In my last post, I commented on recent discussions on the topic of curation. I observed that my Learning Environment Design framework is in some ways a vision for curating learning resources in order to support complex learning needs in organizations. But I had another motive for reading Steven Rosenbaum’s book, Curation Nation.
A need for curation.
One of the things I’ve heard from colleagues and students is that they don’t have time to go looking for the best blogs, twitter feeds, articles, and books for their professional development (no less to read them once they know where to look). They find themselves overwhelmed with information and work demands, and just keeping up with email and project deadlines in the corporate world can be daunting.
Steven Rosenbaum suggests that in this situation, a curator might be highly valued – having someone who can be trusted to pull together the best stuff. Rosenbaum says, “we can see a future in which individuals can galvanize and publish their passions and knowledge in a way that will create value from personal passions and niche expertise.”
The interesting thing here is that a curator doesn’t necessarily have to “own” the space – we can have lots of different curators pulling together resources that seem important from their own unique perspectives. The idea is not for the curator to create a comprehensive directory, but to cut through all the stuff and recommend the things that the curator finds most important or interesting. A professional can pick the curator that seems to be most in line with his or her own point of view. It’s like knowing which movie critic has your taste, or which bookseller is best at recommending books you will enjoy.
Curating learning for learning professionals.
Since supporting the development of learning professionals is my passion, I’m wondering if I might be a good resource for curating learning resources for people working in our field. I recently opened a consulting practice that I’ve called Learning 4 Learning Professionals (L4LP). As I build out my offerings, I’m wondering if I should collate links or create a Twitter feed to promote learning resources and interesting ideas in L&D.
In addition to continuing to blog, I might curate and make lists of the resources I find most helpful, links to other articles on interesting trends and big ideas in our field, links to my favorite conferences and workshop opportunities (aside from my own workshops, of course) – there are a lot of possibilities. These would NOT be paid advertisements, but simply my own take on what’s useful.
What do you think? Who are the curators you already follow? What are some of the questions you have about what’s “out there” that you’d appreciate if somebody (maybe me) would put together in one place? Where would you prefer looking for such things – a blog, a Twitter feed, a web page, a LinkedIn group, a Facebook page, or some other outlet?
To get a sense for whether this might be something that you (gentle readers) might appreciate, I put together a quick survey. If you’d like to take the time to respond to this 4-item survey on possible curation strategies related to learning for learning professionals, you can access it at the following link.
Or, you can comment on this post or contact me through my consulting practice at www.L4LP.com. I would be happy to hear from you.