S.12- Content Curation


Session 12: Developing Learning Content: Creation and Curation

“We are living in the middle of the largest increase in expressive capacity in the history of the human race…more people can communicate more things to more people than has ever been possible in the past, and the size and speed of this increase, from under one million participants to over one billion in a generation, makes the change unprecedented.”

(Clay Shirky, Here Comes Everybody: The Power of Organizing Without Organizations)


Session Overview

In our first class in this module we considered the idea that the web was changing how and where learning is taking place, and proposed that the web has evolved as a platform of participation. In light of Shirky’s quote above, we find ourselves in a context where digital technologies are providing unprecedented opportunities for creating new things (e.g., images, text, video, sound, data, and communities), while also giving rise to the need for filtering an overwhelming amount of content on the web. This class session will build on the notion of the web as a platform of participation and examine the need for educators to not only engage in content creation, but to also recognize the need to organize content – to curate the web – as a form of meaning making. We suggest that these practices of creation and curation are not only valuable for teaching, but are also important for understanding new learning opportunities in a changing landscape.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of this session you should be able to:

  • Identify and discuss example uses of digital technologies that support creation / development of learning content.
  • Begin practicing and evaluate the practices of tagging, aggregation and curation to support learning.
  • Describe opportunities for using digital technologies for supporting learner-generated content.

Key Questions

  • How can future faculty members make better decisions about technology-enhanced teaching and learning?
  • How are RSS and related technologies changing how people access and curate information?
  • How can you take advantage of RSS, aggregation and curation to support your own personal learning?


>> “Speed Dating” – Presentation of brief (5 minute) teaching vignettes that emphasizing how practice is enhanced – or how some problem is solved – by the use of a digital technology within the context of teaching / learning.

Creation (Possible options to consider…)

  • ScreenCasting / movies
  • Sound recordings
  • Blogs (academic publishing platforms)
  • SlideStuff (prezi, HaikuDeck, SlideShare, etc.)

Curation (Possible options to consider…)

  • YouTube playlists
  • Diigo
  • Netvibes / RSS / Feedly (aggregated learning content)
  • MERLOT / open educational resources

Form:  Digital Technology to Support Teaching and Learning
Responses: Collection of Class Examples


  1. Read selected book
  2. Begin draft of your review / reflection paper
  3. Post ONE profound idea to your Learning Journal