Content Curation for Teaching & Learning
FaCTS fellows: 1. Watch the video. 2. Explore the Prezi. 3. Create an account on Scoop.it for the hands-on session Wednesday. (Note, you'll be prompted to "create your first topic" but you do not have to do so immediately — unless you want to!)
Introduction to Content Curation
- The Problem: Too much information
- The Solution: The human element (Example: Autumnal Equinox Pinboard)
- Curation, like in a museum
- Librarians already know
- The process: Sifting, finding, collating, contextualizing, sharing (using tools) — SEEK SENSE SHARE
- Distinction between curation and collection (See Nancy White)
- We can learn from curators
- We can learn by becoming curators
Why This Matters for Teaching & Learning
Big Picture: Fundamental literacy about curation is essential for 21st century citizens
Adapted from Robin Good
- An Overwhelming Abundance of Information Which Begs to Be Organized (critical thinking)
- A Growing Number of "Open" Teaching / Learning Content Hubs
- From a Static, Unchanging World of Information to a Constantly Changing One
- Real-World Info Is Not Held Inside Silos
- Fast-Food Info Consumption in Decline
- Job Market Changing - New Skills Needed
- Alternative Certification Systems Emerging
- Teachers Can Curate Their Textbooks
- Educational Marketplace Open to Thousands of Competitors
- Demand for Trusted Guidance
Could list many more... Instead let's narrow down to three or five
- Pinterest (Example: Autumnal Equinox Pinboard)
- Scoop.it (Example: Tech Mindful)
- Learnist (Example: Autumnal Equinox Learnboard) / MentorMob EDU (Example: Autumnal Equinox Playlist)
- Listly (Example: Autumnal Equinox List)
Don't forget Twitter, Facebook, and blogs can be used as curation platforms.
Adapted from Justine Hyde
- Decide on a goal for curating content – why are you doing it?
- Set a schedule – curate regularly, even if it’s just 1 hour a week
- Choose your topic – make sure it is linked to your goal
- Choose your sources – don’t wander aimlessly online
- Scan, evaluate & select the best content
- Read the best content in depth
- Think about the content and decide why it is important to your curation
- Annotate/ comment on/ evaluate the content to give it context for your audience
- Share it and engage your audience – ask for comments, contributions
Practical Applications for Teaching & Learning
- Follow curators to stay fresh & on top of developments in your discipline.
- Curate on your own to do the same.
- Curate for your students: muddiest point, maybe even flip your classroom.
- Students as curators.
Sample assignment with rubric:
Geographic Content Creation & Curation via Scoop.it
From Dr. Greg Atkinson, Tarleton State University. Used by permission.
Final Thought: Storytelling
Curation as "just one part of an overall storytelling strategy." — Chris Thilk
Most of the images used in the presentation are licensed under Creative Commons and are organized into galleries on Flickr (another exercise in content curation). Many thanks to the generous photographers and graphic designers who have allowed me to use their work.
- Introduction to Content Creation
- Why Content Curation Matters for Teaching & Learning
- Tools for Content Curation
- Best Practices for Content Curation
- Practical Applications for Teaching & Learning
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