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. 🙂
Navigating the Web
- Navigation – using software tools to browse the Web
- Web Mechanics – understanding the Web ecosystem
- Credibility – critically evaluating information found on the Web
- Search – locating information, people and resources via the Web
- Security – keeping systems, identities, and content safe
Creating for the Web
- Composing for the Web – creating content (including text, images, audio and video) making use of Web technologies such as hyperlinks
- Remixing – using existing (openly-licensed) content to create something new or modified
- HTML – reading and writing HyperText Markup Language using the building blocks of the Web
- CSS – reading, writing, testing and applying Cascading Style Sheets to change the visual appearance of HTML
- Design & accessibility – creating universally effective communications through digital artifacts</li>
- Coding/scripting – creating interactive experiences through digital artifacts for the Web
- Infrastructure – understanding the Internet stack and how to host your own data
Participating on the Web
- Sharing & Collaborating – providing access to digital artifacts, understanding data ownership and jointly curating or creating content
- Community participation – getting involved in Web communities, understanding and respecting online norms and practices
- Privacy – working with intellectual property, examining and understanding the consequences of sharing data online
- Open practices – championing, creating, and protecting the Web as a platform for democratic, universally accessible innovation
Update: For the latest information on the Web Literacy standard work, head to http://mzl.la/weblitstd
The grid below is one that I came up early on Saturday morning after conversations with my colleagues and after reflecting upon last week’s discussion.
- Visual size of the elements (in attempt to show potential dependencies/conceptual ‘size’ of the competencies)
- Added an iterated version of the community-created strand descriptors
- Moved ‘Remixing’ to the Connecting strand as it seemed to fit better there
- Changed ‘Participating in Web Communities’ to ‘Community Participation’ to make it less wordy
- Changed ‘Sharing via social networks’ to just ‘Sharing’ (to make it less specific)
- Changed ‘Security/Encryption’ to just ‘Security’ and moved it to the Exploring strand to make it more distinct from ‘Privacy’
- Merged ‘Web design’ with ‘Accessibiility’
Comments welcome! It would be great if you could make it to our weekly calls. 🙂