Going viral

I published my digital essay on Storify on Sunday afternoon and publicised the fact on Twitter and through the subject forums. By Monday night Storify showed that it had had around 50 views. Like me, I imagined most of the other INF530 students were eagerly reading the work of their fellow students as it became available.

On Tuesday morning I found this tweet notification

Wow, Robin Good is like the content curation guru! Somehow he’d come across my essay and posted it onto his Scoop.it page along with a critique. He gave it 7/10 which I’ll take! I flicked to the essay and found it had been viewed more than 500 times.

More tweets followed:

Bec was prompted to send this tweet:

By this stage the number of views of my essay was approaching 2000. But still the tweets came:

Right now there have been 3455 views in about three days. That’s nearly as many views as my personal blog has had in three and a half years.

I sure hope it is favourably assessed when the time comes. I’d hate to think all those people were reading academically inferior work.

Viral. Who’d a thunk it!

UPDATE February 14, 2018

As of today there have been a staggering 78,817 views of my essay. I do so love our connected learning world! However, Storify is closing down so the digital essay has been moved to Wakelet.

Image showing number of views (78,817) of the digital essay on storify

Blog task 4: The three R’s: Resources, Research and Reflection

creative commons licensed ( BY-NC-SA ) flickr photo shared by gcouros

Since the dust has settled on the scholarly book review I have thought of little else beyond my digital essay but don’t think for a moment that that means my thinking, reading and engaging have narrowed – far from it.

My topic for the digital essay is “Curation as a tool for teaching and learning”. Starting with the resources in the module I have been gradually extending my horizons and have been rewarded with a wealth of resources. What started as something I thought a neat and contained topic, well suited to the 1800 words or so we are allowed, has broadened and deepened and I’m starting to be concerned about giving all the important stuff the attention it deserves. Just today I learned about metaliteracy, a term that I don’t think has been used in the modules (but I’m happy to stand corrected on that if I’m wrong).

Accessing information can still have its challenges. I had an interesting time getting to that particular article – it’s a nice example of the research process I’ve been following.

Last week I set up a Google Scholar alert for my topic. Yesterday an alert email came through with this link Teaching metaliteracy: a new paradigm in action.  It looked really interesting and relevant but there wasn’t any access to the full text there (and the fact it was labelled “EarlyCite” made me wonder if it was in fact published and available). Next I searched the article title and authors through Primo but didn’t have any luck. I then successfully searched for the journal title in Primo and was able, through the journal’s site, to navigate to a page where I could access the article in a PDF. As suspected this article is not officially published yet and the PDF lacks tables, illustrations and page numbers.

This same process has worked in other cases too and I’ve felt quite proud of myself when I’ve been successful in tracking down articles that at first try weren’t showing up. I guess the databases aren’t always up-to-date or complete.

I have been saving what I find to Evernote and highlighting and making notes for each article or site as I go. I was very excited to discover recently that the Table of Contents function is now available in Evernote for PC. My next step will be to start making sense of all the information I have by using table of contents notes to organise the information into sections and make linking annotations. The TOC function isn’t perfect – the links appear in the order they appear in the notebook and there’s no easy way to sort them differently – but the good thing is you can make them whenever you like, add text or delete links and rearrange everything manually.

As I’ve been researching and reading I’ve identified more and more links between my topic and other modules of Concepts and Practices for a Digital Age. In fact, as I flick back through the modules I’m viewing them differently to first time around. In particular topics like digital literacy; connected learning; information behaviour; thinking in networks; connectivism; open, social and participatory media; organising information, and narrative technology all demand another think when considered in relation to curation.

Some of the more interesting aspects of curation I’ve been reading about include: curation as a means of nurturing inclusiveness in online communities; teacher professional development through curation; how content curation is different to content marketing; the role of curation in developing digital literacy capacity, and teacher curated textbooks.

It’s a fascinating topic. I’m looking forward to learning even more over the next two weeks and I hope I can do it justice.


Witek, D. and Grettano, T. (2014) “Teaching metaliteracy: a new paradigm in action”, Reference Services Review, Vol. 42 Iss: 2

Digital essay proposal

Proposal topic

Curation as a tool for teaching and learning


As a teacher-librarian I have been curating information through the informed selection of resources for the collection since pre-digital times, although back then I would have called it “collection development” or simply “selection”. Fast forward to the development of the world wide web and the information explosion of web 2.0, and in an attempt to continue to use my selection skills to resource the curriculum I have switched my focus to the selection and sharing of online resources through a variety of curation platforms.

I’d like to develop my knowledge and understanding of the research around curation and it’s place in the development and embodiment of information and digital literacy. I want to explore how curation can be used as both a teaching tool and learning tool for students and teachers alike.

Proposed digital tools and/or spaces to be used

As this is an essay about curation I am very tempted by the aptness of using a curation platform such as Scoop.it or Storify to present this essay. I plan to prepare the content before making a final decision as I think the appropriate platform will become clear when I better understand what is to be presented. If a curation platform turns out to be unsuitable I will use Weebly to create a website.

250 word rationale for topic focus for the multi-modal essay

“The importance of the teacher librarian is intrinsically linked to effective and responsive information curation and dissemination in distributed environments within and beyond the school.” O’Connell (2011) http://judyoconnell.com/2011/10/27/teacher-librarians-are-important/

“Curation, as an approach to bringing digital and media literacy competencies into the classroom, can help build meaningful teaching and learning approaches for today’s participatory media landscape.” Mihailidis, P., & Cohen, J. N. (2013) p.15.

Moving beyond the library and the role of the teacher-librarian the essay will explore curation as a means of making sense of the information flow and how it is thus an important activity for all learners. It will explore curation in the context of information literacy, digital literacy, information fluency and open, social and participatory media, and examine activities such as peer critiquing, user-generated content, collective aggregation and community formation (Conole).

The essay will explore how curation tools and activities can be used to develop skills, competencies and dispositions outlined in documents such as The Open University Digital and Information Literacy Framework (n.d.), and examine their value for teachers and students alike. It will also examine a range of tools used for curation and compare features looking critically at their value in education.



Conole, G. (2012). Open, social and participatory media, Chapter 4. In G. Conole, Designing for learning in an open world. New York, NY: Springer.

Digital and Information Literacy Framework. (n.d.). Retrieved May 08, 2014, from http://www.open.ac.uk/libraryservices/subsites/dilframework/

Mihailidis, P., & Cohen, J. N. (2013). Exploring curation as a core competency in digital and media literacy education. Journal of Interactive Media in Education. Retrieved 24 March 2014 from http://jime.open.ac.uk/article/2013-02/pdf

O’Connell, J. (2011, October 27) Teacher librarians are important. [Web log post] Retrieved May 08, 2014, from http://judyoconnell.com/2011/10/27/teacher-librarians-are-important/