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Exploring developments in digital curation for teaching & learning
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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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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"

 

Read full article here: [http://bit.ly/tQoFH8]


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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.