As predicted by great curators, like Robin Good (1), curation is being acknowledged as a crucial skill in Education.
The University Southampton in the UK has just announced a semester module on “Digital Literacies” (2) with the aim of developing “the skills necessary for successful navigation of the increasingly blurred boundaries between online and offline social and professional activities”.
Creating and sharing content at this point of the evolution of the Web are insufficient. People need to navigate successfully: picking the best content, organizing it, and managing knowledge are possible through a curation process, which implies a step further.
The new Web demands more from us all, educational institutions like Southampton University show they know how to keep up the pace, preparing students to get ready for real situations, like “create and curate content in both written and visual media” with a corresponding learning outcome: “use appropriate web and mobile technologies effectively to search for, store and curate relevant information”.
One of the tools they will use? Storify to enable the creation of a portfolio of materials gathered around the Web.