"Curation, reflection, and contribution are all equal components within this model. Curation requires learners to evaluate information and organize it. Reflection encourages learners to unpack their learning in public spaces, such as blogs. Contribution demands that learners “give back” to both digital and face-to-face communities either through discussion or production. By engaging in all three parts of this model, educators can ensure that they adequately synthesize and consider important artifacts. This process is a far cry from simply storing and organizing “cool stuff.”
After engaging in the User Generated Learning process for almost a year, I [Kristen Swanson] can attest that it results in rich, social learning. I only save that which is aligned to my goals and the goals of others with whom I connect. I have fewer links, videos, and interactive sites, but I have more conversations and perspectives to consider. I’ve joined this course as a way to increase my focus on community, not content."