Curation is not simply collecting resources with a common theme, in one place, for easy access. Curation is developed by “deeper thinking through synthesis and evaluation of the collected items” (White, 2012). Content curation was a term that I was familiar with, but not something that I completely understood until this week. I was asked by my professor to create a checklist of effective content curation criteria with my class PLN group. Immediately, I dived through the resources given in my online class website to study more about curation. Although I have used many curators’ resources, I didn’t really recognize to what extent the curator was required to work to house this list together. Curation is not something completed in one day. It takes many hours and constant research to analyze the massive amount of information available online, while compiling a thorough and educational curated list of the most important information. I learned through my readings and classmates’ checklists that curated material should be organized, accessible, current, valuable, cited properly, and promoted for other professionals to view and comment upon.
I had the opportunity to work with Jessica Allen and Jana Warner on our Effective Content Curation Criteria Checklist. In order to work effectively with my PLN, I created a Google Doc and shared it in the beginning of the week so everyone could work on their efforts when convenient for them. I started out the list and found the first 6 items that I felt were necessary for a good curation. Jessica and Jana added their contributions and we came up with a list of 17 items for our checklist. With reflection and edits we finalized the list to create our finished product. I always appreciate working with a group because I learn so much about myself. I realize I am a perfectionist, and have to let go when necessary. Everyone works differently and at different paces. Finishing with time to revise helped me feel confident about working with my group in the future. I know we will make deadlines and be able to critique and review each others’ work. I realize everyone is busy, so we will have to divide and conquer and I am sure we will be successful. Below is the link to our Effective Content Curation Criteria. I trust you will enjoy reading through it, and look forward to your comments on this topic.
White, N. (2012, July 7). Understanding Content Curation. Retrieved September 25, 2016, from http://d20innovation.d20blogs.org/2012/07/07/understanding-content-curation/