Collecting, filtering, connecting, and sharing the information you find
What is It?
Curation is the process of finding, collecting, organizing, and filtering of information into a refined presentation. For example, this is the process museums go through in order to present relevant items and information for a specific topic. In this way, it is also a process of connecting and sharing.
How Can I Use Curation in My Course?
Instructors are using online content curation tools in the classroom to:
- create group activities
- organize and disseminate new content as a sort of digital handout to students in online and flipped classrooms
- collect and share professional reading materials with students
- foster discussion about current events
- encourage students to become both content creators and curators
- connect to experts outside class and to the world knowledge base
- critique information available on the web
- teach students to curate social media
- help students gain credibility and exposure
- keep track of online research efforts
- create reading lists
- help students gain access to the ‘collective intelligence’ of the Internet
Considerations for Online Courses
As instructors, we are all information curators. How do you collect and share currently relevant content with your students? How do your students research and share information that they find with the rest of class? What tools do you use to manage or facilitate presentation of resources? Is it public? Can students access it at other times? In groups?
There is so much available information. Modern web tools make it easy for both students and instructors to filter information and contribute online discoveries to class conversations. Using free online content curation software, we can easily integrate new content in a variety of ways.
Pinterest is a pinboard-style social photo sharing website. The service allows users to create and manage theme-based image collections linked out to sites of origin.
Scoop.it allows users to create and share their own themed magazines designed around a given topic.
Pearltrees is a content curation site that forms communities through sharing links through a visually striking interface.
- Mihailidis, P. & Cohen, J.N. (2013). Exploring Curation as a core competency in digital and media literacy education. Journal of Interactive Media in Education. 2013(1), p.Art. 2. DOI:https://doi.org/10.5334/2013-02
Antonio, A., & Tuffley, D. (2015). Promoting Information Literacy in Higher Education through Digital Curation. M/C Journal, 18(4).
- Flintoff, K., Mellow, P. & Clark, K. P. (2014). Digital curation: Opportunities for learning, teaching, research and professional development. In Transformative, innovative and engaging. Proceedings of the 23rd Annual Teaching Learning Forum, 30-31 January 2014. Perth: The University of Western Australia.
The following are some real-life examples of how content curation tools are being used in education.
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