I am a senior lecturer and consultant in medical biochemistry and metabolic medicine in Cardiff, and have a growing interest in the use of technology in medical education. Here I have curated a variety of web-based tools that can be used for educational purposes, along with websites that support their use and provide guidance for clinical teachers and students in how to use them. It can be time consuming introducing new approaches into our practice, but hopefully this webpage will make the process of finding and using the right one easier.
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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.
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:
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
If you are looking for some good advice and insight into how to develop into a great content curator, this is a great article from a few years ago from Robin Good. The additional insight from other curators adds another dimension, and I would suggest looking at this in some detail. It is clearly more effort to curate well, but then high quality work usually does.
This is the project blog on content curation that Anne Marie Cunningham and I are running in the School of Medicine at Cardiff University. This isn't just about experts curating content for students - we are aiming to get students collaborating on curation tasks as well. We have decided to use Scoop.it as the platform, and it will all be publicly available, so watch this space!
Being digital from the Open University, is a collection of short, easy to follow activities. They cover the skills we all need to be effective online; whether it’s finding information, communicating online, or deciding who or what to trust.
Duncan Cole's insight:
Great selection of short activities for getting going in the online environment.
This is an excellent collection of "virtual patients", branching case scenarios where users have to make clinical decisions. It also has a variety of resources that would be useful when designing your own.
A helpful guide to evaluating the quality of websites, aimed at students in higher education. It contains lots of hints and tips that will be useful to others as well, and is part of the JISC programme of digital literacy courses. I would recommend new digital curators work through this when starting out.
We are experiencing the democratization of education. There are numerous free and open resources for learning on the Web:
Khan AcademyYouTube UniversityTEDTalks While these sites have terrific videos, they have a limitation inherent to such content; they tend to be linear and difficult to change once published. In order for them to be more useful to students, the teacher often may want some control over the content so she is not stuck with what the creator of the video created or intended.She may want to use only a part of the content of the video, and then link it to another part of another videoShe may want to add some questions or additional content to the videoShe may want her students to create a project that is like a collage - containing parts of videos they find and stitch together.The good news is that there are now many services that are popping up to help
At the end of the day, you’re “doing” a lot actually simply by using a technology like scoopit. You’re modeling the proper use of social media, can help students understand writing for an audience, keywords and vocabulary understanding (and the aforementioned audience awareness), exploration and gathering of online resources, image and element impact, collaboration and community environments.
This is a thought provoking post on student curation, with a helpful conceptualisation of the differences between directive and discovery learning. Curation tools certainly have the potential to support student research, and they also promote sharing and collaboration. The idea that the "textbook" of the future might be essentially a curation platform is also an interesting one. It seems to me that the ideas put forward are more like a digital notebook but possibly with more sharing features, or perhaps a wiki if many students can contribute content. It is an approach we could explore further in higher education, but as with all such ideas we will still need to consider where such approaches would be best used, if at all.
This is an excellent introduction on how to tell if a medical website is of high quality, and (if you are aiming for this) to get your own curated on Webicina. It covers Twitter, medical blogs, YouTube channels amongst others.
Sharing your scoops to your social media accounts is a must to distribute your curated content. Not only will it drive traffic and leads through your content, but it will help show your expertise with your followers.
How to integrate my topics' content to my website?
Integrating your curated content to your website or blog will allow you to increase your website visitors’ engagement, boost SEO and acquire new visitors. By redirecting your social media traffic to your website, Scoop.it will also help you generate more qualified traffic and leads from your curation work.
Distributing your curated content through a newsletter is a great way to nurture and engage your email subscribers will developing your traffic and visibility.
Creating engaging newsletters with your curated content is really easy.