#15 Curation

“The growth in digital information is staggering. As trusted content curators, learning professionals help learners cut through the noise to get the information they need.” -David Kelly

Content curation is the process of collecting, organizing and displaying information relevant to a particular topic or area of interest.

Curation is an increasingly important skill. Being digitally literate requires you to curate things to address your own personal learning needs. As L&D people we should be leading the way. But its not only for ourselves, it is also for our organizations.  Curation is a good way to extract the value from flood of information we face everyday.

If you think about it, isn’t instructional design and creating training programs a form of curating? Taking all the information you can find on a topic, analyzing it, paring it down, organizing and presenting it in a logical, easy to consume format. Sounds like curating to me! Courses are the most common form of curation, but definitely not the only form.

To make sense of the world, for ourselves and those we hope to move, we must wade through a mass of material flowing at us every day – selecting what’s relevant and discarding what’s not. -Daniel Pink

David Kelly is a master curator who does a much better job of talking about curation that just about anyone. Take minute to read his article “Curating to Enhance Organizational Learning

In his article, David shares this simple three step curation process, adapted from Harold Jarche’s personal knowledge management (PKM) framework.

  1. Seek – Find information that is of value to workers.
  2. Sense – Make sense of the identified content and add value that shows how it applies to the work and work environment.
  3. Share – Once content is identified and the curator has added context, the content can then be shared.

Watch Harold Rheingold’s interview with Robin Good to learn more about curation.

In our next post we’ll explore some of the guidelines and tools that can help facilitate each of these steps. For now, let’s take a look at a few examples of what this looks like in practice.


  • Curated by the ultimate “interestingness hunter-gatherer” Maria Popova, Brain Pickings offers the week’s most unmissable articles across art, science, design, history, and the usual miscellanea, alongside short highlights from other notable reads.


  • Do you think curation should play a role in learning & development?
  • Think about and share how you are already curating?
    (If you are reading blogs, blogging yourself, sharing links on Twitter, saving your bookmarks online, pinning things to Pinterest, etc you may be curating and not even realize it!)
  • How do you personally benefit from curation? Either your own or someone else’s.
  • How can your organization benefit from curation?

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