Criteria for Quality Curation

A.  Be the curator, not just someone who seeks information.

According to Rosenbaum (2012), we need to “embrace content as both a maker and an organizer.”  This is a three-legged approach that includes not only creating content based on the research, but also inviting content.  In other words, we need to ask others to contribute content via the web.  Twitter is a good network for this because it is a tool that allows users to utilize and implement the three C’s: create, contribute, and collect (Rosenbaum, 2012).

_____1.  Does the information utilize and implement the three C’s: create, contribute, and

collect?  

_____2.  Is the content embraced as both a “maker and an organizer?”

B.  Share, share and share alike.

We need to be responsible curators, and this is so hard for all of us because we are teachers, we are tired, we are stressed, and we have zero time!  However, we have to credit our sources; otherwise; we are not credible.  Have you ever been in a situation where a fellow teacher shares a lesson plan that he or she takes credit for, but it is the exact same lesson that you have seen online?  Well, that person just blew his or her credibility.  As professionals, we need to take the extra minute or two and credit our sources (Rosenbaum, 2012).

_____3.  Are all the sources credited?

C.  As curators, we are storytellers.  

Think about how we receive and respond to news.  we really are “everyday” independent and interactive curators. The tools are there, the interest is there; the thing is, we are curators without even knowing it.  As we watch, collect and share media, including text and video, we need to be aware of this and be responsible (Guerrini, 2013).

____4.  Is the information credible?

____5.  Have we acted responsibly in sharing the information?


D.  Information overload?

Okay, yes, we are overloaded at times, but the message here is to stay away from individual curation because it does not expose us to enough information; more specifically, it doesn’t give us both sides of the issue.  We do not get the full picture; it causes us to be too subjective.

____6.  Has the information that has been shared offer the full picture?

____7.  Does the information meet the expectations of the title?

E.  Be the journalist.

According to  Oxnevad (2012), “People (and not machines) are the ones qualified to curate the content that matters most.”  With that in mind, we need to open ourselves to reading and qualifying more information than just what the local media provides, and we need to be  open-minded; however, we need not be susceptible to bias and propaganda.

____8.  Does the information go beyond the agenda of the local media?  

____9.  Is the information biased?  

F.  Make it relevant.

As stated by Freischtat, everything you publish, regardless of source, should be relevant — to your brand, to potential customers, to your industry, and across all platforms. All of the information that is put into your posts, should be thought of in terms of the topic. The content given should all be associated with the chosen topic. Be sure to keep track of your topic, so the information does not stray.

_____ 10.  Is the information associated with the topic?

_____ 11. Does the information help the customer find out information about the topic?

G.  Make it engaging.

The information should be based off of the topic, but it should also be engaging for the learner. The learner should want to continue looking through all of the information to find out as much as they can. The creator will need to ensure that the information is engaging and exciting for the learner.

_____12. Is the information engaging for the learner?


H.  Use recent materials.

The information should be recent and up to date. The learner will be looking for material that is current. The information should be recent enough that it pertains to what is happening in the world currently.

_____13.  Is the information current?

I.  Arrangement is important.

Arrange the content in a manner that makes sense and gives the maximum effect.  

_____ 14. Which piece should be in the lead?

_____ 15. What order should the rest be in?

J.  Share the end project.  

When you curate something, it is done for the benefit of an audience.  Share your project in such a manner that it is available to all.  Some common sites for sharing include Scoop.it, Storify, and Storyful.  

_____  16. Is your curated work shared in such a way as to be accessible to all?


References

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curation guide.  Retrieved from http://curation.masternewmedia.org/p/4008736236/maria-popova-and-the-art-of-curation-an-interview-with-the-curiosity-guide

Freischtat, G. (2012, July 10). The 3 R’s: A Balanced Formula for Effective Content Curation.  

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http://contentmarketinginstitute.com/2012/07/balanced-formula-for-effective-content/

Funk, J. (2012).  Educators as curators: 8 steps to bringing your students the best of the web.

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Oxnavad, S. (2012, August 16) 3 Cool tools to curate content. Retrieved from

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