Get involved with Web Literacy Map v2.0!

Doug Belshaw

TL;DR: Mozilla is working with the community to update the Web Literacy Map to v2.0. You can read more about the project below, or jump straight in and take the survey or join the community calls.

 
Mozilla Festival

Introduction

Mozilla defines web literacy as the skills and competencies needed for reading, writing and participating on the web. To chart these skills and competencies, we worked alongside a community of stakeholders in 2013 to create the Web Literacy Map. You can read more about why Mozilla cares about web literacy in this Webmaker Whitepaper.

The Web Literacy Map underpins the work we do with Webmaker and, in particular, the Webmaker resources section. As the web develops and evolves, we have committed to keeping the Web Literacy Map up-to-date. That’s why we’ve begun work on a version 2.0 of the Web Literacy Map.

To date, we’ve interviewed 38 stakeholders on what they believe the Web Literacy Map is doing well, and how it could be improved. We boiled down their feedback to 21 emerging themes for Web Literacy Map v2.0 and some ideas for how Webmaker could be improved.

 
Mozilla Festival London 2012

Community survey

From the 21 emerging themes mentioned above, we identified five proposals that would help shape further discussion about the Web Literacy Map. These 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 more like a ‘map’.
  4. I believe that concepts such as ‘Mobile’, ‘Identity’, and ‘Protecting’ should be represented as cross-cutting themes in the Web Literacy Map.
  5. I believe a ‘remix’ button should allow me to remix the Web Literacy Map for my community and context.

We’ve added these to a survey* which is available in the following languages:

The survey will close on November 1st. If you’d like to translate the survey into another language, please join one of the teams (or create your own!) on Transifex.

*Note: you can email your responses directly if you’d rather not sign into a Google account.

 
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Community calls

Today, we’re kicking off a series of seven Web Literacy Map v2.0 community calls. These will be at 3pm UTC:

There is a calendar that you can subscribe to here.

If you can’t make the calls, please do leave notes for discussion on the agenda for an upcoming call using the links above. Alternatively, get involved in the Web Literacy Map discussion area of the #TeachTheWeb forum.

 
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Conclusion

We’re hoping to have the text of an updated Web Literacy Map finished by Q1 2015. The graphical elements and the reorganization of webmaker.org that it may entail will take longer. We’d be very interested in hearing how you plan to use it in your context.

You can keep up-to-date with everything to do with Web Literacy Map v2.0 by bookmarking this page on the Mozilla wiki.

Finally, there will be a few sessions at the Mozilla Festival next week about the Web Literacy Map. Look out for them, and get involved!


Images: mozillaeu, REV-, Paul Clarke, and William Quiviger

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