Being a Digital Curator

Before the world of digital technologies, a Curator was someone in charge of a museum, art collection or library. Curators are “responsible for acquiring material for a collection, preserving these materials for future generations, helping users locate items from the collection and providing contextual information so they can better understand them” (Reside, D. 2011).

electronic-jungle-100339795-origThese days if we require information we turn to the internet. 90% of information is now digital, but how do we sort out the valuable information from the irrelevant? With the amount of new technologies and applications available “anyone can become a creator and a curator” (Flintoff, K., Mellow.P & Clark,K.P. 2014).

There is so much information available these days and while anyone can become a digital curator, anyone can also write an article or a blog, how do we know the information they are telling us is true, or has it been fabricated to what they want us to believe?

When the world was in print it was easier to believe the information that was written was credible. Articles and journals were written by published journalists, and any research papers were conducted by doctors and scientists in that particular field. Today anyone with a computer can write an article, say what ever they want regardless of their background and then self publish it online, so how do we know the information we are reading is correct? How do we sort out the credible from the not so credible?

curation66-24psyfnThis is why digital curators are essential, particularly in Education. By using the same principals as a curator in a museum or library we source information that is relevant and appropriate for the particular topic we are teaching. This can be achieved by checking the references, only using secure websites that are themselves credible, or even researching the writer or creator to see their credentials, and then, only selecting the information that we regard as relevant.

The role of educator has changed for todays generation of students, no longer is the “all-knowing, all-powerful teacher at the front of the class distilling knowledge into the empty minds of the students relevant” (Howell, J. 2012, p. 5) we now need to become digital curators. Integrating relevant digital content and digital technologies into the classroom.

As an Educator it is our role as a digital curator to “equip students to differentiate good content from bad in preparation for their future education and careers” (Johnson, L. 2013).

References

Dale, Stephen. (2014). Mastering Digital Content Curation. [image]. Retrieved From http://collabor8now.com/knowledge-management/mastering-digital-content-curation/

Flintoff, Kim., Mellow, Peter. & Clark, Kerensa. Pickett. (2014). Digital curation: Opportunities for learning, teaching, research and professional development. In Transformative, innovative and engaging. Proceedings of the 23rd Annual Teaching Learning Forum, 30-31 January 2014. Perth: The University of Western Australia. http://ctl.curtin.edu.au/professional_development/conferences/tlf/tlf2014/refereed/flintoff.html

Howell, Jennifer. (2012) Teaching with ICT: Digital Pedagogies for Collaboration and Creativity. Melbourne, Victoria: Oxford University Press

Johnson, Leanna. (2013). Why Scoop.it is becoming and indispensable learning tool. Retrieved From http://www.teachthought.com/technology/why-scoopit-is-becoming-an-indispensable-learning-tool/

Reside, Doug. (2011). What is a digital curator?. Retrieved From http://www.nypl.org/blog/2011/04/04/what-digital-curator

Schiff, Jennifer.Lonoff. (2014). 7 tips for managing digital information overload. [image]. Retrieved From http://www.cio.com/article/2377560/careers-staffing/7-tips-for-managing-digital-information-overload.html

Waters, Sue. (2013). Digital Curation: Putting the pieces together. [image]. Retrieved From http://suewaters.com/2013/10/13/digital-curation/

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