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Web Literacy standard weekly community calls starting this Thursday

Update: For the latest information on the Web Literacy standard work, head to http://mzl.la/weblitstd


As my colleague Carla Casilli has already blogged, we’re going to be starting weekly calls to flesh out the work around a new, open learning standard for Web Literacy.

If this work that Mozilla’s starting with the community is news to you, then catch up by devouring the information at these three links:

The weekly calls will be on Thursdays at 4pm GMT (which is 8am PST / 11am ET) and you can connect with the details on this etherpad: https://etherpad.mozilla.org/weblitstd-community

If you haven’t already introduced yourself to the Mozilla Webmaker discussion group, then I’d advise doing so ASAP on this thread. All welcome! ๐Ÿ™‚

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Weeknote 08/2013

This week I’ve been:

  • Taking PTO (Paid Time Off or ‘holiday’ as we call it over here). I took Monday off work as it was the first day of the half-term holidays. We went to Belsay.
  • Writing the first draft of a vision document for Mozilla’s Web Literacy standard work.
  • Leading an #etmooc session. I blogged about T3S1: Digital Literacies with Dr. Doug Belshaw (#etmooc) and linked to the recording.
  • Responding to comments on my DMLcentral blog post Why We Need a Learning Standard for Web Literacy
  • Advising how to make your blog posts last forever in the wake of Posterous announcing it’s closing down.
  • Planning more activity around the Web Literacy standard work I’m leading for Mozilla
  • Celebrating being granted planning permission for the ‘shoffice’ we’re going to build at the bottom of the garden.
  • Travelling to London for a couple of days’ work (Thursday/Friday).
  • Speaking at the University of West London about Open Badges. The lecture theatre was packed (standing-room only!) with over 90% students. Slides here.
  • Contributing to the repeated Web Literacy standard kick-off online gathering. You can access the recording via the Mozilla wiki page.
  • Posting to the Mozilla Webmaker Google Group.
  • Planning a presentation and creating a video for the SXSWedu session that Kate Stokes (Nesta) and I are running.
  • Booking flights for the next Mozilla All Hands in Toronto (week beginning 20th May)

Next week it’s nose to the grindstone. I’m at home all week spending a couple of days helping judge the Mozilla Game On competition and planning the start of the Web Literacy standard weekly calls. However, as I’m at SXSWedu (Austin, Texas) and then the DML Conference (Chicago) with only a few days inbetween, I need to get planning! Not only do I need to have the whole ‘arc’ in place for the Web Literacy standard work before DML, I also need to start getting ready for my OER13 keynote and the Nesta One Day Digital (Edinburgh) session that are coming up before the end of March. ๐Ÿ™‚

Two online gatherings you should be part of (today/tomorrow)

Earlier this week I led an #etmooc session on Digital Literacies. The slides for that are here and the video, audio, chat and etherpad archive can be found here. I’m involved in another couple of online gathering-type things in the new literacies arena this week that may also be of interest.

1. Twitter chat for #etmooc

I’m following up the above Digital Literacies #etmooc session with a Twitter chat at 10am PST / 3pm EST / 8pm GMT tomorrow night (Wednesday 20th February 2013). You don’t really need to do anything apart from follow the #etmooc hashtag and tweet accordingly.

2. Web Literacy standard online gathering

A couple of weeks ago we had a great kick-off online gathering for Mozilla’s upcoming work around a new, open learning standard for Web Literacy. There were many who couldn’t attend so we’re running the session again this Thursday (21st February 2013) atย  9am PST / 12pm EST / 5pm GMT.

Further details are at http://weblitstd2.eventbrite.com. The recording of the previous session, along with some of my thoughts around the subject can be found here.

I’d love to see your name pop up at either or both of these events. Do take part if you can! ๐Ÿ™‚

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Recording of my #etmooc session on Digital Literacies now available.

Last night I led (what seemed to be) a well-received session for #etmooc on digital literacies. While you can catch the whole thing again through the Blackboard Collaborate recording, you’ll need Java to do so. That’s why I’ve used the free Publish! tool to create digital artefacts from the session and uploaded them to the Internet Archive.

You should see a video above. If not, click here or try the YouTube version!

Many thanks to all those who took part in the session – and for the kind words in the chat and on Twitter afterwards. I really enjoyed the experience!

Direct links to digital artefacts

Why not (legally) download the whole archive using your favourite bittorrent client? Try uTorrent, for example. ๐Ÿ™‚

Why we need a learning standard for Web Literacy [DMLcentral]

Update: For the latest information on the Web Literacy standard work, head to http://mzl.la/weblitstd


I’m pleased that my latest post for DMLcentral is up. Entitled Why We Need a Learning Standard for Web Literacy I examine how we can best structure ways in which people learn to not only read but write the Web:

When it comes to getting better at using and making the Web the current status quo is problematic for learners. Where do you go if you want to get better at your Web skills? How do you even know what’s important to learn? I would suggest that most of us who count ourselves as ‘Web Literate’ reached that level more by luck than by judgement. I certainly enjoyed the journey, but it’s been an extremely long and meandering path. I think we can do better for learners.

If you’re a regular reader of this blog it’s effectively a repackaged version of what I’ve been banging on about here. Please do add your thoughts on the DMLcentral post – I’ve closed comments here to encourage you to comment over there. ๐Ÿ™‚

PS Don’t forget to attend this Thursday’s Web Literacy standard online gathering!

T3S1: Digital Literacies with Dr. Doug Belshaw (#etmooc)

I’m running my first-ever MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) session on digital literacies as part of #etmooc. Anyone can join in at 8pm GMT on Monday 18th February 2013. The link you need is at Point 4 here. Slides below or on Slideshare!

Weeknote 06/2013

This week I have been mostly:

  • Reading Mindstorms by Seymour Papert.
  • Planning a SXSWedu panel session with Kate Stokes from Nesta.
  • Writing lots of blog posts explaining Mozilla’s (or at least my) thinking around a new, open learning standard for Web Literacy. See this overview post pulling everything together.
  • Preparing for and presenting as part of the kick-off online gathering for the Web Literacy standard. related resources are here.
  • Leading a Vital TeachShare session on Mozilla Webmaker tools. Slides here and the recording (which I’m hoping to have converted into a more Web-friendly format) can be found here.
  • Talking to the University of Hull about Open Badges for skills awards. I’m also in conversations with another university about a badge-based BSc, which is exciting. And the BBC. Badges, badges everywhere!
  • Submitting an IGNITE proposal for the DML Conference 2013 around the Web Literacy standard work. I did one last year (on a different topic) so I’m not sure if that counts for or against me.

Next week I’m a guest of the University of Salford who are interested in exploring Open Badges for various things. And, apart from eating pancakes on Tuesday and being extra-nice to my wife on Thursday, I’m looking forward to catching up with longer-term projects like learning JavaScript. ๐Ÿ™‚

Towards a new, open learning standard for Web Literacy

Update 2: For the latest information on the Web Literacy standard work, head to http://mzl.la/weblitstd


No slides? Click here!

No audio? Click here!


I’ve written a series of blog posts about Mozilla working with the community on creating a new, open learning standard for Web Literacy. I wanted one place to point people towards featuring all the relevant links, so this is it!

Blog posts

Mozilla wiki

Online gathering (7 Feb 2013)

  • Eventbrite (I’ll update this link with the recording later)

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Towards a Web Literacy standard: (4) How?

Update: For the latest information on the Web Literacy standard work, head to http://mzl.la/weblitstd


TL;DR version:ย  Mozilla is working with the community to define a new learning standard for Web Literacy. We’ve got a starting point that we can point people towards. This is something we’ll ask if people feel they can align with. From there we’ll start mapping what’s out there and start charting learning pathways. This is only the beginning! More at: http://mzl.la/weblitstd


Posts in this series:

  1. Introduction
  2. What? Why?
  3. Who?
  4. How?

This post may be seen as slightly premature as we haven’t yet had the kick-off online gathering (tomorrow!) However, I want to give a quick overview of what we at Mozilla believe will be the first steps on the road towards engaging the community towards a proposed new, open learning standard for Web Literacy.

I don’t know if I can make this sort of explanation in a hurry because, as always, when this general substance is discussed, the talk can’t be in general terms but has to vary according to the relationship between one individual and the others, so it amounts practically to beginning all over again at the beginning.

(Italo Calvino, ‘Time and the Hunter’)

As an educator I know that learning is a subjective, messy experience. So why do we need a ‘standard’ for Web Literacy? Isn’t this kind of thing, well, unquantifiable? Wouldn’t a framework limit people’s creativity? What we’re trying to do here isn’t to constrain but to liberate – to allow learners to choose their own pathways and playlists while they level up in their web skills. It should also greatly help teachers, mentors and those creating Web-focused learning resources to see how their work fits into a bigger picture.

A framework for Web Literacy is always going to be what I’d term a ‘convenient hypocrisy’. There’s so many different things we could include – and so many ways of learning it – that a truly comprehensive framework would be impossible to represent. We’re limited to two, or at best three, dimensions when representing a learning standard for Web Literacy!

So how are we going to be about crafting this standard from the amorphous, sometimes confusing and ever-changing Web? Well, we start with the fundamentals. Michelle Levesque, who started off this work talked to a some smart people who influenced this work – and I’ve continued that. Everyone has their own context and way of viewing the Web, making an absolutely-objective-for-all-time framework impossible. What we do hope is possible is that people feel the Web Literacy standard is close enough to what they believe to be able to align with it.

This is how I see the work around a new, open Web Literacy standard playing out in the short term:

  1. Interested people attend the kick-off online gathering andย  join the Google Group for further discussion
  2. A working group made up of community representatives hammers out the first version of a Web Literacy standard framework
  3. Consultation period begins
  4. Organisations and individuals start aligning (badged) learning activities with the Web Literacy standard
  5. Further discussion with the community

In terms of how the ‘alignment’ I’ve spoken of will work in practice, there’s going to be a new metadata field added to the Open Badges specification. Just as, for example, the Common Core State Standards Initiative in the US has a unique URL for each part of their framework (example), so too could the Web Literacy standard framework. Including this information will, of course, be done on a voluntary basis. Doing so would mean that we may be able to build a ‘dashboard’ to enable learners to find out where they can find activities to level-up in their Web skills. Of course, we don’t want to be anything like as prescriptive as the Common Core.

Do people have to issue Open Badges to align with the Web Literacy standard? No! But we hope that doing so will be of value to both them and to learners. A lot of this is up for grabs. But I find that really exciting! A Web Literacy standard can useful in and of itself, but also to have a number of potential spin-off benefits. I, for example, am really interested in how we can find a way to do online peer assessment (including peer critique and peer validation) in an open, rigorous and meaningful way.

Will you join us in creating a new learning standard for Web Literacy? One that provides learners with multiple, interest-based pathways? We hope so! ๐Ÿ™‚

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Towards a Web Literacy standard: (3) Who?

Update: For the latest information on the Web Literacy standard work, head to http://mzl.la/weblitstd


TL;DR version:ย  Mozilla is working with the community to define a new learning standard for Web Literacy. Who should be involved? Anyone that’s interested, but certainly organizations developing learning activities around web skills, as well as those teaching and facilitating in formal or informal education. More here: http://mzl.la/weblitstd


Posts in this series:

  1. Introduction
  2. What? Why?
  3. Who?
  4. How?

In the first post of this series I revealed Mozilla’s intention to work with the community on defining a new, open learning standard for Web Literacy. In the second post of the series I explained what we mean by an ‘open learning standard’ and why, in fact, we need one. In this third post I want to look at who should be involved in this kind of work.

It’s important to say, of course, that anyone can be involved. Even if your job or responsibilities outside of work have nothing to do with teaching and learning the Web, that doesn’t matter. If you’re interested in what we’re doing then you’re definitely welcome and your voice matters. On the flip side, even if standards are your job/thing this might interest you. And that’s OK.

There are some obvious candidates of those who should come along to the kick-off online gathering this Thursday at 11am EST and/or get involved in the discussion group. The first of these would be representatives of organisations producing activities that allow learners to ‘level-up’ in their web skills. The value of being involved for this group of people is that they get to map their work onto a framework that both potentially eases their workload and surfaces their offerings to more learners.

Another group of people who should get involved are those who teach in a formal context. These may be teachers in schools where they want to deliver Web-related learning activities as part of the curriculum; it may mean lecturers in universities who want to ‘break down the walls’ of their classes and enable students to participate from wherever they’re based; it may be mentors in hospitals or prisons where improved Web skills allows learners to connect with others outside of their (fairly static context). We’re interested in a Web Literacy standard informing work in all of these – and other – formal contexts.

A third group of people we think should be involved in helping define a new, open learning standard for Web Literacy are those involved with informal education. This is a wide and diverse group of people including (for example) Scout Leaders, after-school club leaders, and CoderDojo mentors. Instead of the (fantastic) activities already being organised remaining in silos, they can be joined up in meaningful learning pathways or playlists. This can allow learners to go to a wide range of places to level up in their Web Literacy skills.

The great thing about bringing people together as we are around this new, open learning standard for Web Literacy is that it surfaces great work already being done by people. I’m very much looking forward to Thursday and the great conversations that start there.

Join us! ๐Ÿ™‚

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