The Open Badges work that Mozilla incubated for four years now has its very own global non-profit in the guise of the Badge Alliance. As part of this, a number of working groups have been set up. Michelle Thorne and I are co-chairs of the Digital / Web Literacies group - anyone with an interest in badging this area is very welcome to join it.
Last week, after our inaugural call, Ian O'Byrne kicked off a great discussion in a thread entitled The Safe, Literate Individual in Online Spaces. It’s a post worth reading in full, along with the responses.
Here’s an excerpt (line breaks added by me):
In our collective work on the Web Lit/Standards we’re developing a continuum of standards that individuals can consistently refer to as they “level up” and work to improve how digitally literate they are. More importantly (IMHO), teachers can use these literacies/standards to point out on the horizon to where they want their students to be.
But, as we develop and advocate for these elements, exactly what is out there on the horizon? As we increasingly have individuals work up these scales and competencies, what are they gaining and giving up? As they become more and more digitally literate or savvy, do we want them to host their own sites and develop their own infrastructure? Do we want them to increasingly become more self-actualized/paranoid/independent/self-reliant?
Additionally, as we set out for this independent spirit of the empowered web literate individual, will they ultimately be able to enact these aspects of their digital identity? Ultimately will the point be moot if/when (FCC breaks the Internet/Google turns on SkyNet/Insert doomsday scenario here) and we realize that online is online and we don’t really “own” anything in the digital space.
These are important questions which we need to discuss openly. You’re invited to do that in the Google Group, or in this thread as part of Webmaker Training.
I’m particularly interested in the following:
- How does this impact v2.0 of the Web Literacy Map?
- Should we make Webmaker more ‘militant’ when it comes to the indie web?
- How do/should we badge this?
Comments? Questions? I’m @dajbelshaw or email firstname.lastname@example.org