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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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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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Some ideas for Webmaker from the Web Literacy Map 2.0 interviews

Over the past few weeks I’ve been interviewing stakeholders and community members as we begin to plan a Web Literacy Map v2.0. I wrote a post earlier this week outlining 21 themes emerging from that data.

Bird flying

The Web Literacy Map itself is a list of skills and competencies that’s currently well-integrated with webmaker.org. As this can make it difficult to consider it in isolation, I encouraged interviewees to talk about both the Web Literacy Map and the things we’ve built on top of it.

There were lots of suggestions and, in the main, people were very positive about both the Web Literacy Map and the Webmaker site (including the tools). To help make sense of the feedback relating to things built on top of the map, I’ve organised suggestions using the SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats) technique.

Strengths

  • The visualisation of the Web...

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21 emerging themes for Web Literacy Map 2.0

Over the past few weeks I’ve interviewed various people to gain their feedback on the current version of Mozilla’s Web Literacy Map. There was a mix of academics, educational practitioners, industry professionals and community members.* I’ve written up the interviews on a tumblr blog and the audio repository can be found at archive.org.

I wanted to start highlighting some of the things a good number of them talked about in terms of the Web Literacy Map and its relationship with Webmaker (and the wider Mozilla mission)

Cat eating popcorn

Introduction

I used five questions to loosely structure the interviews:

  1. Are you currently using the Web Literacy Map (v1.1)? In what kind of context?
  2. What does the Web Literacy Map do well?
  3. What’s missing from the Web Literacy Map?
  4. What kinds of contexts would you like to use an updated (v2.0) version of the Web Literacy Map?
  5. Who would you like...

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The OKCast: Episode #16 – Web Literacy with Mozilla Webmaker’s Doug Belshaw

Alex Fink from the OKCast interviewed me earlier this week about Mozilla’s work. More specifically, we discussed Webmaker and my focus on the Web Literacy Map. It serves as a useful introduction to the space as well as the importance of what we’re doing at the Mozilla Foundation.

Click here to listen (54:02)

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Soliciting feedback on v1.1 of the Web Literacy Map

The Web Literacy Map constitutes the skills and competencies that Mozilla and its community of stakeholders believe to be necessary to read, write and participate effectively on the web.

Sea

The Web Literacy Map currently stands at v1.1 but as I blogged recently, a lot has happened since we launched the first version at MozFest last year! That’s why we’re planning to update it to v2.0 by early January 2015.

I’ll be connecting with key people over the coming weeks to ask for a half-hour (recorded) conversation which will then be shared with the community. In the meantime we’d appreciate your feedback. Here’s what Atul Varma had to say:

So I feel like the weblit map is cool as it is, but as has been discussed previously, there are a number of areas that are important but cross-cut through existing competencies, rather than necessarily constituting their own...

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Some preliminary thoughts toward v2.0 of Mozilla’s Web Literacy Map

As we approach the Mozilla Festival 2014, my thoughts are turning towards revisiting the Web Literacy Map. This, for those who haven’t seen it, comprises the skills and competencies Mozilla and a community of stakeholders believe to be important to read, write and participate on the web. Now that we’ve had time to build and iterate on top of the first version, it’s time to start thinking about a v2.0.

Thinking

The first thing to do when revisiting something like this is to celebrate the success it’s had: webmaker.org/resources is now structured using the 15 competencies identified in v1.1 of the Web Literacy Map. Each of those competencies now has an associated badge. We’ve published a whitepaper entitled Why Mozilla care about Web Literacy that features in which it features heavily. It’s also been used as the basis of the Boys and Girls Clubs of...

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