updated 07:57 pm EDT, Mon May 12, 2014
Free classes cover teaching basics of internet understanding, culture
Firefox developer Mozilla has unveiled a plan today that would offer online courses aimed to train Internet users and potential teachers on some of the fundamentals of the Internet. The courses, which will be free, will "help everyone from formal educators to enthusiastic engineers learn how to teach the basic mechanics, culture and citizenship of the web."
Four courses are being offered through P2PU, and are open to anyone, to be taken at their own pace. Participants in the classes will make things with Mozilla's Webmaster tools along with a group. Classes will also include video hangouts and group calls for networking and support. The way the courses are designed allows users to be lead in to Mozilla's annual Maker Party.
"Topics for the classes include basics for web ecosystem; developing education resources; open and participatory learning, and how to connection with and leverage similar communities around the world," said Mozilla Communications Director Erica Sackin. The classes are hosted by members of the Mozilla Webmaker training team.
The courses spun out of Mozilla's work with open technology and desire to keep the Internet open, causing the company to reflect on themselves. Sackin posts on the company's blog that the company began wondering if there are enough people that understand why and how the web works. "At a certain point we have to ask -- if not enough people understand the way the web works, or why keeping it open is important, are we doing all that we can?"