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Year Author(s) Title Publisher Link Summary
2012 Rheingold, H. Net Smart: How to Thrive Online MIT Press Link Howard Rheingold outlines five fundamental literacies/online skills to help us use the Web effectively:
  • Attention
  • Participation
  • Collaboration
  • Critical consumption of information ('crap detection')
  • Network smarts.

Academic articles

Please only list articles that are available without having to go through a paywall!

Year Author(s) Title Journal Link Summary
(please don't just paste the abstract!)
2011 Mackey, T.P. and Jacobson, T. E. Reframing Information Literacy as a Metaliteracy College & Research Libraries PDF
Proposes a new model for information literacy that embraces today's open, participatory culture.
2009 Schmidt, J.P., et al. Peer-To-Peer Recognition of Learning in Open Education The International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning HTML Outlines the difference between recognition, accreditation and assessment as well as emphasising importance of 'digital trails'.
2009 Kuiper, E., Volman, M. & Terwel, J. Developing Web literacy in collaborative inquiry activities Computers & Education (Volume 52, Issue 3, pp.668–680) PDF Looks at an empirical study of primary school-level students and shows "that it is possible to teach Web literacy skills in the context of collaborative inquiry activities". Intriguingly, showed "impulsiveness" and "impatience" were common in users throughout across the study.
2004 Walton, M. & Archer, A. The Web and information literacy: scaffolding the use of web sources in a project-based curriculum British Journal of Educational Technology (Volume 35, Issue 2, pp.173-186) PDF Three-year case study of a course in web literacy taught as part of the academic literacy curriculum for first-year engineering students at the University of Cape Town. Found "important connections between developing knowledge of academic discourse and successful academic use of the Web".
2002 Sutherland-Smith, W. Weaving the literacy Web: Changes in reading from page to screen The Reading Teacher PDF Defines Web Literacy as "a term for finding, scanning, digesting, and storing Internet information". Also cites Sorapure, et al. (1998) who see it as "an ability to recognize and assess a wide range of rhetorical situations and an attentiveness to the information conveyed in the source's non-textual features."

Blog posts/categories

Year Author(s) Title Blog name Link Summary
2013 Belshaw, D. A conversation with Audrey Watters about Web Literacies Open Educational Thinkering Blog post Amongst other things, Audrey reckons Mozilla should: show potential Webmakers cool stuff that it’s possible to do with HTML, CSS and (especially) JavaScript; work backwards in deconstructing a cool project; pass over the ‘why?’ for some learners; show what’s happening ‘under the hood’; focus on individual autonomy as a reason to care about being able to write the Web; use terms like ‘making’ and ‘building for the Web’ rather than ‘programming’.
2012 Levesque, M. Talking to smart people rwxweb Category Some of Michelle Levesque's initial work for Mozilla around Web Literacy. This category includes notes from conversations with 'smart people' she interviewed.
2011 Udell, J. Seven ways to think like the web Strategies for Internet citizens Blog post Jon's list of 7 ways to think like the Web:
  • Be the authoritative source for your own data
  • Pass by reference not by value
  • Know the difference between structured and unstructured data
  • Create and adopt disciplined naming conventions
  • Push your data to the widest appropriate scope
  • Participate in pub/sub networks as both a publisher and a subscriber
  • Reuse components and services