Contribution and Webmaker Training
Introduction and Background
Training will help spread Web Literacy by teaching people to teach the web. It's designed to strengthen and expand the community and help people contribute meaningfully to the Webmaker Project. There are online and offline components to Webmaker Training, and both the digital and real world Training initiatives inform and connect with one another.
An overarching goal of Training is to create a safe space where people can learn about Webmaker while leveling up their own Web Literacy – that is, to bring new people into the community. Some manage to contribute during training (see below), but especially while Training is in its infancy, the majority of the focus is on converting people from Users to Supporters. The conversion from Supporter to Contributor will improve exponentially as content and community grows.
Tracking the Conversion
Using the Sniff Test, we've identified a way to track the progression from User to Supporter that Training enables. This conversion is complete when a Training participant has:
- been involved in interaction with other members of the community
- is a real person (bot-proof and impossible to spam)
- creating rather than consuming
- spent at least 15 minutes of effort
What we're unable to quantify is how close a person might be to the conversion point. Lurkers are important to our community because in order to become a contributor, you must first become a supporter.
Contribution inside of Training
Community members begin contributing to Training when they lead by example and truly participate. Due to the nature of online learning, participation is achieved through active engagement and support. Connectivist experiences like Webmaker Training are life blood for Connected Learners, but for newbies it is painful to learn in this manner. People are simply not used to being in control of their own learning. The more people we as a community engage, the more contributors we inspire.
In the most recent Training, we saw primed community members making tutorials and teaching kits, giving constructive feedback and answering questions. These community members were already primed to achieved Webmaker Mentor status.
Contribution to Training
What we need
We need people to engage and support new participants in Webmaker Training, self-starters who help each other teach and learn open attitudes, online communication skills, as well as digital making skills, teaching skills and more. Part of contribution to Training is simple participation, active contributors are the people who help new users and supporters become contributors.
How it helps our community
We can learn from each other and the public, while broadcasting our skills and interests to a global community. We will all level up and feel the joy of helping other people level up too.
- Evangelism: Share Webmaker Training on social networks, in your local community and elsewhere. Help push the theoretical understandings of Open cultures in academic, political and social circles in an effort to change the way we, culturally, think about teaching and learning in the 21st Century as well as policy and common action. Bring those discussions to our Discourse.
- Writing, designing or developing OERs: We need everything from video-based tutorials to exploratory projects in order to #TeachTheWeb to every type of learner. Make something today!
- Developing the Training Platform: Submit new feature suggestions, build in content, fix bugs. We've got tons of issues and are on GitHub.
- Teaching: Run online and offline events that spread open attitudes, digital skills and web literacy and evangelizing. Tell us about them, and we'll help promote.
- Connecting/Broadcasting/Networking: Share local actions back with the community to inspire and to help Mozilla tell the story of Mozilla, the Open Web and Open Education, build local networks to strengthen local teaching and learning.
How Webmaker Training supports 2014 goals
Webmaker Training is relevant in:
- Invest in Sustainability
- Grow Adoption of Webmaker & Open Badges
- Enable Communities that have Impact
Training is explicitly mentioned in "enable communities that have impact", and training people to think and contribute to an open community is a large investment in sustainability. Since we use Webmaker and Open badges to help people who are not already a part of it come into the open source world, it's quite obvious that we'll grow the adoption of these two projects.