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On the 24th November 2014 community call, we decided that:

  • our audience is teachers and learners in the upcoming Webmaker Clubs
  • we're not going to include cross-cutting themes in the map itself (the text), but explore them in representations of the map (the visuals)


The community was asked the extent to which they supported the following proposal, using a five-point scale. 5 indicated strong agreement.

Proposal 4: I believe that concepts such as 'Mobile', 'Identity', and 'Protecting' should be represented as cross-cutting themes in the Web Literacy Map.

  • en_UK: 4.03 (138 respondents)
  • es_CL: 4.57 (7 respondents)
  • fr: 4/07 (29 respondents)
  • hi_IN: 5.00 (1 respondent)
  • id_ID: 1.00 (1 respondent)
  • ml_ML: 5.00 (1 respondent)



"Said it before, I'm interested in lenses on the map. It's a good place to judge if the map is as flexible as it needs to be. I think using Mozilla Science and Mobile as use cases would be an interesting way to explore this."

"Yes. A map of common themes would be great. The current map aligns with the web. The themes can 'meet people where they're at'."

"I'm not 100 % clear on what you are saying here, but I believe that the map should apply to all web mediums (mobile) and that there could be additional lenses, that when a user is viewing the project through them... the map still has resonance."

""I agree that there will be themes which cut across the strands. I think identity is an important one. I think that there could be a better descriptor for mobile. This is not so much about being 'on the move' but rather a placelessness, or in fact a new place, where we interact with the web. A sense of being increasingly untethered although we have not reached that endpoint yet. Multi-locational?"


"Identity - yes (good luck). Mobile - not so much. I'm keen on Becoming and Belonging as overarching concepts."

"Hard to say. They could be used to build the connections I mentioned in the answer to the previous question."

"I don't fully understand what this would look like, but I think identifying cross-cutting themes and providing pathways to related content would be useful for a user who is browsing (as opposed to searching)."

"I think this is important, especially if you do create an actual map-like structure for Web Literacy. The only concern I would have is that the added complexity of the map may limit accessibility in certain circumstances. I think these concepts should be added in as cross-cutting themes, but they should be added in such a way that simplified versions of the map (without those themes) can also be presented."


"I'm assuming we're talking Global Digital Citizenship stuff here? As well as multi-platform development?"

""Yes! A surname is not a password, a mobile is still a browser, and identity is universal. Definitely all to be carried across the whole wide web"

"Mobile is the new internet, identity and Protecting come into play when more and more people join the web and there is a population of netizens."

"Agreed. There are these larger themes or elements across the map. I'd be interested to see how these are represented. Perhaps this is the focus between cycles of the working group."

"Mobile is just another platform across the themes. Identity and Protecting are part of the manifesto upon which the map is built, so also cross theme."

"An idea I discussed with Doug was concepts that could act as lens through which to view the web literacy map (i.e., mobile or digital citizenship). I support the idea of demonstrating how remix the map with cross-cutting ideas but I think the ideas should be provided as examples and users should also bring their own concepts forward."

""Absolutely agree. I actually want to/plan on making a Teaching kit that covers some of these themes. I think that being on the web as a user involves a lot of ""skills and competencies"" and, especially for the sake of people who will be coming to the web in the next few years, I'd love the Map to cover these.

As a side note, it seems that in developing countries, mobile is a more common way to access the web, plus Mozilla has its Firefox OS -- so at least Mobile is easy to justify."

"I think there are certain concepts that are not 'mappable'. Sticking with the map metaphor, imagine looking at a globe without understanding 'ocean' or 'country'. Perhaps this is glossary content -- a 'map legend'."

"I don't know what 'Protecting' means. But I can tell you some mature adults in my family sure could use a straightforward guide to 'wifi' and 'internet connection'. "

"了解自己在網路上提供了什麼資料也很重要" ("Understand themselves what information is provided on the web is also very important")

"I certainly think these concepts should be addressed within the map dynamic, but without necessarily affecting the balance of the resources"

"Privacy might be a better word."

"Yeah, I think that's a good way to deal with those. They're useful as themes, and this keeps them from overpowering the track structure in the way I was worried they would. Good work!"

"I agree that topics related to Infrastructure including mobile cut across all aspects of reading, writing and participating and that Personal matters whether this be identity, safety, etc are also a very important strand"

"Teaching young people about the peril's of the internet is essential. These themes will be helpful."

"Even if they're included solely as reference points or suggested teaching angles, having them in there strengthens the entire project."

"Although this has the same problem as 'maps', I feel that themes are a good way of capturing some of the complexity."

"Yes - particularly managing online identity when you are creating and sharing resources"

"Be careful emphasising mobile, who knows what future formats will come along! ooOOoooOo"

"ah .. this relates to my last comment. if any themes can be drawn out then it will make the framework (!) stronger, and reinforce the use of a grid rather than a map."

"Not needed few times"

"I like the transparency thing.the idea that if everyone knows what's going on the less likely anyone will trip.but knowing less than the corrupt has left me very vulnerabile to injury and incapable of fulfilling obligations.more secure would be better"

"True. It will be good to have these."

"Yes, these are foundational themes to web literacies."

"yep - sounds sensible."

"I think this is a great idea- Showing overlap and cross themes is definitely powerful and highlights the impact/pervasiveness of the other areas"

"Or shown as interconnecting Venn fields within the map"

"Les inclure mais les distingués suffisament" ("Include but distinguished enough")

"mobilité ne rime à rien. Accessiblité, identité et protection" ("mobility means nothing. Accessiblity, and identity protection")

"Ajouter le concept "Accessibilité", le Web doit être accessible à tous, y compris aux personnes handicapées (directives WCAG du W3C)" ("mobility means nothing. Accessiblity, and identity protection...")


""I disagree with adding 'Mobile', but perhaps there is something around 'context'. A tablet user following a hashtag on twitter as they watch a broadcast TV show is in a different setting to an office worker who is using a mobile to access facebook because it's blocked by a corporate firewall. Identity is important. From a global perspective, do we need to include issues of censorship and circumvention of censorship (great firewalls etc)? How about the economics of the web? Until you understand Facebook's business model, you can't make informed decisions about using Facebook for example? Also something on knowledge and trust economies?"

"That's adding a level of complexity in an already rich document. Seems like external resources and information around the map can better play into these themes (i.e. showing that combination of certain competencies address those themes)."

"Possibly, but beware of trending topic that do not survive over time."

"'Mobile' is transitory; one day, it'll just be the default and calling it out will be strange."

"potential to make this really confusing."

"no strong opinion here"

"Widens the resource."

"Or cross linkage, pathways through the map could carry these as labels or tags."

"I don't know."

"It's difficult. I suspect that 'users' see the web or silos through the view at which they produce/ consume - many will do this mainly through mobile devices. Identity may be interpreted very differently as a concept in different groups. Protecting sounds like something that other people do to you rather than what you do yourself."

"In that they'd routinely come up as dimensions in many of the competencies? It might be a bit dogmatic to include them in everything... I quite like Security and Privacy where they are in the current map, and I think Identity fits fine within the current Privacy."

"I like the idea of being able to see identity as a strand. Why mobile. I don't care what device people are using to access things as long as they are doing the things. Protecting also I'm not so fond of as it makes people think of kids but a lot of the time I'm getting adults to work in an online environment and some are very naive about the net but don't realise it."

"I'm out of the loop, but all of the above & using a meta-level to express 'identity' were discussed at some length in 2013. They obviously haven't gone away so guess it's proving necessary to finally try and deal with them, but I'd much prefer these themes accessed through the competency grid if possible. Identity. There remains some great input on the 2013 MoPad's on this & I strongly agree with Carla Caselli's many comments on June 24 that it's better to approach 'Identity' in terms of 'identity context' & maybe as a competency that might also help learners locate themselves spatially on the web. Protecting. The old 4th strand whose content was dispersed elsewhere. Out of the loop so ignorant as to how this came back. At the time there was a popular suggestion just before it got removed to replace the word with 'Safeguarding'. No suggestion where this would go on the grid, maybe into 'Identity Contexts'! Mobile. Slight roundabout route: I was the one who suggested giving 'accessibility' greater prominence by moving it from the Intermediate up to the old Beginner's grid, where it became 'Design & accessibility'. However within days of suggesting it I realised I'd been mistaken in my suggestion as the idea I was trying to put forward was one of 'Inclusivity'. This would've still given the concept 'accessibility' prominence (w3.org very woolly on the differences) but able to cope with other aspects such as device in/exclusivity."


"that sounds super confusing and at odds with a map concept"

"I think adding cross-cutting themes (like the vertical themes at Mozfest) will be quite confusing for some people."

"The problem here is that there are many other themes that could be added. Perhaps these are better emphasised in resources and activities at the point of learning rather than in the map itself?"

""Well if you introduce the readers to many *new* terms (that may be new to them) you risk to confuse them and they end up missing the content in the map."

"Not sure where these themes have come from or what they have to do with each other. Cross-cutting themes (generally) are a good idea but need to be coherent."

"Identity could fit into trust and credibility. This idea of web presence can fit in already. In many ways we are discussing values. WhatI might do is have a Core Value document that the map supports."

"Are these themes? or are they ways in which people can identify with the web literacy map? Those interested in mobile, identity, and protecting may look at web literacy map if they hooked by those words, but I can see "teaching" or "making" as terms that could be used in the same way. Again, I think these can be used as tag lines depending on the audience. Also, mobile and identity are "things" are "protecting" is an 'action.'"

"That seems too cluttered, perhaps there's a Web Fluency that is beyond Literacy where those concepts can be explored?"

"Not so wild about this."