It's clear that content curation is increasingly being talked about as an important role for learning professionals (in the context of self-provisioned learning, scaffolding, learing environment de...
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The thing that amazes me most when it comes to what is supposedly "news and content curation" on platforms like Scoop.it, is that some of the most popular and trafficked channels have nothing to do with curating a topic for a specific audience.
Why? Because if you look at the supposed "curation" done on these channels, it is nothing but simple and often very superficial picking and unrestrained sharing of links with absolutely no concern for checking, verifying or let alone reading what is being posted.
This is how I long lost trust for many such curators. Because they are literally doing the opposite of what a true content curator should do: vet, verify, analyze, explore, check, add, inform, contextualize and reference.
In this light, I am not actually despising their work, because without them even realizing it, they are slowly creating the best opportunity and conditions for whoever does quality curation to shine a million times brighter.
As noise-generators they provide tremendous opportunity to those who know for real how to filter noise out.
Catherine Lombardozzi writes: "Filtering is an early step in the curation process, but a critical one.
Our learners count on us to cut through the noise and find the most useful materials to support their learning.
If they find that we have collated material that is inaccurate, out-dated, or relatively useless, they’ll go back to using their own search methodologies for finding materials, and our attempts to support them will be for naught."
And I must holeheartedly agree with her about the importance for curators, to be true, effective filters.
In this article, she offers some valuable guidelines and suggestions to help anyone interested in curation and in learning how to become an effective filter.
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