In this blog reflection I shall briefly discuss my perceived understanding of the purpose and value of digital curation for (i) myself as a professional, and (ii) for the students as learners.
There is no denying that we live in a global era with an over-abundance of digital material, and as such I acknowledge digital content curation as a critical skill for the twenty first century. In my blog reflection of 26 April 2017, I have already defined digital curation (also referred to as digital content curation) as the practice of selecting, collecting, preserving, maintaining and archiving of digital on-line resources. I have also provided an overview of Scoop.it as a free digital curation software - in addition to a number of alternative on-line digital curation tools - that lends itself well to the finding, reviewing, managing and sharing of digital information.
As we acknowledge already, as future educators it will be paramount for us to collect, reflect on, re-purpose and share digital resources and knowledge to satisfy sound, modern-day pedagogical expectations and requirements to optimise our teaching, but above all the learning and development of our future students. Typically, the collection of on-line resources involve the three main steps of (i) finding the necessary digital materials, (ii) gathering the information, and (iii) organising the resources in such a way that it can be effectively drawn upon and shared as necessary with other professionals and learners. Two particularly ideal sources to search for and find information with are identified as Twitter and Feedly, in addition to other relevant on-line sources of digital material. Following the finding and collection of digital resources, it is then vital to stay connected with fellow professionals and students alike, and to share those digital materials in a dedicated and purposeful way to maximise the teaching and learning process. The image below describes the total digital curation process quite well:
From our course materials and my above discussion, it is clear to observe the purpose and value of sound digital curation for ourselves as future educators and for the students as learners through the finding, gathering, organising and sharing of digital resources, endeavouring to develop and optimise our own pedagogies and the learning and development of students.