#byod4l day 3: Curating – so much stuff but how to find and use it?

I’m dipping back into #byod4l today. I didn’t manage to do anything really yesterday in the communication day. Kind of ironic as I thought it might be an area where I would be active. However, other non #byod4l communication such as email, twitter, blogging and that “work thang” kind of took priority.

I’ve just watched the two video scenarios and I relate to both of them.  Like the student I do worry about where and how to save and share “stuff”.  Over the years I’ve tried many different services and some listed in the curation resources area. Even now I’m still smarting from the delicious debacle, I flirted with diigo but it didn’t quite do it for me, I’ve tried pearltrees which I like, but my pearls are getting too big now so favourited tweets and a kind of weekly blog post also have their place in my chaotic curating methods.

I also empathise with the teacher who was bemoaning the fact that students don’t engage with the additional online resources she provides as they see them as add-ons. Whilst better course/activity design may go some way to address this, I can fully understand why this is the case. Students have to be pragmatic about what they do. Pragmatism is the key thing that will get me through #byod4l (and has done for other MOOCs I’ve managed to complete). It is a key, often forgotten about, aspect of self directed learning.  When there is so much “stuff” around you just can’t engage with everything. But having the metacognative skills to make the most informed decisions about engagement is now more than ever a key part of any educational experience.  It’s great having so many curating tools, but knowing how to use and manage them effectively is an ongoing challenge and one I struggle with.

One other related #byod4l activity today, here’s a screen shot of  Brian Kelly, me and Jim Emery trying a bit of collaboration this morning using a new to us free web conferencing tool appear.in

Trying out appear.in
Trying out appear.in

11 thoughts on “#byod4l day 3: Curating – so much stuff but how to find and use it?

    1. Thanks Neil. It is confusing but we all need to be more information literate. Appear in seemed quite good tho we did have trouble with it working on mobile devices of course:-)

  1. Good post Sheila. It’s a relief to know I’m not the only person who struggles with curation. I also still use delicious, a hangover from the past, but see that I need to move on.

      1. Good question Sheila. The answer, I think, is that I am not sure it is working for me, or at least, I think something else might work better.

  2. Hi Sheila, nice post. I agree, curation is tough. It’s tough because to count as ‘real’ curation, as opposed to aggregation or just plain collecting stuff, it is at heart about making sense of something and adding value to it, either by highlighting, annotating and/or commenting on it. All of which takes time. As such, little by little, the curation process has to become part of your workflow. I’m not too sure it’s worth getting hung up on the tools, so long as you are developing a curation process. I’ve swallowed Harold Jarche’s PKM framework of seek sense share, can you tell? I just need to get better at it (way better). I wholeheartedly agree with your observation that blogging has it’s place in the curation process. For my part, I’d probably say it’s the best form of curation, as it not only sign posts and synthesises so much, but is mighty valuable for making sense of a lot of stuff too. Plus, you can share it/ post it, if you like, but that’s not compulsory.

    1. Thanks Helen. Agree with not getting hung up on tools, and I think we are all looking for the perfect tool in the hope it will do all the hard stuff and save us time:-)

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