On-stage at the Mozilla Festival on Saturday, Brett Gaylor and Chris Lawrence announced a number of updates and additional features of webmaker.org.
One of these, I’m delighted to report, was the Web Literacy Standard specification – something I’ve been working on since the beginning of the year with Carla Casilli and an awesome community of stakeholders.
Here’s the short (not-quite-tweet-length) description:
The Web Literacy Standard: a map of the territory for the skills and competencies Mozilla and community think are important to get better at to more effectively read, write & participate on the Web.
So what can you do with it in practice?
- Issue Open Badges that align with it (using the ‘alignment’ metadata field)
- Tag stuff with headings from the competency grid
- Write curricula influenced by it.
If you know other languages, please do help with the localisation work for this and other parts of Webmaker. Finally, please do join us every other Monday as we seek to improve this. Further details here.
PS I wrote up MozFest.
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
I’m excited to announce that, after some fabulous work by my colleagues and the community, the first draft of Mozilla’s Web Literacy standard is now available:
We’ll be launching a ‘beta’ version in June which will be flesh out the competency-level grid and descriptors that make up this tentative first release.
The best way of thinking about the grid is as the areas that we think it’s important to pay attention to when teaching others how to read, write and participate on the Web.
I’d like to thank those who have been involved in this (ongoing) process and I’m very much looking forward to hearing further feedback, which you can give in several ways:
- In the comments below
- Using this feedback form
- On the weekly community calls
Please do feel share to share the URL at top of this post with your networks. It would be good to get as many eyes on this as possible. 🙂
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