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Content curation in education

“”I believe it would be a total waste of time to begin this post with my own definition of content curation. Since there are so many definitions that could explain this phenomenon, I decided to pick my favorite from the list of content curation definitions maintained by Robin Good (in my opinion – a guru of content curation).

So, content curator “isn’t just someone who can find great “stuff” ,though it is an important skill in process of content curation. A curator is someone who creates a specific experience by using the found objects and contextualizes those objects within a limited space. A curator not only collects and interprets, but houses that work to create unique experiences.”

If I interpret this definition within education context, an educator should provide a unique learning experience by curating existing learning materials or resources.

Seek – Sense – Share curation model

Now, the definition is set, so let’s move forward to the main question – in what way the curation process is carried out? If I remember correctly, I put Beth Kanter post into my Evernote long time ago because of the interesting Seek – Sense – Share curation model presented in it. Furthermore, I noticed the same model in Harold Jarche blog although presented in a different context, but the message was the same. Curation consists of three equally important steps:

Seek Sense Share curation model

Focus on sense making

Today excellent tools are available for seeking / collecting information or resources and there is a plethora of tools for the final step – sharing the curated contents. But for the second step – sense making I don’t really know any. Everything inside this step depends on curator’s expertise which provides him a “feeling” to filter out irrelevant information, to add value by including its own thoughts and to put everything in a format which facilitates understanding the context of the curated topic for his audience.

Invest time to help your student and promote students’ curation

It’s more than obvious that making sense to our curated topic is a time consuming task. But as educators we should accept this as an investment in simplifying the learning process of our students.

Finally, I would say that I can’t agree more with Nancy White reflection who stated that if we want our students to reach enduring understanding we should encourage content curation among students. By doing so, students will take over the ownership of their learning which is probably our common goal. However, educator as a curator should always set the foundations for students’ content curation.””

  • Joel Zaslofsky

    I’m a big fan of Robin Good and Beth Kanter. But I’ve found a six-step curation process to be the most valuable and flexible one for me. I call it FAOCAS – Filter, Archive, Organize, Context, Access, Share – but it’s certainly not the “right way” to curate from an educational perspective.

    I’m in alignment on your conclusion, Tadej. Curation, of content or anything else, should be taught to and encouraged of students at any age (including life-long learners that haven’t been in a classroom for decades).

    • Tadej Stanič

      Joel, you complete my thoughts. Thank you!