TL;DR: Mozilla is launching a new, open learning standard for Web Literacy. We need your help in finalising the skills involved and providing examples. You can jump in and help here: http://bit.ly/weblitstd-skills
I’ve been a bit quieter on this blog recently. There’s two reasons for that. The first is that I started a new, additional blog at http://literaci.es.
But there’s another reason: we’re reasonably close to a beta release for Mozilla’s new, open learning standard for Web Literacy.
By ‘we’ I mean the close to 50 people who have joined us at various points since February; they’ve helped Carla and me think through the many (and sometimes quite thorny) issues involved. The Mozilla Foundation is a non-profit, community-focused organisation: we need contributions from poeple like those who have volunteered their time and effort so far!
We’re aiming to launching the beta on July 26th. There’s a number of things that need to happen before then that are internal – things like graphic design, press releases and the like. But you can help, too! Here’s how.
Help us define skills
We’ve already got a competency grid (that’s in need of some Design TLC). Right now, though, we’re working on the skills underpinning those competencies. We also need at least a couple of examples of those skills.
You can dive in using the Google Docs and styleguide available from the link below. Please make sure you add/comment rather than delete!
We’ve got a weekly community call every Monday that you’re very welcome to join. Further details of that can be found here.
Image CC BY marc faladeau
This week I’ve been:
Next week I’m at the Mozilla London for the day on Tuesday and Glasgow on Thursday for badge design workshop. Then it’s Maker Faire in Newcastle next weekend! Can’t wait.
This week I’ve been:
- Preparing for the session I’m running with Kate Stokes (Nesta) at SXSWedu.
- Calculating my expenses.
- Explaining to quite a few people that Mozilla doesn’t usually ‘partner’ with other organisations on bids (but that I’m happy to be listed as an advisor).
- Playing lots of games as part of the nomination committee for Mozilla’s Game On competition.
- Writing a book chapter overview for Dave White about the philosophical implications of simultaneously inhabiting physical and virtual worlds.
- Adding descriptions to the articles, blog posts and books in the Web Literacy standard ‘library’.
- Collaborating with my colleagues Carla Casilli and Erin Knight on a vision document for the Web Literacy standard work.
- Discovering Firefox tab groups, courtesy of Laura Hilliger.
- Meeting with builders to discuss my shoffice.
- Responding to conference organisers asking for titles for presentation, preferences for food, accommodation, etc.
- Updating my Lanyrd profile and adding conferences I’m attending over the next few months.
- Sorting out my corporation tax for the now-defunct Synechism Ltd.
- Leading a webinar on Open Badges for the Centre for Recording Achievement. Slides here.
- Hosting the inaugural Mozilla Web Literacy standard community call.
- Speaking to people thinking of using Open Badges for various projects.
Next week I’ll be in Austin, Texas for SXSW 2013. I’m flying out on Sunday and arrive back on Friday. So next week’s update is likely to be a bit shorter…