What is the role of the digital information curator? Traditionally, a curator was the manager or overseer of a museum, gallery or library (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Curator). Visser in an interview with Paper.li (Wilson, 2011) identifies the four main roles of the digital curator today:
- Searching, filtering and selecting content (taste-maker)
- Curatorial leadership to enable to understand what is valuable for the ‘brand’
- Spot trends and feed these to strategists to help define future direction
- Distributing to channels and helping to fine-tune them.
As a learning designer, a significant part of my role is to support academic capability—I support the educators. Central to this role are the four main roles of the curator. My networking practice which include subscribing to online journals, following blogs, curating content for my Paper.li blog and attending workshops and conferences by leading educators (I recently attended workshops by George Siemens at QUT Brisbane and the HERDSA conference in Perth) also includes bringing these learnings together and distributing/sharing with my peers and academics.
Curatorial practices could be likened to the veins and arteries in our body—they ensure fresh ideas, information and emerging trends and technologies circulate to educators and peers who in turn use this information to inform their practice. Learning designers and educators need to ensure that curation is part of their learning practice to feed life back into teaching and learning.
Wilson, L. (2011, November 25). Gerrit Visser: Use smart knowledge networks to be a curator [Web log post]. Retrieved from http://blog.paper.li/2011/11/25/gerrit-visser-how-to-be-a-successful-curator-using-smart-knowledge-networks/