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by Doug Belshaw

Dr. Doug Belshaw is Web Literacy Lead for the non-profit Mozilla Foundation and author of ‘The Essential Elements of Digital Literacies’ (https://gum.co/digilit)

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Firefox Interest Dashboard: privacy-respecting analytics for your web browsing history

On a recent Mozilla project call I heard about the new Firefox Interest Dashboard. As someone who loves self-tracking, but stopped using my Fitbit due to privacy concerns, this is awesome.

My Firefox Interest Dashboard

Some of the numbers may be a bit off, and the categorisation certainly is in some cases, but it’s a promising start! The great thing is that if you use Firefox Sync it uses your data from other installations you use, too!

From the Content Services team:

This is an early version of interest categorization we’re working on. We invite you to test out this experimental beta add-on and help us out with the misclassified results. We would love to hear from you on suggestions on improvement or any feedback through the flag icon on the interest timeline.

Unlike other analytics services, the FAQ assures users that “all of the interest analysis and categorization is done on the client-side...

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Native apps, the open web, and web literacy

In a recent blog post, John Gruber argues that native apps are part of the web. This was in response to a WSJ article in which Christopher Mims stated his belief that the web is dying; apps are killing it. In this post, I want to explore the relationship between native apps and web literacy. This is important as we work towards a new version of Mozilla’s Web Literacy Map. It’s something that I explored preliminarily in a post earlier this year entitled What exactly is ‘the mobile web’? (and what does it mean for web literacy?). This, again, was in response to Gruber.

Native app

This blog focuses on new literacies, so I’ll not be diving too much into technical specifications, etc. I’m defining web literacy in the same way as we do with the Web Literacy Map v1.1: ‘the skills and competencies required to read, write and participate on the web’. If the main...

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MozFest Web Literacy Map roundup

Because late is better than never, right?


Web literacy was, of course, a theme that ran through all of the Mozilla Festival this year. However, in this post I want to focus on a couple of sessions that focused specifically on the Web Literacy Map.


Prototypes and Pathways for Web Literacy

Session details (from schedule)

Karen Smith introducing the MozFest 2014 session 'Pathways & Prototypes for Web Literacy'

This session was led by Karen Smith, with me supporting. It was a practical, hands-on session where participants were able to chart learning pathways around the Privacy competency of the Web Literacy Map. This was based on a deliverable from the Badge Alliance working group on Digital & Web Literacies. We also used the recent UX Personas work to help frame the discussion.

Mozilla Festival 2014: Pathways & Prototypes for Web Literacy

Participants were asked to choose a persona and stick it to a large sheet of paper. They then explored what things that person was likely to want around privacy, and which things they’d...

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Toward a history of Web Literacy

As part of my work with Mozilla around Web Literacy Map v2.0 I want to use the web to tell the story of the history of web literacy. It might seem obvious to start from the 1990s, but it’s worth saying that developments in new literacies pre-date that decade. Check out Chapter 4 of my thesis for more detail on this.

History of bicycles

This is the first of a (proposed) series of posts leading up to my keynote at the Literacy Research Association conference in Miami at the beginning of December.

Note: there’s lots of histories of the web itself. If you’re interested in that, just start with the relevant Wikipedia page. Here, I’m focusing on the discourse around the skills required to use the web.


Books

The easiest way to get started is to use a couple of Google tools. Here’s what we get when we plug web literacy as a search term into Google Books Ngram Viewer, focusing on...

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Interim results of the Web Literacy Map 2.0 community survey

Thanks to my colleague Adam Lofting, I’ve been able to crunch some of the numbers from the Web Literacy Map v2.0 community survey. This will remain open until the end of the month, but I thought I’d share some of the results.

Web Literacy Map v2.0 community survey: overview

This is the high-level overview. Respondents are able to indicate the extent to which they agree or disagree with each proposal on a five-point scale. The image above shows the average score as well as the standard deviation. Basically, for the top row the higher the number the better. For the bottom row, low is good.

Web Literacy Map v2.0 community survey: by location

Breaking it down a bit further, there’s some interesting things you can pull out of this. Note that the top-most row represents people who completed the survey, but chose not to disclose their location. All of the questions are optional.

Things that stand out:

  • There’s strong support for Proposal 4: I believe that...

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99% finished: Badge Alliance Digital & Web Literacies working group’s Privacy badge pathway

I’m the co-chair of the Badge Alliance’s working group on Digital & Web Literacies. We’ve just finished our first cycle of meetings and are almost finished the deliverable. Taking the Web Literacy Map (v1.1) as a starting point, we created a document outlining considerations for creating a badged pathway around the Privacy competency.

Cat x-ray

The document is currently on Google Docs and open for commenting. After the Mozilla Festival next week the plan is to finalise any edits and then use the template we used for the Webmaker whitepaper.

Click here to access the document: http://goo.gl/40byub


Comments? Questions? Get in touch: @dajbelshaw / doug@mozillafoundation.org

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Web Literacy Map 2.0 community calls

To support the development of Web Literacy Map v2.0, we’re going to host some calls with the Mozilla community.

Dogs on phone

There is significant overlap between the sub-section of the community interested in the Web Literacy Map and the sub-section involved in the Badge Alliance working group on Digital/Web Literacies. It makes sense, therefore, to use the time between cycles of the Badge Alliance working group to focus on developing the Web Literacy Map.


Calls

We’ll have a series of seven community calls on the following dates. The links take you to the etherpad for that call.

  • October 20th
  • October 27th (Doug on holiday)
  • November 3rd
  • November 10th
  • November 17th
  • November 24th
  • December 1st (Doug at Mozilla workweek)
  • December 8th
  • December 15th

Discussion

You can subscribe to a calendar for these calls at the link below:

Calendar: http://bit.ly/weblitmap2-calls

We’ll be...

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Some interesting feedback from the Web Literacy Map 2.0 community survey

Last week we at Mozilla launched a community survey containing five proposals for Web Literacy Map v2.0. I don’t want to share how positively or negatively the overall sentiment is for each proposal as the survey is still open. However, I do want to pull out some interesting comments we’ve seen so far.

Mickey Mouse - piano

There’s really good points to be made for and against each of the proposals - as the following (anonymized) examples demonstrate. While I’d like to share the whole spreadsheet, there’s people’s contact details on there, and I haven’t asked them if I can share their feedback with names attached.

What I’ve done here - and I guess you’ll have to trust me on this - is to try and give examples that show the range of feedback we’re getting.

 

1. I believe the Web Literacy Map should explicitly reference the Mozilla manifesto.

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Survey: 5 proposals for Web Literacy Map 2.0

We’re currently working on a v2.0 of Mozilla’s Web Literacy Map. From the 38 interviews with stakeholders and community members I’ve identified 21 emerging themes for Web Literacy Map 2.0 as well as some ideas for Webmaker. The canonical home for everything relating to this update can now be found on the Mozilla wiki.

Cat with tail

While there are some decisions that need to be made by paid contributors / staff (e.g. design, combining competencies, wording of skills) there are some that should be made by the wider community. I’ve come up with five proposals in this survey:


http://goo.gl/forms/LKNSNrXCnu


The five proposals are:

  1. I believe the Web Literacy Map should explicitly reference the Mozilla manifesto.
  2. I believe the three strands should be renamed ‘Reading’, 'Writing’ and 'Participating’.
  3. I believe the Web Literacy Map should look...

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Playtesting for MozFest

Today I was down at Bishop Grosseteste University, giving a guest lecture and facilitating a workshop. The module was on digital literacies as part of a course for Early Years students. These are students who may go on to teacher training. Some of the work relating to my thesis and the work I’ve done with Mozilla is on their reading list.

Web

From my point of view it was a useful opportunity to playtest some sessions I’ve got planned for the Mozilla Festival at the end of the month. I’ve travelled a lot less in the year since I moved to the Webmaker team, and so I welcomed this opportunity to refine some of my thinking. It’s also good to get input from as many places as possible about Web Literacy Map v2.0.

I made the lecture as participatory as the logic of the lecture theatre allowed. You can find my slides here. We had a backchannel in the form of a Google Doc...

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