Programs & Materials

I design open educational programs and participation initiatives here in the 21st Century. Technology is fast moving, and my work requires a good bit of conceptualization and invention to discover ways of empowering lots of people. Curriculum is a boring word, but the learning materials that make up a curriculum can be exciting, interesting, learner-centric. This page and its posts include some of the concepts, learning materials and engagement approaches I’ve produced over the years. Some of this work is a little bit meta, but the models, concepts and frameworks might make something you’re working on easier. Shout-outs to the inspiring thinkers who have helped me develop these ideas over the years. You know who you are! Please get in touch if you’re looking for something specific!

Modular & Customizable Model

massively customizable modular model

In 2012, I started working on a massively customizable, modular model for educational initiatives and materials. The model is in use across Mozilla.

Open Web Leadership

open web leadership map

The Open Web Leadership Map starts to define what leadership means when teaching, organizing and sustaining learning on the web.

Meta Arc for Mozilla Clubs Curriculum

Teach the Web by helping your learners make, tinker, explore and play. Your goal is to give participants skills and exposure, experience and access to web making tools and knowledge. At the end of this curricular arc, learners will understand that they can be expressive on the web, and they will be armed with the tools and knowledge to build the web we all want. Learn more about the important concept of Web Literacy.

This meta arc for Mozilla Clubs Curriculum was designed to help learners tinker and play. The pathway introduces tools and knowledge to increase web literacy.

Training Strategy and Production

webmaker-training

From Strategy to Content to Design to Coding, Webmaker Training is a HUGE body of my work, and it’s all under cc-by so there’s plenty to remix!

Web Literacy

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I’ve helped develop the Web Literacy concept since its beginning. Here’s a cool thing I made on dependencies for the pathways through Web Lit.

So. Many. Learning. Materials.

Since the beginning of my career I've written, designed and developed learning materials on web and creative topics.

Since the beginning of my career I’ve written, designed and developed learning materials on web and creative topics. These materials all use participatory methods.

Related Posts (Concepts & Models)

  • Kicking off a courage conversation Through the results of a recent survey, I learned that Greenpeace staff don’t feel engaged. They don’t feel informed, listened to, or empowered. Greenpeace is working to become a more open organization and to address this problem. The organization is writing a framework to guide it for the next ten years. In it, Greenpeacers wrote: “The ...
  • Open Courage cover-imgMy colleague Amrekha has been developing some materials around the concept of courage. It has me thinking. A lot. I’ve mentioned courage in other posts: Open is an attitude On Being Fearless Leadership should come with a smile Secretive to Open Source But I’ve learned much in the last couple of months about how expansive the idea of “courage” is. ...
  • Social norms: “professionalism” photo by Chris DeversI’m not sure if it came from a guidance counselor or my parents or some sort of magical “install social norm” button, but somewhere along the lines I learned these things about professionalism: Dress appropriately Don’t curse Don’t interrupt Don’t question people above you in the hierarchy These tips are subjective and truncated. I started thinking about how personality and ...
  • A Billion Acts Proposal I think visually, so I like to make maps and models and stuff to help me think through complicated ideas. Before the break I decided to make a brief presentation to help explain an interactive concept for/with Greenpeace. I wanted to play a little with animation, and stumbled upon HTML5Maker. I started building, ignoring past experience ...
  • Leadership should come with a smile leadershipisIn the past, I’ve worked to detail what competencies and skills a leader inside the Mozilla community commonly has. For me, the majority of what is included in that framework could be seen as Leadership Competencies more broadly. What’s more, experiencing different kinds of leadership in the past years, both inside Mozilla and outside in ...

Related Posts (Learning Materials)

  • How to run a Community Call etherpad-gifI originally wrote this article for Opensource.com Open organizations explicitly invite participation from external communities, because these organizations know their products and programs are world class only if they include a variety of perspectives at all phases of development. Liaising with and assisting those communities is critical. And community calls are my favorite method for interacting ...
  • Connecting Knowledge Photo by TrimitaLast week I spend the majority of my time at Mobiles x Mobilization Camp, an event put on by the MobLab at Greenpeace. This event was designed to start a conversation and spread knowledge around using mobile devices to mobilize people. It was sort of similar to the Open Campaigns Camp I attended in July. ...
  • Leading Groups: Dealing with Too Cool for School & Other Personalities stiller_zoolander1As you probably know, I teach and facilitate groups of people in all sorts of learning experiences. Over the years I’ve noticed some repetition in my group dynamics. Here are some secrets about leading a group of people. It doesn’t matter whether you’re teaching a piece of software or a concept or facilitating a workshop to ...
  • Step by Step: Making Your Blog More Useful Zythepsary is responsiveAt some point, you look at your blog and wonder “Is any of this still useful?” The answer is yes, yes it is. Through the process of determining the usefulness of my various posts, I rediscovered thought patterns and found a lot of useful, still relevant writing. So I spent some of my time lately ...
  • Producing Teach Like Mozilla in the Open (with YOU!) After fruitful conversations around open fluency and making a commitment (next call April 30th) to think about what that means, while in parallel producing leadership and development content for Teach Like Mozilla, we’ve made some decisions about what is most useful to the overall Mozilla Learning strategy right now. I’m happy to know that once ...