The work with the Mozilla Web Literacy Map is coming to a break in the action as the work cycle for the Badge Alliance Digital & Web Literacy Working Group is coming to an end. It seems this is a good time to pause our work and identify exactly where we stand at this point…and what direction do we need to head.
As I noted earlier, Doug Belshaw spent a couple of weeks interviewing people in the field to get feedback on the current version of the Web Literacy Map. The semi-structured interviews focused on five basic questions:
- Are you currently using the Web Literacy Map (v1.1)? In what kind of context?
- What does the Web Literacy Map do well?
- What’s missing from the Web Literacy Map?
- What kinds of contexts would you like to use an updated (v2.0) version of the Web Literacy Map?
- Who would you like to see use/adopt the Web Literacy Map?
At this point, Doug has completed all of his interviews and analyzed the content. You can review the content for yourself at the following links. I really appreciate the fact that Doug is conducting this investigation in the open. I think it provides a guide that we can all follow…and strive for.
- Audio from all 38 interviews
- Tumblr blog post with links to all write-ups
- List of emergent themes that you can remix & annotate
Doug published a great post indicating the themes as he sees them across all of the interviews. You can review…and I suggest comment there to keep these ideas in one place.
Looking at the themes, I agree with much of what has been presented. I think the model works now…for the most part. I think that now it is time to field test this work and get it out in the wild. We’re in the process of doing this as we develop a badging ecosystem. Finally, we need to continually consider the “normals” out there that are the intended audience of this web literacy map. I hope that the normal person that doesn’t consider themselves to be tech savvy can pick these up and build their skillset. More importantly, I hope that teachers can pick this up and build a classroom full of web literate individuals.
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