus on average and advanced users. As a consequence, we lack some serious beginner oriented contents. We need to write those missing contents and organize them with the existing contents to make easier for everybody to access and contribute to them.
  • Improve the quality of beginner contents: Still, we have some existing content for beginners but we need to organize it, complete it and make it more appealing.
  • Make sure beginners are taught well during their journey to the Web: MDN is not the only resource out there to learn the Web. Beyond our own contents, it's part of the Mozilla mission to help discover and found useful good resources to learn about the web.

Success metrics

In order to get some rational measurement about the success of our actions, the following metrics are suggested:

  • Measure the increase number of unique visitors on beginner contents:
    That would be a good sign that our beginner contents is easier to reach. For 2015, we expect to get 580 000 unique visitors to our Learn zone and Glossary by the end of the year.
  • Measure the increase number of returning visitors on beginner contents:
    That would be a good sign that the beginners content is appealing for them.
  • Measure the increase of time per page on the beginners content:
    That would be a sign that more beginners read and learn from that content.
  • Measure the decrease of bounce rate on the beginners content:
    That would be a sign that more beginners read and learn more from content on MDN
  • Measure bounce to third party resources we selected:
    That would be the sign that more users trust MDN as a reliable source of information regarding third party content.
  • Measure the increase of incoming links to MDN beginner contents:
    That would be the sign that MDN is considered as a trustable resource for beginners.

In addition, we should try to gather direct feedback on the improvements which are to be made.

Note: This project is action-driven, not time-driven. This means that we will do what needs to be done to create this content, regardless of how long it takes. However, to avoid being bogged down in this project forever, it is broken down into small, actionable steps which let us measure progress frequently.

Target milestones

The year 2014 was dedicated to organize and set up the Glossary and Learn zone in order to have a place to start.

Plan for 2015 are the following:

  1. Glossary improvement
    1. Continue to add new terms.
    2. Create topic glossaries for specific area of knowledge through tagging and kumascript.
  2. Learn zone improvement
    1. Clean up or create web technologies tutorials for beginners (HTML, CSS, JS, and SVG).
    2. Create a new learning pathway to help beginners creating mobile web sites.
  3. Contribution improvement
    1. Better shape and organize contribution
    2. Better coordinate works with WebMaker
    3. Better advertise the project.

Note: The planning and sharing of information about concreate tasks to do in the project are done through a trello board. Each contributor is free to use it to organize it's one contribution.

Documents needed

See the "How to contribute" dedicated page.

Status

Weekly meeting

We hold a weekly project meeting, which everyone's welcome to attend. The meeting is held in the #mdn IRC channel every Monday at 10:00 AM PDT (18:00 UTC, 19:00 CET).

Agenda and notes: WikiMo

Work in progress

See the trello board and the docĀ  status pages:

2014 Archives

Done

Status reports

References

Existing content

Existing sites for beginners

These web sites are potential sources of inspiration when creating content for new Web developers.

English

French

Other notes

The following ideas are not critical for the project but could be some very nice enhancements.

  • Add a "search per level" option on our search engine
  • Add a more advance code samples tool

Document Tags and Contributors

Contributors to this page: Jeremie, Sheppy
Last updated by: Jeremie,
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