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Web Literacy Standard: a modest proposal (#weblitstd)

Update: For the latest information on the Web Literacy standard work, head to

Over the last couple of months we at Mozilla have been hosting community calls in an attempt to come to a consensus around a new, open learning standard for Web Literacy. This is a contested area, for many of the reasons I point out in my yet-to-be-published paper on different types of ambiguity.

The reasons for us wanting to create a ‘standard’ for Web Literacy are outlined in this meta-post back in February. Since then we’ve had wide-ranging discussions, both on our weekly calls and on the Mozilla Webmaker list about what to include and, more recently, how to present the whole thing.

What I find fascinating is the importance of context when it comes to this work. This Web Literacy standard needs to to be flexible enough to apply to learners of all ages and stages and in contexts other than those with which we are most familiar. In short, it needs to be productively ambiguous. What do I mean by that? I mean it needs to be flexible enough to work in almost any context, yet be coherent enough to actually be worthwhile.

With that in mind, I want to present a ‘straw man’ which might serve us better than the previous grid:

Web Literacy Standard 'straw man'

Of course, the real fun comes when we get down to nailing down the competencies in each of the boxes. That’s this week’s call. 🙂

Do join us if you can for the weekly calls. The more eyes on this the better before we launch the draft version on April 26th!


Mozilla Web Literacies v0.9 (#mozweblit)

The whole Web Literacies white paper I’ve been working on isn’t completely finished, but the web skills / competencies / literacies grid is certainly usable for playtesting at the Mozilla Festival.

Short URL for sharing:

Browser basics
(e.g. URLs, copy/paste)
HTML basics
(e.g. adding images, linking)
(e.g. etiquette, curation)
(e.g. cookies, privacy controls)
Search engine basics
(e.g. keyword search, filtering)
CSS basics
(e.g. fonts, positioning)
(e.g. co-creation, wikis)
Security basics
(e.g. HTTPS, password management)
Web mechanics
(e.g. view source, hyperlinks)
Web design basics
(e.g. affordances of the web, designing for audiences)
(e.g. social networks, embedding)
Rights online
(e.g. copyright, open licensing)
Browser skills
(e.g. cookie management, add-ons)
Javascript basics
(e.g. programming basics, javascript syntax)
Contributing to web communities
(e.g. distributed working, collaborative curation)
(e.g. personal information curation, tracking management)
(e.g. trustworthiness of websites, evaluating information)
Advanced web design
(e.g. responsive design, accessibility)
(e.g. multimedia, augmentation)
Security & encryption
(e.g. data protection, basic encryption)
(e.g. mashups, hackable games)
(e.g. hosting, domains)
Open practices
(e.g. open standards, open source)
Legalese on the web
(e.g. privacy policies, terms of service agreements)

Thanks to everyone at the Mozilla Foundation (especially on the Learning Team) for their feedback. We’ve also been fortunate enough to have some great input from people like Cathy Davidson, Jon Udell and Howard Rheingold.

Finally, thanks to Jess Klein for the colour scheme and way of setting out the grid and to Erin Knight and Laura Hilliger for their constructive feedback. 🙂