Continuing with Content Curation
Since my last post on curating content, I’ve been keeping an eye out for articles and posts that discuss this topic especially for L&D folks. Generally speaking I find that lots of people are saying that curation will be a required skill for L&D but these same people are either not practicing curators or getting into the detail of how to curate content.
One of the challenges I can see regarding content curation is finding ‘quality’ content in a sea of information. With such a huge volume you can’t be across everything but maybe that’s ok? Then what about sub-categories of content? As an example, in eLearning there’s content about authoring tools, learning theory, accessibility, graphic design, writing and many more.
So some questions I’ve been thinking about are:
Can the curated content be a mixed bag that falls under a common theme or is it better to sort by a category? For example eLearning or something more specific such as learning theory?
How do you keep track of content you find from different sources?
What tools are there to help with curating?
How do you build skills in curation? (I’m taking the jump in and give it a go approach).
Here’s my attempt at curating some content about content curation. The reason for selecting these particular posts was that they provide some diverse perspectives into content curation as well as a couple of examples of curated content (click the title to view).
A Framework for Content Curation by Ryan Tracey
In this post, Ryan proposes a practical framework for curating content. Built upon Tell me, Show me, Let me, Test me and focusing on quality being more important than quantity. The comments section is also a good read.
We are the Curators of the Learning Revolution by Ruth McElhone
As learning and development professionals move towards being curators in a world where there’s ample information, this post provides three good starting points for content curation.
Seven Approaches to Content Curation by Marc Rosenberg
I hadn’t thought of different approaches to curation until I read this post where Marc describes seven different approaches to curating content. Keep an eye out for Marc’s other articles on the topic.
Caveat Emptor of Curation by Con Sotidis
I had to look up ‘caveat emptor’ and found that it means ‘let the buyer beware’. This post raised another point that I hadn’t considered and that’s the potential for bias from the curator.
A carefully selected list of articles on a variety of L&D topics for the Guild’s community that comes out every week. In my opinion a good example of content curation.
A Week in Review by David Anderson
Another example of curation, each week David gathers links to demos, discussions, articles and more that all come from the E-Learning Heroes Community.
Pick of the Posts by Jane Hart
Jane does a monthly curated post but hers is focused around a particular topic area. For the month of August it was posts about social learning.