CURATION OF CONTENT FOR BETTER LEARNING
The information is acephalic, it doesn’t think for you. For this reason to be able to select it, process it, interpret it and analyze it we need a previous training. This ultimately results in that, there is much more noise in the network. Sometimes trying to get to information clean, without burden of opinion and without being pre-manipulated is complicated.
On the other hand, I have to say that from the academic field things have been misrepresented a little. The degrees of bibliotechology and documentation are not oriented to analysis but to information management, two things that are completely different.
There is so much information on the internet about any topic going through a simple recipe of cooking to complex medical or technological information, that it has become very complicated for the common people to have parameters for the choice of content.
For this reason it has taken a lot of value today, to do what is known as content healing, especially in the case of education or virtual training because it is no longer a teacher dictating in front of a student, where usually little matters if each of the students acquires enough knowledge to meet the proposed objectives at the beginning of the course.
Virtual training involves greater preparation by the facilitator so that each of its students achieves the expected level of learning and one of the convenient practices is to curate the content.
Curing the content consists of finding the information that is considered relevant to the course to be taught, taking into account the audience to which it is addressed and the objectives to be met at the end of that course, contextualize the information and place it in the appropriate order.
In the educational field it is necessary to manage the information that is on the Internet, and then analyze it and take out a final product of high value for the student. and for this you can follow the steps below to cure the content:
STEP #1 : DETERMINE THE NEEDS OF THE STUDENT
Typically, a teacher looks for the material he or she will dictate, particularly if he works for a university or college. Ideally in education for a student to learn, the teacher or facilitator knows in advance the needs of each student, regardless of the age of the student, since virtual education is more personalized. Therefore, you must first investigate your learning needs, your ability, your skills, your prior knowledge in the topic, in order to start looking for information according to the results of the previous needs analysis.
STEP #2 : LOOK FOR CONTENT
The facilitator will look for all the information he needs for the course but very surely when accessing the internet he will find too much information and if it reaches the student like this, he would not know what to do with it because it is so varied, even sometimes inconsistent or opposite. The facilitator will search for the information that concerns the course without going into its content. That is, the facilitator must assemble a large package of information so that he can take the next step.
STEP #3: FILTER CONTENT
Having already a good database of information for the course, the facilitator will proceed to choose the articles, videos, audios, etc., that he considers the most can contribute to the learning of the student. This can be done in several phases to extract from a large volume of information, only the one that really interests you and can motivate the student.
STEP #4: ORGANIZE CONTENT
The information already filtered or chosen is still cluttered, so the next step is to organize it based on the previously proposed agenda for the course. It will be considered that it is varied within each topic (text, video, audios, games. That is to have varied and formative material within each topic or unit of the course.
STEP #5: REINVENTING CONTENT
This step is one of the most important to give it quality and make it unique because at this stage, the facilitator puts all his experience and acquired knowledge to give excellence to the course to offer. It is important to remember how it was mentioned at the beginning that the information is acephalic and is therefore where the existence of the facilitator becomes valid. This is where your expertise or experience gained during your professional career is priced and it is up to him to do this step.
STEP #6: SHARE CONTENT
By logic, after doing all the above work, the important thing is to socialize the content and share it with the audience that is expected to be the best to receive and assimilate it.
In the case of being a facilitator, the idea is to share it with your students by the most appropriate means depending on whether the information is just text, images, video or a combination of them.
STEP #7: MEASURE THE CONTENT
And to finish the curate of contents, you have to measure the result of the contents in each student. One way is through the exams and quizzes that are given to the student and another is that based on those exams and the participation of the student during the course, determine how effective the content selection was for each topic or for each student, being very objective so that the material is improved more and more and can be expected as using it according to the audience , as well as seeing which contents are discarded and which have been most beneficial to learning.
Written by : Nubia Puentes G.
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