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Aug 2018

Three ways to take the headache out of in-house content curation

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Shaping the future of learning

The amount of information at our fingertips is one of the great things about the technological age we live in – but the sheer volume of it can be overwhelming.

Let’s say you find a blog post on a subject you’re interested in. You read it, and it’s pretty good, but you want more detail. You see a link to a similar article and you go to read that too. Only, this one’s not got any facts. You’ve wasted time. You move on to the next article. The next blog post. The next listicle. There is always more to read, more to find out. 

And then you come to learning at work. We all know lifelong learning is a necessity in the AI era – workers need to stay up to date with industry news and skills requirements, but that means sifting through a sea of content to find what’s relevant. And who has the time for that on top of the day job?

What we need is something to simplify the process. What we need is content curation. 

So what is content curation?

Content curation experts Anders Pink describe it as ‘the act of continuously finding, filtering, making sense of and sharing relevant content’. In the learning world it’s becoming increasingly important, creating opportunities to save L&D teams time, effort and money. Why produce new content when you’ve got perfectly good materials already? It’s just a case of separating the wheat from the chaff. 

Three ways to curate content in-house

There are a few ways to find and distribute the good stuff to your learners. Below we explore three of the most common methods for L&D and which would work best for your business.

  1. Manual curation

You can always do it yourself – but be prepared to put the time in. Seek out the best articles and bloggers on the training subject and let your learners know about them. Using links to specific websites rather than standalone articles ensures you don’t have to update your links so much, but it does put the curation baton in the learner’s hands – they’ll still have to spend time trawling through the website to find the best articles. With content curation simplification is the name of the game so take the pressure off the learner where you can. 
There are a number of tools you can use to pull your information sources together, such as creating Google Alerts for specific terms or monitoring RSS feeds. But transforming this content into a shared, up to date resource for your learners requires a lot of effort. 

Take it further
Once you’ve manually curated your content, how will you make the most of it? 

One option is to explore the possibilities of Totara Social. This intuitive platform enables staff to get involved in the social learning revolution by sharing ideas about the content they’ve seen. It offers the option to write blogs, upload videos, rate posts, ask questions, and much more.

Or you might consider HT2 Labs’ Curatr. Framed as a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC), Curatr shapes your content into bitesize playlists. Learners respond as a community, generating their own content through in-browser video capture technology and joining text-based discussions. They’ll also get in on the curation action themselves, peer reviewing the best conversations via voting, bookmarking and recommendations. 
With the option for gamification and in-depth user reporting too, this curated experience will save time and money as well as creating a real sense of community. 

Who’s manual curation right for?
Those who only want a small amount of content curated and have the time available to do so themselves. 

  1. Semi-automated curation: magpie

magpie is an AI-driven learning recommendation engine that uses machine-learning algorithms to match the right learning to the right learners. Created by Filtered, magpie makes personalised recommendations from any content portfolio, whether that’s your own bespoke creations or public domain content. magpie’s chatbot asks questions about your role, objectives and capabilities to match and prioritise content for your requirements, learning more about your preferences as you interact with the platform. 

Presented in a user-friendly dashboard and available on multiple devices, this tool will help you unlock the value of your content library. 

Who’s magpie right for?
Those with a large library of content who want a simplified user experience and the ability to personalise content.

  1. Fully-automated curation: Anders Pink

Anders Pink offer a content curation tool that helps you find, filter and share relevant content quickly and simply. With Anders Pink, learners receive a personalised daily briefing, with updates every few hours ensuring learners get the latest insights. The tool turns content curation into a social activity too; learners can upvote, flag and comment on articles, while analytics enable you to see how your team are contributing.

Who’s Anders Pink right for?
Learners who want the latest industry insights on a regular basis. 

What will your curation solution be?

The need for good quality content curation is only going to increase. Luckily, with tools like those mentioned above, the transition to a curated learning experience will be a smooth one.

So how will you tackle the content curation challenge for your organisation? Will you go it alone or use a tool to simplify the process? Whatever your business need, the right curation approach can boost workplace learning.

Get in touch to find out Kineo's partnerships with Anders Pink, HT2 Labs and Filtered can help you cultivate the best learner experience for your people.



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