Topics: Social Learning
Critical skills for supporting social learning: Content Curation
Beth Kanter's recent blog posting provides a good overview and a series of links to Robin Good, who has done important work to clarify content curation. Among the links are:
Robin Good has more than 250 tools in this collection, so it's well beyond the basics — and if you have the time, he's built a pretty good list of assets to help you master the topic. Read Beth Kanter's article on Robin Good's thoughts on content curation, "The Unanticipated Benefit of Content Curation"
Harold Jarche's article on an important capability for effective online social learning: personal knowledge management (PKM), which is behind active sense-making.
Harold Jarche's latest post raises a critical point about the importance of personal knowledge management (PKM) as a critical component of sense-making related to online collaborative learning. Sense-making takes time, discipline, and effort. A strength of PKM is the personal, "manual" nature of sense-making activities. The act of writing a blog post, a tweet, or an annotation on a social bookmark all force you to think a bit more than clicking once and filing it to an automated system. Other sense-making routines, like review of Twitter favorites and creating Friday’s Finds, can encourage reflection and reinforce learning. As Jarche notes in this article, Sense-making, or placing information into context, is where the real personal value of PKM lies. The knowledge gained from PKM is an emergent property of all its activities. Merely tagging an article does not create knowledge. The process of seeking out information sources, making sense of them through some actions, and then sharing with others to confirm or accelerate our knowledge are interlinked activities from which knowledge (often slowly) emerges. The difference between PKM and curation is that the former is personal, while the latter is for an intended audience. Sense-making is the most important aspect in both cases, as Jarche notes and codifies:
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