4. Curate information

Choose a minimum of 8 high quality sources and curate them using a social media curation tool (e.g. Scoopit, Elink, Diigo). They can be a combination of scholarly (journal articles, book chapters, conference papers) and professional (e.g. teacher blogs, teacher websites). Note: Please do not curate students’ blogs from previous iteration of this unit.

The sources should be focused on your primary inquiry question and your title should clearly indicate your focus. Choose specific sources that inform your research question, don’t choose broad, general sources on inquiry learning. Your sources must be high quality and relevant. Your collection should be a high quality, shareable professional learning resource. You should provide a 100-word annotation for each source. You should consider the following questions when writing your annotation:

  • How does this source help me to extend my understanding of my primary inquiry question?
  • How relevant is this source to my primary inquiry question?
  • Is it useful in offering theories, concepts or practice-based examples?
  • Is it particularly well-written and argued?
  • Is it confirmation of other sources or does it offer an alternative perspective that should be considered?

You are encouraged to share your collection with your professional learning network (PLN).

What is content curation?

Content curation is where you collect, organise and share digital content on a particular topic or theme. Teachers and teacher-librarians have traditionally gathered resources and materials for use by students. Digital curation allows those resources to be available to the school community via social media tools. Here is a blog post from Beth Kanter, another from Kay Oddone and another from Cool Tools for School explaining content curation.

Curation is an extension of traditional collection management in libraries. The concept of ‘curation’ implies the purposeful display of a collection of sources on a particular topic, theme or area of interest. You may curate sources for students to support the curriculum and leisure and you may curate content for your colleagues for professional development. Your curation for Assignment 1 is the latter. Your collection of resources on inquiry learning pedagogy is a professional development resource for you and your colleagues.

This is a highly weighted post.

You will be marked on the quality of the sources you present, of the set as a whole, and on your annotations. In your post you will need to provide the link to your curation tool. The Curation Collection is a professional resource that is your contribution to the professional conversation on inquiry learning and to your professional digital footprint.

What curation tool should I use?

Each curation tool has its strengths and weaknesses. You may need to play with several tools to work out which you prefer. I advise you NOT to use Pinterest as it doesn’t allow a long enough annotation. Also, it requires you to register to view the collection. Scoopit, Elink, and Diigo are popular tools whcih allow annotation and which are easy to access.

The curation collection should include scholarly and professional sources. Scholarly sources are peer-reviewed journal articles and academic books/book chapters. Professional sources are those written for educators such as teacher books, teacher blogs and curriculum documents.

Note: The scholarly sources are likely to be behind a pay wall or subscription database. DO NOT hyperlink to the QUT Library database. This will only cause frustration for the reader who is outside QUT. Instead either link to the abstract and information provided by publisher at their paywall or link to the Google Scholar entry on the article. Make a note in your rationale to explain to the reader that there is a pay wall.

Note: DO NOT upload files to your curation collection. To do so is a breach of copyright. The publisher’s pay wall can be accessed via clicking the Google Scholar title.

Note: Some tools need an image in order for the source to be curated. As journal articles don’t have an image, take a screen clip of the first page or title/abstract section of the page and upload this as the image.