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Curation Checklist: 15 Criteria for Assessing Quality and Value

1. Does the content come from a reliable and trustworthy source? 2. Is the content I provide concise and targeted, meaning it is easier to sort through than just doing a Google search? 3. Is the title catchy, meaning did I name it something that will get my audiences attention? 4. Do the images and videos contained within support the message being delivered? 5. Are resources cited and given full and proper credit? 6. Are goals and objectives clear? Have I articulated why I am teaching the content? 7. Do I make the content interesting and engage my audience. Does my audience participate in conversations? 8. Do I make the content easy to understand and to learn? Do they know how to apply what they have learned? 9. Does the content create deeper thinking and help the audience to take ownership of their learning? 10. Do I continue to research and development so I can share only the most current and the best information? 11. Is the content relevant and timely? 12. Is the content original and of high-quality? 13. Are a variety of media represented to explain the topic at hand (video, articles, photos, blogs, infographics, presentations, journals, etc.)? 14. Does the resource contribute value to the overall learning goal or strategy? 15. Do I expand, comment, explain, interpret, contextualize, critique, or otherwise make the resource understandable for my intended audience?

2012 James Russell, Debi Banks, and Gretel Patch

References:
Corinne Weisgerber. (2012). Re-envisioning modern pedagogy: Educators as curators. Retrieved from http://www.slideshare.net/corinnew/reenvisioning-modern-pedagogyeducators-as-curators-11879841 Good, R. (2011). What makes a great curator great? How to distinguish high-value curation from generic republishing. Retrieved from http://www.masternewmedia.org/whatmakes-a-great-curator-great/ Hyde, J. (2012). Send in the humans: Content curation for beginners. Retrieved from http://justinehyde.tumblr.com/post/28470362365/send-in-the-humans-content-curation-forbeginners Kanter, B. (2011, October 4). Content Curation Primer. [Web log comment]. Retrieved from http://www.bethkanter.org/content-curation-101/ Silva, P. (2012, September 7). Curation tools for researchers - Handbook of social media for researchers and supervisors. Retrieved from http://www.scoop.it/t/content-curation-foronline-students Spilker, M., Silva, M., & Mota, J. (2012). Content curation for personal learning and sharing. Presented at the The PLE Conference, Melbourne, Australia. Retrieved from https://www.box.com/shared/9be0f236a218eb7b29ab White, N. (2012). Understanding content curation. Innovations in Education. Retrieved from http://d20innovation.d20blogs.org/2012/07/07/understanding-content-curation/

2012 James Russell, Debi Banks, and Gretel Patch