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Great Content Curation Models: E-learning Examples by David Anderson

Great Content Curation Models: E-learning Examples by David Anderson | Digital Curation for Teachers | Scoop.it

If you are looking for inspiration when it comes to content curation, here is a great example at work.

 

Elearning Examples is a curated collection of "examples" from the real world of online communications in the areas of "multimedia journalism", "infographics" and "html5" among others.

For each one of these categories the author has written and edited a specific information card containing relevant information, images and links to the work being referenced.

 

The design of the site and the quality of the work "examples" being showcased make this a good example of what good "content curation" is. 

 

Clearly, the work produced by this site, produces no noise or regurgitation of information, but rather offers a better way to make sense and discover the communication areas being curated on the site.

 

Thanks to David Anderson, an e-learning designer & community manager at Articulate for having created this excellent curated set of galleries.

 

Inspiring. 9/10

 

Look: http://elearningexamples.com/ 

 

David Anderson's blog: http://multimedialearning.com/ 

 

His Twitter channel: https://twitter.com/#!/elearning 

 

(Reviewed by Robin Good)


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5 Reasons Content Discovery Tools Need a Human Touch

5 Reasons Content Discovery Tools Need a Human Touch | Digital Curation for Teachers | Scoop.it

 

I really liked this article by Romain Goday from Darwin Ecosystem about content discovery tools and particularly the way he described the element of the "human touch" and why they go hand and hand.

 

His description of the human part of the equation eloquently describes the process of a content curation.

 

Intro:

 

Content discovery tools have been trending towards taking over an increasing part of the selection process by filtering out information.

 

Content Selection Should Remain a Vital Part of the User Experience

 

Excerpt:

 

While tools carry the advantage of computing and aggregating information quickly on the user’s behalf, the user possesses a number of natural skills that tools cannot adequately take the place of.

 

Here are a few of the most important ones, as they relate to selecting and identifying relevant content:

 

Users are contextual thinkers:

 

The relevance of a piece of information depends highly on the context of the informational need.

 

The motivation and goal of the user determines what information is important and what information is not.

 

Users possess relevant expertise: The user’s expertise helps them to predict the implications of a particular event.

 

It also allows the user to identify anomalies that take place in the usual development of an event based on their experience with the topic.

 

Users make sense of patterns: The human brain can easily understand the relationships between multiple events.

 

This ability to interpret patterns is critical to understand and identify what is going on and how it’s developing.

 

Curated by JanLGordon covering "Content Curation, Social Media & Beyond"

 

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Content Curation: Why Detecting Emerging Patterns Is Crucial?

Content Curation: Why Detecting Emerging Patterns Is Crucial? | Digital Curation for Teachers | Scoop.it

Romain Goday, wrote this piece for Darwin Ecosystems I've had some great discussions with Romain and he truly understands what it takes to be a relevant curator.

 

He lists the top reasons why content curators need to pay attention to them.

 

We all know the service Content Curators provide in cutting through the noise on the Web, and new tools that are coming out will enable more and more people to become curators.

 

This is what caught my attention:

 

** Successful Curators will need the tools that enable them to latch onto new trends in their area of expertise. 

 

Those who are able to discern patterns and report on them in a timely manner will

 

***Link together pieces of the information puzzle so that others may see what had previously been missed

 

***Provide insights on the significance of events

 

***Demonstrate how those events evolve

 

***The emergence of patterns is a sign that something is happening

 

***The ability to understand and Curate new patterns and generate buzz around them, is what stands Expert Curators above the growing crowd

 

Romain's own takeaway is that Patterns should be the starting point for Curation.

 

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Curating Information & Making Sense of Data Is a Key Skill for the Future [Research]

Curating Information & Making Sense of Data Is a Key Skill for the Future [Research] | Digital Curation for Teachers | Scoop.it

Robin Good: The Institute for the Future and the University of Phoenix have teamed up to produce, this past spring, an interesting report entitled Future Work Skills 2020.

 

By looking at the set of emerging skills that this research identifies as vital for future workers, I can't avoid but recognize the very skillset needed by any professional curator or newsmaster.

 

It should only come as a limited surprise to realize that in an information economy, the most valuable skills are those that can harness that primary resource, "information", in new, and immediately useful ways.

 

And being the nature of information like water, which can adapt and flow depending on context, the task of the curator is one of seeing beyond the water,

to the unique rare fish swimming through it.

 

The curator's key talent being the one of recognizing that depending on who you are fishing for, the kind of fish you and other curators could see within the same water pool, may be very different. 

 

 

Here the skills that information-fishermen of the future will need the most:

 

1) Sense-making:

ability to determine the deeper meaning or significance of what is being expressed

 

2) Social intelligence:

ability to connect to others in a deep and direct way, to sense and stimulate reactions and desired interactions

 

3) Novel and adaptive thinking:

proficiency at thinking and coming up with solutions and responses beyond that which is rote or rule-based

 

4) Cross-cultural competency:

ability to operate in different cultural settings

 

5) Computational thinking:

ability to translate vast amounts of data into abstract concepts and to understand data-based reasoning

 

6) New media literacy:

ability to critically assess and develop content that uses new media forms, and to leverage these media for persuasive communication

 

7) Transdisciplinarity:

literacy in and ability to understand concepts across multiple disciplines

 

8) Design mindset:

ability to represent and develop tasks and work processes for desired outcomes

 

9) Cognitive load management:

ability to discriminate and filter information for importance, and to understand how to maximize cognitive functioning using a variety of tools and techniques

 

10) Virtual collaboration:

ability to work productively, drive engagement, and demonstrate presence as a member of a virtual team

 

 

Critical to understand the future ahead. 9/10

 

Curated by Robin Good

 

Executive Summary of the Report: https://docs.google.com/viewer?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapolloresearchinstitute.com%2Fsites%2Fdefault%2Ffiles%2Ffuture-work-skills-executive-summary.pdf 

 

Download a PDF copy of Future Work Skills 2020: https://docs.google.com/viewer?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapolloresearchinstitute.com%2Fsites%2Fdefault%2Ffiles%2Ffuture-skills-2020-research-report.pdf  


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Beth Kanter's comment, December 20, 2011 7:34 PM
Thanks for sharing this from Robin's stream. These skills sets could form the basis of a self-assessment for would-be curators, although they're more conceptual - than practical/tactical. Thanks for sharing and must go rescoop it with a credit you and Robin of course
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Beth Kanter
Agreed. It's also one of the articles I told you about....good info to build on:-)
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What Makes A Great Curator Great?

What Makes A Great Curator Great? | Digital Curation for Teachers | Scoop.it

This piece was brilliantly written by my fellow curator, Robin Good for those of you who haven't read this.

 

Beth Kanter has added some very valuable insights so I am reposting this. I might also add that Beth Kanter is an example of what Robin refers to as a great curator. When you go to her blog, you will see that she consistently produces value for her readers by following what Robin suggests makes someone great.

 

I agree with Beth that Giuseppe Mauriello is also a trusted source and provides value for his readers.

                       

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Sorry my commentary is so long but this was so thought provoking, I just couldn't help myself:-)

 

The headline draws you in and the material more than delivers on that promise. What makes a great curator is clearly demonstrated in this piece. Bravo Robin!

 

I'm not going to repost what Robin has said but add my own comments, just as if I were in a conversation with him.

 

In Robin's own words - A great curator does the following:

 

"Optimizes, Edits, Formats, Selects, Excerpts, Writes, Classifies, Links, Personalizes, Vets, Credits, Filters, Taps, Suggests, Searches, Scouts, Hacks Filters and Searches, Is Transparent, Recommends, Crowdsources"

 

As you read this article, pay attention to how he has done all the above. He creates a standard, he gives you some criteria so you can understand what makes someone great and what makes someone no so great.

 

****He is responding to an article he read in Forbes about curation which talks about  the importance of keywords.  Robin stresses the importance of "human curation" adding your personal touch and bringing added value to what you're curating and not trying to fit what you're saying into keywords that will draw traffic from the search engines.  

 

These are my comments..........

 

**** Curation is new and is evolving.  Water rises to its own level.  The people who know why they're curating, who their audience is, how they consume information and what they need, and then act on this, will become great trusted sources.

 

Some people just want information. Others want to engage by adding comments or another layer of context. There's a rhythm to this and it takes time to find the right balance.

 

I think a great curator is a good listener and a keen observer who selects content that "speaks to the audience's listening".  Paying attention to this and fine tuning your approach takes a lot of work but it's worth it. I'm inserting a direct quote from Robin:

 

"One point: I believe that curators, as I see them, should rarely if ever be driven by analytics data or statistics but to their personal experience and viewpoint. Their goal is not in fact to go after the broadest and most numerous audience but have the humbleness and vision to serve a very specific need and tribe."

 

If you're passionate and knowledgable about the topic you're curating, and you are committed to serving your readers, you will be great.

 

In business you have to have a unique sales proposition. Adding context to what you curate will set you apart from others and make you great. This is your place to contribute something new, perhaps you disagree with what was said and you bring a new perspective. Anything you can do to expand the piece and add dimension to it is valuable to others.

 

Robin produced this video in 2009 with Gerd Leonhard, a highly respected media futurist. It is excellent. The title speaks for itself: "The Relevance Of Context In Content Curation"  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lDo6YrJKaoM.

 

There is also another piece "Context Not Content is King" by Arnold Waldstein I posted this some time ago. It is very relevant today and hopefully sheds more light on what will set you apart from people who are just aggregating links.

 

Last but not least......

 

Robin also has a view point and invites us into a conversation when he discusses the scoring system which you will see when you read the article. It makes me want to  respond, it's a two way dialogue between him and me, he's not just talking at me by reposting content without adding anything else.

 

I happen to agree with him about this but that's a whole other discussion.

 

Curated by JanLGordon covering "Content Curation, Social Media and Beyond"

 

This is only a taster.  To see the full article by a true master-curator at the top of his game, click here


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janlgordon's comment, November 5, 2011 7:11 PM
Great to meet you here Marcia! Your work looks very interesting, just followed you on Twitter - let's stay in touch.

Jan
Beth Kanter's comment, November 6, 2011 11:16 AM
Robin: Your point about using metrics and data .. I think what you are saying is that we should be "data-informed" - not data driven. That we don't just look at data to make decisions- but we bring our whole wisdom and knowledge and point of view to it .. http://www.bethkanter.org/curiosity-driven/
Robin Good's comment, November 6, 2011 11:44 AM
Exactly Beth!

I couldn't have said better. Thanks for clarifying this further.
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Digital Learning: Changing What It Means to be A Reader, Publisher & Curator

Digital Learning:  Changing What It Means to be A Reader, Publisher & Curator | Digital Curation for Teachers | Scoop.it

This piece was written by Julia Steiny who is a freelance columnist whose work also regularly appears at EducationNews.org. She is the founding director of the Youth Restoration Project.

 

Once I finish curating this piece I'm going to put these two women in my Julia Steiny and Angela Maiers  who has contributed some valuable insights in this article as well as being an extraordinary educator in my "People to Watch" topic  these women are truly making a difference in the world.

 

Excerpt:

 

Divide Separates Adults From Kids

 

The old divide was between the haves and the have-nots. Computer access was a luxury of well-heeled families and school systems.

 

Now, most kids at least carry a cell phone with text capabilities. The new divide is between those at home in cyberspace and those who struggle with e-mail.

 

**This divide separates adults from kids.

 

Education-tech expert Angela Maiers makes this distinction:

 

****“The 21st century will not be defined by the volume or speed at which you consume information. (That was the old way of being smart.)

 

****It will be defined by how well you curate that information, translate it and contribute information back in a way that your community can understand it."

 

**Teaching students to be competent curators is our main responsibility as educators.”

 

This quote from Angela Maiers caught my attention:

 

Maiers cautions, “Everyone has to learn how to enter the ocean, because a wrong move can drown you. The second you stop honoring the force of the ocean, you’re in danger.”

 

Curated by Jan Gordon covering "Content Curation, Social Media & Beyond"

 

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