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An Introductory Guide to Content Curation

An Introductory Guide to Content Curation | Content Curation World |
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If you are interested in understanding what content curation is all about and where's its key value, you will find this reading material relevant to your learning goal.

In this reading collection (25 articles) you can learn how curation can be a fantastic instrument for learning, journalism and marketing, as it provides the means to create value, to find unique resources and to illustrate them, and in this process it showcases your competence and expertise on the matter (or the one of your company / organization). 

If you are just starting out with content curation, this learning playlist will provide you with all the basic info you need to know to better understand this new activity and its relevance in our times.

Learning playlist: 

Dean Mantz's curator insight, January 17, 12:38 PM

Thanks Robin for sharing this Curation guide on your site. 

Alfredo Corell's curator insight, January 23, 3:25 PM

A very useful guide from one of the Pioneers in Content Curation

Bookmarking Librarian's curator insight, April 1, 10:35 PM
Content curation
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Collect, Organize and Curate Web Content Into Visual Boards with Mammothhq

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Mammoth is a web app which allows you to easily grab, collect and organize any content you find on the web. From text, to images and video clips, can be easily dragged and dropped into the vertical sidebar widget called Mini-Mammoth and placed into different collections called "boards".


Boards can be set to be public or private. 5 GB of free space available for every new user. For every person you refer you get an extra GB. Can invite others to collaborate with you.  


My comment: Good tool to collect and organize stuff that you need for your own projects and interests. Differently than similar tools it offers a full text and content editor to enrich, complement and annotate boards with original stuff opening the way also to learning and educational purposes.


Free to use.


Try it out now or request an invite: 


Chrome extension: 


Find out more: 


More video clips: 


Carlos Bisbal's curator insight, November 16, 2013 10:11 AM

Buena herramienta para recopilar y organizar todo el material que puedes necesitar para tus proyectos e intereses. A diferencia de otras herramientas similares, esta ofrece un completo editor de textos y un editor de contenido para enriquecer, complementar y hacer anotaciones con material original. También deja abierto el camino de su uso para el aprendizaje y los fines educativos . 

Anne Méner's curator insight, November 17, 2013 5:34 AM

Paraît simple à utiliser pour un premier travail de collecte d'information.

Georges Millet's curator insight, November 18, 2013 5:58 AM

If you look for new ways of curating all information you processed, an other alternative to Evernote ...

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A Curated Search Engine of Learning Resources: Gooru

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Gooru is a curated search engine focusing on K-12 free learning resources which allows teachers and educators to easily find relevant materials on most topics and to organize them into shareable collections, quizzes and customizable playlists.

"Quickly and easily pinpoint the exact resources for your teaching needs by filtering search results by grade level, resource type, and Common Core State Standard."

"...drag and drop pre-existing collections to save them in your personal library. Once saved, you can customize collections by uploading your own resources, adding narration to resources, and inserting questions to test for understanding."

Classpages, which can be password protected, allow to assign collections and quizzes to students in specific classes. In Gooru it's possible to create multiple Classpages and to manage assignments across different sections all in one place.

"As students study collections and answer questions, teachers receive direct feedback on their mastery and progress, allowing them to personalize instruction to individualized learning preferences."

My comment: A great tool for teachers and educators working with the need to find pre-screened quality learning guides and with the desire to customize to a deeper degree their students learning resources path. Also another solid example of where the future of search is happily headed.
Free to use.

Try it out now: 

Find out more: 

Intro presentation of what Gooru is: 

More useful info here: 

Olga Boldina's comment, September 17, 2013 1:36 AM
Thank you Robin!
Robin Good's comment, September 17, 2013 3:08 AM
You are very welcome Olga.
ManufacturingStories's curator insight, September 18, 2013 9:59 AM

Robin - Another great analysis.  Thanks for all of our hard work & curation. 

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More Bonus Tools Line Up for Participants to Content Curation Master Class

More Bonus Tools Line Up for Participants to Content Curation Master Class | Content Curation World |

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Three additional content curation tools have chosen to partner and support my upcoming Content Curation for Everyone Master Class (Mon. July 8th) by providing free special access to their PRO versions to all of the course participants.

These new ones include:

1) Spundge - content curation/publishing platform

60 days access to PRO account for free

2) Listly - create/curate/publish professional-looking embeddable lists

60 days access to PRO account for free

3) Twtrland - find true influencers and experts for every niche, skill or place

60 days access to PRO account for free +

free 30-minute custom demo

These three line up to complete a growing set that already includes:

4) Swayy - news discovery and curated social sharing

direct access to private Beta + PRO plan free for 45 days

5) - content curation/publishing platform

access to PRO account  for free for 3 months

6) OpenTopic - content curation/publishing platform

access to Private Beta

7) Permamarks - permanent archival of web pages

access to Private Beta

8) To be announced shortly.

Participants to the "Content Curation for Everyone" class will also get:

  • early access to my newest content curation tools mastermap, which contains over 300 tools organized by application/use and technology/format type.

  • access to my log of 100 criteria to evaluate any content curation tool

N.B.: Though the official promotion says for "beginners" this is really an "intermediate" class designed for those who already understand the basics and want to go beyond them.

You can sign-up for the class here:

For more info, contact me directly at: Robin.Good @

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The Future of Learning Is All About Curation and Search

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If you are curious to know what I think about curation and search and their future, check out this 3-minute audio excerpt from a much longer interview about curating your experience I had with Joel Zasflosky of ValueofSimple.

In it I highlight how inadequate is to expect Google results to fulfill the need that many people have to learn and deepen their knowledge about a topic they are not familiar with.

Google set of very specific, highly filtered and ranked text results represent many, often relevant, individual bites of a larger puzzle that is never shown.

You are provided tons of individual trees in place of the "forest" you have asked about.

That is the greatest limitation for Google… when it comes the need, not to find a specific book, product, event or person, but for learning, understanding, for seeing the bigger picture, then the individual bites, ranked by Google authority or Pagerank, just don't serve our need.

This is why, just like we can't feed our appetites only with Big Macs, when it comes to learning about a topic we're not familiar with, we will increasingly rely on curated search engines, trusted guides and portals who can provide us with a much better and more useful roadmap into learning than Google can.

Audio excerpt:

Full interview: 

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Search, Collect and Organize Information Into Visual Learning Boards with Edcanvas

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EdCanvas is a web service which allows you to search, find, clip and collect any kind of content, from text to video clips and to organize it into visual boards for educational and learning purposes.

Differently than Pinterest, EdCanvas is specifically targeted at the education world and at schools and teachers, and it makes possible not just to collect "images" from web pages, but to collect and organize whichever content elements you want, including full web pages.

EdCanvas boards also offer the ability to easily reposition each item in the collection according to your preferences and it provides a number of pre-set layout options for displaying content in your boards.

The strongest feature for EdCanvas is an integrated search engine, which allows you to search for images, websites, video clips across Google, YouTube and Flickr, and lets you grab and drop any relevant result into anyone of your collections. Furthermore Edcanvas can connect directly to your Dropbox or Google Drive giving you access to all of your personal library files.

Similar tools:

Free to use.

Try it out now:

Help / support:

Examples of collections: (scroll down)

Becky Roehrs's curator insight, May 22, 2013 9:50 AM

This looks fantastic!

joanna prieto's curator insight, May 24, 2013 11:42 AM

Se ve genial la herramienta, la probaré y les cuento!


reyhan's curator insight, December 12, 2013 1:14 PM

EdCanvas is a web service which allows you to search, find, clip and collect any kind of content, from text to video clips and to organize it into visual boards for educational and learning purposes.


Differently than Pinterest, EdCanvas is specifically targeted at the education world and at schools and teachers, and it makes possible not just to collect "images" from web pages, but to collect and organize whichever content elements you want, including full web pages.


EdCanvas boards also offer the ability to easily reposition each item in the collection according to your preferences and it provides a number of pre-set layout options for displaying content in your boards.


The strongest feature for EdCanvas is an integrated search engine, which allows you to search for images, websites, video clips across Google, YouTube and Flickr, and lets you grab and drop any relevant result into anyone of your collections. Furthermore Edcanvas can connect directly to your Dropbox or Google Drive giving you access to all of your personal library files.

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Curation and Creation Over Pedagogy and Classical Education

Curation and Creation Over Pedagogy and Classical Education | Content Curation World |

Robin Good: What is it more important?

To refine a science of how to transmit, explain and illustrate what "needs to be known" or that we empower learners to create their own learning direction, approach, scaffolding and pace, by providing them with the ability to "drive" and "build" their learning value and not by having them become open sponges that memorize and comprehend what we offer them?

From the original article by Dominik Lukes: "A self-directed, self-motivated learner, will take any resources (no matter how pedagogically naive or badly instructionally designed – Khan Academy, iTunesU lectures, iPad ebooks, labs, conventional classes or TED videos) and use them to learn.

As the learner becomes more aware of their own learning (gaining metacognitive skills), they will look for resources that suit their learning better. And, in many cases, will create such resources.

That’s why we need to encourage a culture of the remix. Or in starker terms: Curation and creation over education."

Rightful. 7/10

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Content Curation: A Key Skill Needed By 21st-Century School Librarians

Content Curation: A Key Skill Needed By 21st-Century School Librarians | Content Curation World |

Robin Good: School librarians may be one of the new change-making roles in the educational revolution silently taking place. Their role as organizers, collectors and guides to relevant information is a skillset that is not only in growing demand by the marketplace, but which perfectly fits the learning needs of today students / tomorrow information workers.

Joyce Valenza and Shannon Miller, who recently presented at the Building Learning Communities conference, think that we are about to witness a "golden age" of librarianship and that there are five skills that information / school librarians need to cultivate.

The first of these is curation.

"Given the unprecedented quantity of information learners are exposed to, the librarian’s role is more important than ever.

Librarians help all students gain access to, evaluate, ethically use, create, share, and synthesize information.


Students have long documented their research in notebooks, bibliographies, and research papers, but the presenters described these containers as inadequate for the digital landscape.

In the 20th century, content was king, but in this millennium, curation has emerged as the new monarch.

Valenza and Miller highlighted emerging technologies that help students showcase their progress as they acquire, organize, contextualize, and archive both existing content and new learning.

...The presenters stressed the value of teaching learners to purposefully contribute to society’s collective intelligence.


School librarians, with their specialized training and background in collecting, organizing, preserving, and disseminating information, must now teach their patrons—students and educators alike—to perform these tasks."

Relevant. 7/10

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Understanding the Value of Curation for Education: Nancy White

Understanding the Value of Curation for Education: Nancy White | Content Curation World |

Robin Good: What does curation mean from an educational viewpoint? And what is the key difference between "collecting" and "curating".

Nancy White (@NancyW), a 21st Century Learning & Innovation Specialist and the author of Innovations in Education blog, has written an excellent article, dissecting the key characterizing traits of curation, as a valuable resource to create and share knowledge. 

She truly distills some key traits of curation in a way that is clear and comprehensible to anyone.

She writes: "The first thing I realized is that in order to have value-added benefits to curating information, the collector needs to move beyond just classifying the objects under a certain theme to deeper thinking through a) synthesis and b) evaluation of the collected items.

How are they connected?"

Excellent definition. 

And then she also frames perfectly the relevance of "context" for any meaningful curation project by writing: "I believe when we curate, organization moves beyond thematic to contextual – as we start to build knowledge and understanding with each new resource that we curate.

Themes have a common unifying element – but don’t necessarily explain the “why.”

Theme supports a central idea – Context allows the learner to determine why that idea (or in this case, resource) is important.

So, as collecting progresses into curating, context becomes essential to determine what to keep, and what to discard."

But there's a lot more insight distilled in this article as Nancy captures with elegance the difference between collecting for a personal interest and curating for a specific audience. 

She finally steals my full endorsement for this article by discretely inquirying how great a value it would be to allow students to "curate" the domains of interest they need to master.

Excellent. Highly recommended. 9/10

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Beth Kanter's comment, July 8, 2012 1:22 PM
I especially like how she used the Bloom's Taxonomy and related that to curation.
Stalder Angèle's comment, August 1, 2012 3:56 AM
Thank you for this scoop!
Shaz J's comment, August 5, 2012 10:39 AM
Thanks for this!
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Curate Custom Video Learning Courses with Course Hero

Curate Custom Video Learning Courses with Course Hero | Content Curation World |

Robin Good: Course Hero is a platform which allows the creation and delivery of online video courses curated from the best existing published content on that topic.

There are already ready-made courses to access or you can submit a topic that you would like to video-curate into a course.

"You can learn just about anything from YouTube...if you're willing to dig through millions of videos."

From Techcrunch: "Luckily, Course Hero has done the work for you, offering coherent classes by hosting collections of the best educational YouTube videos and other content.

The newly launched courses section of the eduTech startup’s site now has classes in entrepreneurship, business plan development, and programming in a variety of languages.


By drawing from YouTube and other openly available education, Course Hero plans to set up courses for anything it, or you, can think of.


Each course breaks down into roughly 6 chapters of 6 concept YouTube videos, videos, articles, and more. Unlike Udemy‘s one-teacher-per-class approach, Course Hero courses are compiled from content by many teachers.

Rather than put you at the mercy of long-winded professors, Course Hero trims videos and articles down to their most important teachings.

Along the way you’ll answer quiz questions, take tests to complete chapters, and face a final exam to finish a course and earn proficiency badges..."

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Learning By Exploring, Organizing and Curating a Body of Information: Curatr

Robin Good: Curatr, an elearning platform built upon the idea of discovery through the curation and sense-making of existing information, has just released an updated version of its platform which you can check out here: 

Live demo: 

Curatr allows professional trainers, experts, and teachers, as much as students to organize and curate information for the purpose of learning.


What I like very much is the Curatr promotional video, which says lots of true things about education and about the way we should carry it out in the future. The next-button-robot approach to information memorization needs to be replaced with a new approach: learning to understand how learners construct knowledge.

Curatr is about the construction of the scaffolding that allows people to learn and to find the resources that should help them best learn what they are interested into. 

Promising. Insightful. 8/10

Find out more: 

janlgordon's comment, February 29, 2012 11:11 AM
Another gem, thank you so much Robin!
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Most Important Thing in Content Curation: Adding Value - Here 14 Ways To Do It

Most Important Thing in Content Curation: Adding Value - Here 14 Ways To Do It | Content Curation World |
Thinking of adding value should be the first stage in curation, PKM, or any professional online sharing.
Robin Good's insight:

If you are curating content, whether for the purpose of personal learning, or for creating a useful public information resource, your very first objective should be how can you add value to the existing information that you are going to work on.

Harold Jarche, does a wonderful job of explaining in simple terms what's the difference between sharing on social media, reposting or making your bookmarks public, versus the actual vetting and selection of each individual content item in light of the context and objective for which it is being curated.

The cherry on the pie from the author is an invaluable synthesis and bringing together of related items from Ross Dawson, Maria Popova and me, that allows you to scan and see at a glance 14 different ways in which you can truly add value to whichever set of information bits you are dealing with.

A great reference for anyone looking to improve the quality and value of its own curated work.

Useful. Inspiring. 8/10

Full article: 

Pierre Clause's curator insight, January 5, 5:07 AM

Adding value can be as small as : what touched me in this article ? what resonates for me ? any sensible way to express your P.O.V. actually !

John Thomas's curator insight, February 5, 6:27 AM

Most Important Thing in Content Curation: Adding Value - Here 14 Ways To Do It

Nevermore Sithole's curator insight, March 10, 11:53 AM

14 ways to add value when curating content

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Content Curation for Learning and Development: What People Think [Video]

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Over a year ago, Ben Betts has curated a nice video clip trying to bring together different viewpoints and takes on what content curation is and how it can be used effectively for learning and development. 

The clip which is seven minutes long includes several written statements from individuals as well as a set of short front-face video explanations on the value of curation. 

The result is a unique video, which without fancy effects or glamourous introductions, which dives right into the topic by bringing together valuable viewpoints in a format that is effective for anyone wanting to slowly learn and discover what this curation frenzy is all about.

Good job. For those interested in education and development interested in learning more about curation. 7/10


Original video: 

Event page where it was first published: 

Ben Betts: 

Rudi Permana's curator insight, September 29, 2013 11:14 AM

I started to enjoy this new activity

Begoña Iturgaitz's comment, September 29, 2013 5:43 PM
many thanks!!!
Begoña Iturgaitz's curator insight, September 29, 2013 5:52 PM

Nora goaz? 

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Curation for Learning Means Falling in Love with a Body of Knowledge

Curation for Learning Means Falling in Love with a Body of Knowledge | Content Curation World |

"Yesterday during the Vice Chancellor's Teaching and Learning Conference at Plymouth University, I presented a think piece with Oliver Quinlan.   The thrust of our thinking is that students..."

Robin Good's insight:

Thanks to Steve Wheeler and Oliver Quinlan for a very inspirational post about the relevance of curation for students and learning.

I think they really nail down the key issue that needs to be addressed when presenting curation as a key alternative to the present learning approach.

"The thrust of our thinking is that students arrive at University conditioned to chase the answer that they think the lecturer is looking for.  

That we can use a range of online tools to bring to the surface skills in engaging with the body of knowledge rather than collecting quotes for an essay.  

We argued that we need to take students through a paradigm shift, to enable them to understand how to read and curate that reading, having taken a critical, forensic approach to the reading they undertake."

Content Curation is a vital skill and reasonably closely aligned with the role defined as a maven and made famous in Gladwell’s book Tipping Point.

We are seeking to turn our students into the nation’s leading mavens of their discipline.

To fall in love with their body of knowledge and then write their answer, rather than seeking our answer."

And that is exactly the point. Moving from a passive, rote memorization of notions to the opportunity to investigate, research, dive in and explore a body of knowledge to create something meaningful for others to tap into.

" many novice learners, and in particular undergraduate students, attempt to build into their work what they believe their lecturers require from them. this is often exepmlifed with over complex, “plucked from a thesaurus”  language... 

"Just as the Melanesian islanders failed to understand the inner   workings of technology, but attempted to recreate it from its surface appearance, so undergraduate students who ‘don’t get it’ attempt to write critical essays by stringing together references into some form of meaningful narrative."

"Once students get the idea that they can write critically by being forensic and striving to understand the concepts and theories rather than simply creating replicas of texts they have only half read, they will begin to assimilate these ideas successfully in to their own thinking and ideology.  

We want to ensure that students become curators of their discipline, rather than magpies intent upon adorning their world with shiny disconnected baubles of information, with no care as to where the information came from, its author or its relationship to the rest of the body of knowledge."

The analogy with "cargo cults" presented in the article is a perfect match to illustrate easily to anyone the type of education we are providing to our students today.

Must read article. Highly recommended. 9/10

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Thomas C. Thompson's curator insight, July 7, 2013 10:48 PM

People were born to learn, this makes everyone they're own expert in the topic they love best.

Frances's curator insight, July 10, 2013 10:53 AM

Ah, love of knowledge!

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How To Leverage Curation and Tablets as Learning Tools

How To Leverage Curation and Tablets as Learning Tools | Content Curation World |

Robin Good's insight:

From the original article by Justin Reich and Beth Holland on MindShift: "What would a math class look like where students learn to compute, prove, derive, and intuit, as well as to discern and appreciate mathematical beauty?

What about a history class where students maintained a portfolio of beautiful artifacts and ideas from multiple periods?

How might efforts to curate benefit from the portability and ubiquity of mobile devices?

What would a “relevance portfolio” look like, where students catalog their daily encounters with ideas or experiences? What other kinds of portfolios could students create over the course of their academic career?"

If you are curious to get a glimpse at how tablets and their apps can be utilized to leverage curation for your classroom learning objectives, then this is definitely a good read.

You get a good introduction with some interesting historical facts about curation and about what it could be done with it in the real of education, and then you are provided with a good number of examples and tools that you can start to use right away.

Informative. Resourceful. 8/10

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Curation for Education: The Curator as a Facilitator

Curation for Education: The Curator as a Facilitator | Content Curation World |
Robin Good's insight:

To help others learn something they are interested in, one of the most effective approaches is one of providing suggestions, start-off points, tips on resources and playgrounds where the learner can jump into to build his own personalized learning journey.

Huzefa (Zef) Neemuchwala, an entrepreneurial educator with expertise in the application of games and simulations in education, has a very inspiring short post on his YellowSequoia blog.

He writes:

"One of the major stumbling blocks with our education clients is that they perceive games as yet another thing that they have to get their heads around to teach in class.

We have tried to address this by asking them to modify this approach in class from being an expert to being a facilitator.

In today’s connected classrooms, students have access to all the world’s content. Standing up in the front of the classroom and talking is not a relevant teaching method anymore.

Educators need to facilitate not teach; and curation is an important skill to enable facilitation."

Rightful. Insightful. Inspiring. 8/10

Original post:

More info about the author and his company:

P.S.: I wish the author had published a link to the original discussion on LinkedIN which inspired his post.

On this topic check also my article: 

Alfredo Corell's curator insight, June 7, 2013 6:44 PM

An expert always provides feedback on the next steps....


A facilitator... facilitates the student to learn from peer feedback and self reflection

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, June 7, 2013 7:38 PM

We know we have lots of self-appointed experts. They masquerade as facilitators as well.

Begoña Iturgaitz's curator insight, June 13, 2013 11:44 AM

focus on chart. The other ideas are the ones we've been dealing with for...ten years?

Nire iritziz taula da  interesgarriena. Gainerako ideiek +10 urte? dauzkate.

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Curation, Sharing, Transparency and Failure: How We Can Learn by Sharing Our Process

Curation, Sharing, Transparency and Failure: How We Can Learn by Sharing Our Process | Content Curation World |

We've heard the argument that everyone's a curator online by means of blogging and reblogging, but what about the professional curators who are responsible for producing major physical exhibitions ...

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Lindsay Howard provides a much needed insight into the value of sharing the curatorial process, as a way to help others learn from our thinking and mistakes.

Too many times, curation is victim of its own desire to impress and surprise by preparing collections and galleries for extended periods of time for a final showcase or exhibition.

But the process through which all this work is done is often hidden from view, both for fear of showing our own failures, mistakes and changes of heart, as well as for providing greater expectation for its final release.

But managing curation work in this fashion deprives everyone from the opportunity to discover, understand and learn deeper by seeing the curation process evolve from beginning to end.

"...the paradox of failure: while the human impulse is to evade it, the only way to improve is to learn from our experiences and the experiences of others. We share as a way to understand, but even more importantly, we share in order to..." learn more.

This is why anyone who wants to curate should seriously consider becoming more transparent about the way his curation process is carried out.

For curation is not, as falsely promoted, a means to gain fast visibility and authority, but rather an approach to organize, make-sense and help others understand what is not immediately visible (which, as a positive consequence when done right, can gain you the extra visibility and authority you may be seeking).

Insightful. 8/10

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ghbrett's curator insight, March 13, 2013 4:33 PM

Check out Robin's comments below. Once again, Thank You Robin for a great review

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Crystina Castiglione's curator insight, March 30, 2013 11:29 PM
This article really brought to light what being globally connected can do for not just artists, but curators as well and how it can be used to create an entirely new type of exhibition. It also describes a new age of art that infuses the way we use technology, especially within social media networks.
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Webinars Curation: Find, Rate and Organize The Best Online Events and Lessons with Hublished

Webinars Curation: Find, Rate and Organize The Best Online Events and Lessons with Hublished | Content Curation World |

Robin Good: Hublished has announced a new web service, launching privately this fall, that allows "publishers" to host, upload and deliver live webinars, and for "peers" to find, curate, organize and save the most interesting ones into their own collections / hubs.

For the first time ever, educated consumers and professionals can discover and share live, recent, and upcoming content from brands and experts.

"Hublished solves two problems, for the two different types of users that will be on the site.

For experts and brands, whom we call Publishers, Hublished is a central location they can promote upcoming webinars and upload recent ones, in order to reach new consumers and generate leads. For professionals and industry enthusiasts, whom we call Peers, Hublished provides a discovery and curation platform that helps them separate the hacks from the experts when it comes to cutting-edge information and continuing education."


Find out more / request an invite:

Giuseppe Mauriello's comment, August 5, 2012 6:12 AM
great finding! Thank you, Robin!
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Students as Curators of Their Learning Topics

Students as Curators of Their Learning Topics | Content Curation World |

Robin Good: Must-read article on by Leslie M-B, exploring in depth the opportunity to have students master their selected topics by "curating" them, rather than by reading and memorizing facts about them.

"Critical and creative thinking should be prioritized over remembering content"

"That students should learn to think for themselves may seem like a no-brainer to many readers, but if you look at the textbook packages put out by publishers, you’ll find that the texts and accompanying materials (for both teachers and students) assume students are expected to read and retain content—and then be tested on it.

Instead, between middle school (if not earlier) and college graduation, students should practice—if not master—how to question, critique, research, and construct an argument like an historian."

This is indeed the critical point. Moving education from an effort to memorize things on which then to be tested, to a collaborative exercise in creating new knowledge and value by pulling and editing together individual pieces of content, resources and tools that allow the explanation/illustration of a topic from a specific viewpoint/for a specific need.

And I can't avoid to rejoice and second her next proposition: "What if we shifted the standards’ primary emphasis from content, and not to just the development of traditional skills—basic knowledge recall, document interpretation, research, and essay-writing—but to the cultivation of skills that challenge students to make unconventional connections, skills that are essential for thriving in the 21st century?"

What are these skills, you may ask. Here is a good reference where to look them up: (put together by the Partnership for 21st Century Skills)

Recommended. Good stuff. 9/10

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Audrey's curator insight, August 13, 2013 5:01 PM

Brilliant.  This is an example of what is known as "flipping" where the student is directed to where information can be found, e.g. Youtube, websites, powerpoint, etc and set critical evaluative questions.


Home School Learning is an ideal example of students as curators of their learning. It is essential for children to learn to be in charge of their learning from pre-school in order to develop essential evaluative and critical analytical skills.


Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, August 13, 2013 7:43 PM

I had a similar conversation yesterday and as I prepare my lit review this thinking has emerged. It is less about content and more about skills, attitudes, habits, practices, etc. in learning.

Priscilla Der's curator insight, April 6, 10:12 PM

This article is a reminder that as we are curating content as teachers so are students. Rather then memorizing or reciting textbook facts, students should be able to steer and set their own learning goals (this is where PBL) comes into mind. 

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Organizing and Curating Content on a Subject May Actually Be The Best Way To Learn It

Organizing and Curating Content on a Subject May Actually Be The Best Way To Learn It | Content Curation World |

Robin Good: I think Sam Gliksman has a vital point here. 

The point is this: there is no better way to learn something than to research, organize and build a personal framework of information, facts, resources, tools and stories around it. 

And yes, if I do think about it, I can only confirm that my in my experience this has certainly been the case. 

Rather than learn by memorizing and going through a predetermined path that someone else has arbitrarily set for me (and thousands of others), by curating my own learning path and curriculum, I am forced to dive into discovery and sense-making for the very start, two essential ingredients for effective learning. 

The change is evident: from passive memorization of predetermined info, to personal exploration, discovery and sense-making of what I am interested in pursuing. 

With such an approach, the replacement of classic teachers with curators who can act as guides, coaches and wise advisors to my exploratory wanderings may be vital to the success of many learners. 

Curation can therefore be a revolutionary concept applicable both to learners and their approach as well as to the new "teachers" who need to become trusted guides in specific areas of interest.

Here's the text excerpt from this article, that sparked in me these ideas:


"Reliance on any type of course textbook – digital, multimedia, interactive or otherwise – only fits as a more marginal element in student-centered learning models.

It’s not the nature of the textbook as much as its reverence in the classroom as “the” singular authority for learning.

Lifelong learners need to be skilled in finding, filtering, collating, evaluating, collaborating, editing, analyzing and utilizing information from a multitude of sources.

Instead we could prioritize “content construction”. Textbooks are an important gateway - a starting point from which students can learn and then begin their exploration of information on any topic (although even on that point I feel we should encourage the “critical reading” of textbooks).

However the days when students could responsibly rely on any textbook as a singular information source are gone.

Also, the process of accessing, synthesizing and utilizing information is often as important as the product.

The skills developed are an essential component of education and life today.

We have access to an exponentially growing amount of information to process and apply [and] there are many excellent tools we can all use to help in constructing and organizing that content."

Insightful. Informative. 8/10

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Robin Good's comment, March 3, 2012 1:13 PM
Thank you for being so kind. I am happy to see this resonates with your experience too.
janlgordon's comment, March 3, 2012 5:37 PM
This is another great piece and it certainly resonates with me, thanks for sharing this Robin.
Steven Verjans's curator insight, December 11, 2012 7:19 PM

Not to mention that it's the first step towards research as well.