Web literacy? (v0.1)

Update: Michelle’s now created a diagram from her original post.

Michelle Levesque asked for feedback on this: Mozilla’s Web Literacy Skills (v0.1 alpha). I wanted to respond as soon as possible as I think she’s done some great work here.

I’ve visualised the text in her post and then tweaked it slightly to suggest the direction I’d take it:

Web literacy? (v0.1)

Click through for a larger version on Flickr.


  • Added ‘participation’ to Exploring
  • Changed ‘bullshit’ to ‘crap’ to avoid offending some people’s sensibilities
  • Changed ‘Restaurant HTML’ to ‘HTML basics’ in Authoring
  • Combined two blocks to form ‘Reacting to stimulii’ in Building
  • Removed ‘Receipe’ize tasks’ in Building
  • Added ‘Civil liberties’ to Protecting
  • Segmented sections into what would form a ‘Basic’ and an ‘Advanced’ badge’

What do you think? What have I (we) missed?

(if you like this you may also be interested in The Essential Elements of Digital Literacies)


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  1. ‘Crap detecting’ has been used in a (possibly slightly different) sense in ‘Teaching as a subversive activity’.ย http://blogs.oregonstate.edu/smedcohort/files/2009/07/Teaching-as-a-Subversive-Activity-Postman.pdf . Could cause confusion?

  2. Have you seen Iowa State’s “Model of Learning Objectives”? http://www.celt.iastate.edu/teaching/RevisedBlooms1.html

  3. Like the modelling.

    Where does mashing fit in? It’s early and I may have missed it.

  4. I wonder whether this can be seen as more than just ‘web’ literacy and can be applied to other forms of digital literacies as well. ย Certainly some blocks may need to be changed but it could work.

  5. Very neat set of concepts and categories.

    Only possible question mark I can think of.
    I’m not sure if calling APIs works out (in practice at least) as very supportive of an open web? I say that in reference to the comments from the TimBL article on Scientific American. Of course you could mean APIs based on open/standards (isn’t this quite rare?). In practice which silo the data then gets locked into is another matter, pretty far from SemWeb I’d suggest.

    • That was one of Michelle’s original concepts. I think it works because it’s a fundamental building block of the web as it is – and therefore necessary to ‘read and write’ in that medium. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Hi Klaus,

      Thanks for the comment. For the benefit of everyone, Henry Jenkins’ essential ‘new skills’ are:
      Distributed Cognition
      Collective Intelligence
      Transmedia Navigation

      You could, indeed, do a mapping exercise on this. For my thesis I didn’t include the work of Jenkins, Seely Brown, Gee, etc. as I think it goes off on a ‘new media’ tangent to digital literacies. I think the same is true here. If you’re focusing on the web, as Mozilla are, then this is useful for guidance but, again, is tangential. ๐Ÿ™‚

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