Six Tips for Content Curation
Are you an instructional designer or someone who develops
training? Do you find yourself wading through content trying to
determine what to include and what to ignore? Our senior
instructional designer, Stacy Friedman, recently wrote an article
for Learning Solutions Magazine that grounds the concept of
content curation and provides some great tips, as well as some
pitfalls to avoid.
1. Diversify: Get beyond the single-learning-event model. Instead of predictable, templated
eLearning courses, gather video demos, create practice activities, recommend articles
for further learning, and attach spec sheets for performance support later.
2. Share the sharing. Students are curious and want to consult with their peers;
encourage information exchange through wikis, commenting features, and chat
functions. Moderate if necessary or have an SME do it.
3. Remember quality control. You may not create all the content for the learners, but hold
onto your standards. Avoid presenting information thats amateurish, low in production
value, or akin to shovel ware.
4. Be cohesive. Even when curating top-notch content, a lurking pitfall is the patchwork
learning solution. For example, be mindful of your clients style guide and make sure
none of your chosen materials violates those standards. Design the trainings scaffolding
(such as navigation and graphics) to give learners a consistent experience, even with a
variety of content types.
5. Be authentic. Curation works best when readers see the curator as a credible proxy for
their own tastes and preferences. Engage learners with user-centered design, and user-
test to get insights into their behavior.
6. Explore the Experience API. Want to know what learners are reading outside your
course? Look into Experience API (xAPI). If you havent yet investigated the possibilities
of this new specification, start here. By capturing a learning record store of your learners
activities, xAPI provides insight about what content learners find useful, which could
shape your curation efforts.
You can read the full article here. What tips do you have?