Getting the Web Literacy Standard ready for beta launch

I’ve been leading some work at Mozilla around a new, open learning standard for Web Literacy. We’re launching it in beta on July 26th after working on it since February.

The Web Literacy Standard is a map of the things Mozilla and the community think it’s important to pay attention to when seeking to get better at reading, writing and participating on the Web.

Thinking through the skills ready for beta 05

When you’ve got 50+ contributors over a six-month process there are many varied discussions and rabbitholes. As a result, I had to do an editorial sense-check to ensure it made sense before the beta launch. I did this the best way I know how - by breaking out the Post-it notes!

We’re currently working on the visual design to go with the launch, but I wanted to make sure there was a text-based list of the STRANDS, competencies and skills we’ve mapped.


Navigating the Web

Navigation (using software tools to browse the Web)

Web Mechanics (understanding the Web ecosystem)

Search (locating information, people and resources via the Web)

Credibility (critically evaluating information found on the Web)

Security (keeping systems, identities, and content safe)


Creating for the Web

Composing for the Web (creating content and making use of technologies for the Web)

Remixing (modifying existing Web resources to create something new)

HTML (reading and writing the building blocks of the Web)

CSS (reading, writing, testing and applying style sheets to alter the visual appearance of HTML)

Design & accessibility (creating universally effective communications through Web resources)

*Identifying the different parts of a Web page using industry-standard terms

Coding/scripting (creating interactive experiences on the Web)

Infrastructure (understanding the Internet stack)


Participating on the Web

Sharing & Collaborating (jointly creating and providing access to Web resources)

Community participation (getting involved in Web communities and understanding their practices)

Privacy (examining the consequences of sharing data online)

Open practices (helping to keep the Web democratic and universally accessible)

Got comments / questions / feedback? I’m @dajbelshaw on Twitter or you can hit me up via email: doug <at> mozillafoundation <dot> org


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