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The concept of digital curation has evolved from its original use. While the digital preservation of artifacts is still the primary domain of digital curation, due to Web 2.0/social media applications it has allowed anyone to easily create a topic centered library online to share with the world. Assets found online can now be quickly collated into a visually appealing web site using freely available tools. This descriptive paper explores the potential use of digital curation within three tertiary institutions.
Peter Mellow's insight:
Our refereed paper on digital curation for education presented at the 2014 Teaching and Learning Forum in Perth is now available online.
Robin Good: What is it more important?
To refine a science of how to transmit, explain and illustrate what "needs to be known" or that we empower learners to create their own learning direction, approach, scaffolding and pace, by providing them with the ability to "drive" and "build" their learning value and not by having them become open sponges that memorize and comprehend what we offer them?
From the original article by Dominik Lukes: "A self-directed, self-motivated learner, will take any resources (no matter how pedagogically naive or badly instructionally designed – Khan Academy, iTunesU lectures, iPad ebooks, labs, conventional classes or TED videos) and use them to learn.
As the learner becomes more aware of their own learning (gaining metacognitive skills), they will look for resources that suit their learning better. And, in many cases, will create such resources.
That’s why we need to encourage a culture of the remix. Or in starker terms: Curation and creation over education."
<- the abundance of information is changing education in so many ways... (JS)
Via Robin Good, catspyjamasnz
It seems as though when one technology tool for the classroom is introduced, another one is waiting to make its debut! We’ve shared several 21st century tools with our readers; however, we have not acquainted you with a recent tool, Pinterest.
Pinterest is an electronic bulletin board where users can “pin” images from around the web. These images are then categorized into various boards on the users’ profile. Pins are also shared and searchable, which makes Pinterest a wonderful resource for visual information. So what are these pin boards good for with regards to integrating them into the classroom?
The diverse team of eLearning advisors provide elearning workshops, send out periodic newsletter, provide customised consultation, support the eScholar program and more.
Use the Filter pull-down menu above to search for topics by keywords.
Via Kim Flintoff
I have written about curation before using Twitter as a Curation Tool and about the importance of helping our Students Becoming Curators of Information. Sue Waters also just published a very compr...
Content curation requires more than just the selection of information. It’s the assembling, categorizing, commenting and presenting of the best content available.
Via Gust MEES
Robin Good: Mobento is a hub of curated educational video clips integrating a special search engine capable of finding any word spoken inside the video collection and of visualizing where the words were spoken on a timeline.
From the official site: "This is a library and a library has librarians. That’s us. We’ll be rigorous in only uploading high quality, fascinating videos from established academic institutions and learning organizations."
Try it out now: http://www.mobento.com/
Via Robin Good, Gust MEES
Excerpted from long but very interesting article by Master Curator Robin Good:
"Content curation will play a major role both in the way we teach and in the way we educate ourselves on any topic.
This article, builds up over my recent presentation on Content Curation for Education that I delivered at Emerge2012 virtual conference.
In that presentation I claimed that the adoption of "curation approaches" will directly affect the way competences are taught and the value that can be generated for "others" through a personal learning path.
In this article I outline ten key factors, already at work, which, among others, will very likely pave the way for a much greater and rapid adoption of curation practices in the educational / academic world.
These factors are:
1) An Overwhelming Abundance of Information Which Begs To Be Organized:
New digital literacy skills are of such great importance. They provide the mental tools for individuals to be able to evaluate, assess, filter and organize information in more effective ways than they have done until today.
2) A Growing Number of "Open" and Freely Accessible Teaching/Learning Content Hubs:
Learners will soon need some guidance in selecting the most appropriate course, instructor, approach and institution to achieve their goals most effectively.
3) From a Static, Unchanging World of Information To a Constantly Changing One:
a) Some of us dedicate their efforts to find, identify, monitor and update which are the most relevant "information sources", hubs or curators in every possible area of interest.
b) We equip our youth and ourselves with appropriate mental tools to be able to carry out such tasks.
4) Real-World Information Is Not Held Inside Silos Like Academic Institutions Pretend:
Curation fits in as a more appropriate approach to learning and to prepare for real-world work challenges, by allowing learners to construct meaning by having to research and to understand and to create new relationships between different information-elements.
5) Fast-Food Information Consumption In Rapid Decline - Curation Is the New Search:
Google has lost its "mojo". Search results have become increasingly unsatisfactory as they are often polluted by irrelevant, commercially-driven results or by large brands which Google likes to favor over small, independent and - hard to verify - information sources.
Researchers, educators and guides prefer to refer to trusted "curators" of specific information areas rather than to rely on Google-style secret and commercially-driven algorithms.
6) The Job Market is Rapidly Changing:
Outside of traditional "professionals" as doctors and engineers, companies recruiting new people are looking more for "skills and experience" than for degrees and certificates.
Today, the job marketplace requires people who can "think". People who can come up with creative solutions to unexpected problems...
Content curation offers a practical and immediately usable approach to help new learners train themselves in developing such very skills.
7) Alternative Certification Systems Are Emerging: Open Badges:
Here a few simple ideas.
Move from teaching and certifying to:
a) curating talent - breed new talent by providing motivated learners with the ideal conditions to study, research and develop new ideas.
b) curating educational resources for a specific area of interest / language / region / by creating and maintaining highly qualified "learning paths", and providing assistance, specialized training and resources, to those in specific need of it.
c) curating human guides, training future curators - by cultivating and supporting the development of skilled information-guides and coaches that possess the skills of a curator and those of a great story-teller.
8) Teachers and Professors Can Now Curate Their Own Textbooks:
Academic and independent teaching curators will design new textbook and teaching curriculums / learning paths. They will do so by selecting and pulling together the best and most relevant material in a variety of formats and configurations to satisfy the needs of many different "audiences".
These individuals will create also great collections of exercises, case studies, real-world examples, people's profiles and toolkits to further facilitate the exploration and learning of such topics.
9) Educational Marketplace Open to Thousands of Competitors:
There are now tens of learning marketplaces and platforms that allow anyone to offer and sell courses online. From WiziQ to Udemy the number of alternative services making it possible for anyone to deliver a "professional" course is rapidly increasing.
Today, anyone can become both a "resource", a supplier of content as well as a curator / editor / publisher of new curated content resources such as book collections, expert guides, curated and annotated lists of resources, examples, or templates galleries.
10) Growing Demand for Trusted Guidance Over Learning Content and Curricula:
Traditional academic institutions may indeed become trusted curators and guides to the greater universe of information out there, while specializing their efforts for a set of specific areas, needs and communities of interests.
With such abundance and variety (in quality) of educational materials, learners will soon express a growing demand for trusted guides to help them in selecting quality learning guides, sources, hubs and more than anything, curated learning paths and toolkits to explore and learn deeper about a specific topic.
This is where the opportunity for both sides lies."
Each factor is analyzed with more information, examples and external links. Read full, long and interesting article here:
Via Giuseppe Mauriello
A collaborative map of great examples of content curation at work in education.
KF: This Mindomo presentation is worth seeing siomply for the way that it represents its topic. The tool itself can be used fro curation and live presentation; the examples offered are quality examples of curation on a variety of platforms.
Robin Good: What does curation mean from an educational viewpoint? And what is the key difference between "collecting" and "curating".
She truly distills some key traits of curation in a way that is clear and comprehensible to anyone.
She writes: "The first thing I realized is that in order to have value-added benefits to curating information, the collector needs to move beyond just classifying the objects under a certain theme to deeper thinking through a) synthesis and b) evaluation of the collected items.
How are they connected?"
And then she also frames perfectly the relevance of "context" for any meaningful curation project by writing: "I believe when we curate, organization moves beyond thematic to contextual – as we start to build knowledge and understanding with each new resource that we curate.
Themes have a common unifying element – but don’t necessarily explain the “why.”
Theme supports a central idea – Context allows the learner to determine why that idea (or in this case, resource) is important.
So, as collecting progresses into curating, context becomes essential to determine what to keep, and what to discard."
But there's a lot more insight distilled in this article as Nancy captures with elegance the difference between collecting for a personal interest and curating for a specific audience.
She finally steals my full endorsement for this article by discretely inquirying how great a value it would be to allow students to "curate" the domains of interest they need to master.
Excellent. Highly recommended. 9/10
Via Robin Good