Mozilla Education, a scribble
January 23, 2009 § 8 Comments
As I mentioned earlier in the week, education is one of the first program areas where Mozilla Foundation wants to experiment in 2009. I spent some time this afternoon scribbling out an overview the ideas we’re bouncing around. This is what I came up with (bigger version on Flicker):
Frank and I have also updated the Mozilla Education planning wiki with explanations of the ideas in this scribble, and detailed info on each of the activities we’re considering. The high level summary at the top of the wiki page says:
During 2009, we want to experiment with Mozilla Education — helping people learn about Mozilla through an open, participatory and distributed approach to education.
Building on Mozilla’s 2010 goals, our big picture aim is to:
Make openness, participation and distributed decision-making more common experiences in Internet life
We think that education can help us reach this goal by helping more people to:
- Understand and use (Mozilla’s?) open source work methods
- Learn about and build with open web and Mozilla technologies
- Participate in Mozilla and other open source projects
In 2009, we’ll test out a number of small programs aimed at reaching these objectives. They include:
- Seneca Expansion / Virtual Seneca offering Mozilla learning resources and support to students everywhere.
- Madrid Summer Course at URJC, establishing the first formal Mozilla course beyond Seneca and establishing an educational foundation in Europe.
- Online Mozilla Courses that provide learning and engagement opportunities directly to potential Mozilla contributors.
- education.mozilla.org where all Mozilla courseware and learning information can be found.
Over time, we hope these programs will also make a broader contribute to creating a new participatory learning model based around open source contribution … and to work with others who share this vision. However, for now, we want to start with something doable: making a formal link between education, learning and the Mozilla community.
I am posting this in the hope that people will offer initial reactions. While we plan to act quickly on some of this (especially Virtual Seneca), the overall plan is still very much in flux. It’s evolving pretty much daily as we figure out how to put things into action. So, slings, arrows and offers of help very welcome in the form of blog comments (we’ve already got a good list of Mozilla people who want to help). Also, feel free to dig into the wiki. Much more detail there.
Next week, I’ll post more thoughts on why this approach to education is interesting for Mozilla and what sorts of things we might be able to achieve in 2009. This should give people even more to work with and respond to.