In our last blended learning blog post, we discussed the importance of content curation, as high-quality learning materials are becoming more readily available outside the workplace. And while there’s opportunity in empowering learners to curate resources for one another, are those resources always relevant or complete?
Find out this week, as we continue our discussion on content curation. We’ll cover methods for helping learners avoid irrelevant content and explain how you can use the Experience API (xAPI) to support the curation process.
External L&D Resources & Relevance
There’s no question that search engines, such as Google, can be extremely helpful in the learning process. What begins as a simple search, however, can quickly render thousands of results—many of which are irrelevant. Now, not only are learners frustrated by having to eliminate unnecessary content, they’re also prevented from focusing on their main tasks.
One solution is to encourage learners to provide feedback. For example, a learner sharing a resource might note that the third paragraph is especially relevant, but the diagrams aren’t needed. This feedback helps other learners reviewing that same resource quickly pinpoint the most relevant content and apply any related principles within your organization.
Curation vs. Search
Many organizations use xAPI to track learners via external Internet-based resources. This xAPI data is not only used to report on learning experiences, but the data may also be used to power a curation tool. For example, tessello by Brightwave enables learners to record their experiences on the internet via an xAPI bookmarklet. Learners can then easily share their experiences and resources with others via tessello’s curation tool.
xAPI also can support curation more directly, promoting learners’ most commonly visited resources. This approach, however, requires a large learner base (e.g., 100 learners) to access and bookmark the same resources to produce useful results.
Up Next: Learning Happens Everywhere
The next installment in our series will discuss how you can track and report on distributed learning. Don’t miss out!
About the author
As one of the authors of xAPI, Andrew Downes has years of expertise in data-driven learning design. With a background in instructional design and development, he’s well versed in creating learning experiences and platforms in corporate and academic environments.
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