According to Robin Good, in the future content curation will play an important role in transforming teaching and learning methods. He lists the 10 key reasons why curation revolutionizes education and learning:
1) Curation is the new learning flag waived by those promoting student-centered education and tired by the traditional rote-memorization approach used by most of academia. Curation is in fact a practical, immediately useful approach to study any subject in a way that allows much deeper understanding and comprehension of it than the classical mere rote-memorization of facts. Curation succeeds by allowing the student/researcher to dive into the subject and to analyze and explore it from multiple viewpoints. The objective in fact is not one of memorizing someone else interpretation of a fact or an issue, but to make sense of it, altogether, anew.
2) Curation is the new search approach when what you are looking for it’s not just a person, a product, a place, location or image of someone. When you search to learn, to know more, to create a mental map of something you are not familiar with, curation provides infinitely better answers than Google can. As a matter of fact Google relies on such curated work to provide best answers to such questions and Pinterest has publicly proven how popular and useful, a curated repository of curated collections, can be.
3) Curation is the new Google when it comes to find in an ocean of offerings, top quality, new, relevant free courses from top universities. Curation is indeed the new method to identify, create and offer quality and sound learning paths by picking and bringing together the best from the huge array of online educational offerings.
4) Curation is the best way to identify, surface and make it easy to find new tools and resources on a specific subject, liberating the searcher from having to wade through tens of possible alternatives selected by a secret A finite sequence of well-defined instructions, to solve a class of problems or to perform a computation and giving him again the power to choose and rely on human, trusted guides.
5) Curation is the new approach in building custom textbooks that bring together the best content for any specific subject matter.
6) Curation helps create trusted trail-guides inside vast Open educational resources: freely accessible, openly licensed text, media, and other digital assets for teaching, learning, and research resources. Curation is the means by which valuable OER can be found, evaluated, organized and publicly shared for the benefit of many without getting forever lost.
7) Curation is the freeway that effectively empowers Shared or group intelligence that emerges from the collaboration, collective efforts, and competition of many individuals at a planetary level outside and beyond scientific research and academic circles. Grassroots curation will in fact completely disrupt these two areas. As we collaboratively research, vet, evaluate, assess, question, remix, add new perspectives and resources to what we know now, in an open fashion, we also extend our opportunities to learn, discover and expand our understanding of the world surrounding us, much faster and better than if we live it to an interested elite of expert knowledge guardians.
8) Curation is the spark that liberates humans from thinking that any and all information is and must be found through Google. Yes, Google is incredibly good when it comes to find a product, a person, an address, a specific item. But when you need to understand a subject you are not familiar with, Google itself can’t be of much help. In fact the search giant itself heavily relies on the work of specialists and curators who have already vetted and selected key resources into thematic collections when it finds itself in such situations.
9) Curation is the re-energized road to serendipitous finding. By bringing together information items and artifacts that are not normally associated but which are relevant, or which do share common traits and patterns to the theme being sought, the curator allows the collection explorer with great built-in opportunities for discovery and exploration inside and outside of the main theme.
10) Curation redresses truth as a relative factor. Curation heralds the gradual acceptance of a subjective, dynamic, interchangeable reality vs. the dogma of one reality and one only truth. When curating a topic, issue and resource there is not one unique and only reality to report. The subjective curator viewpoint, or a crowdsourced filtering and vetting process determine what is of value and what not. There is no ultimate truth.
In this light, the potential role of curation as a cultural device gradually empowering inquiring minds, questioning and the acceptance of multiple viewpoints, realities and truths could well shake deeply the ideas of education and learning as we know them today.