Beth Kanter (2011) states that content curation is “the process of sorting through the vast amounts of content on the web and presenting it in a meaningful and organized way around a specific theme.” Content curation is more than just picking a bunch of links to information about a topic and posting them. It involves careful consideration of whether the information is relevant to the reader, comes from a credible source, is annotated with a reflection from the curator, and is organized in a meaningful way for the reader to better understand the topic. The curated content is also continuously updated and kept current by its author in order to provide the best content for the reader. Curating content has become an essential practice due to the large amount of information that is shared all over the internet.
This week I worked with my PLN mini group to come up with a checklist for assessing the quality and value of a curated topic. We used a Google Doc to create this checklist. Using Google Docs is nice because each of us had editing rights to the document and could add information and comments at any time. Because of some time constraints I had, I got started with the project by providing the group with a list of criteria or questions for evaluating our curated topics that I developed from reading our resources. I also provided the links to the resources I used. My next group member took the list I created and expanded upon it by providing explanations for some of the criteria, citing the resources, and developing our list of references. Finally, the other two group members finished the explanations and reviewed the references to be sure they were properly formatted using the APA style. We worked well together as a group given our busy and varied schedules and I believe we developed a quality checklist.
Here is the link to the checklist our PLN created: