Content Curation and Its Place in the Learning and Development Industry

Posted by Jeff Letson on Oct 28, 2015 11:18:28 AM

Content Curation in L&D

What is Content Curation in this context?


Traditionally curation is the process of collecting and managing information so that it is accessible to a wider audience.  For L & D professionals, content curation has also come to mean selecting and organizing digital information by highlighting unifying themes, adding explanatory commentary, and displaying information so that it is always current and easily accessible.   For L&D leaders, this means seeking out and disseminating the most relevant and reliable educational information in the most accessible way for their learners. 


Too often, L&D professionals assume that just because a manual exists, learners will be able to find what they are looking for and determine what is worthwhile on their own. However, this can be a challenge for learners, and their performance would benefit dramatically with the ability to search their content.


Content Curation works for L & D


The amount of information available today can easily overwhelm learners.  In this way, curation is a response to content overload and part of an organization's learning strategy.  It is another tool used by L&D professionals to better engage learners and help them understand the ins and outs of the industry they are a part of.


Curated content:


  • Eliminates the need for an entire binder or book
  • Aggregates content in relevant chunks or chapters
  • Keeps information up-to-date and accurate
  • Elevates engagement of learners
  • Enables individuals to evaluate and filter information more effectively

With more learning happening on mobile devices or in supplemental readings, content curators must recognize that much of every individual’s learning does not occur in formal courses.  This self-directed, informal learning can only be done well if the learner can engage and navigate the materials in their moment of need.

Sources: “Why Curation Will Transform Education and Learning: 10 Key Reasons”, Robin Good,; “What Is Content Curation? And Why Does It Matter To Teachers?” Josh Spencer, 

Topics: Corporate Learning

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