! Curated content

The concept of content curation is still recent but is continually being more frequently used. According to Sergio Ortega (2011), content curation is the “capacity of a system or human being to find, organize, filter and give meaning, relevance, and usefulness to the contents about a specific theme, obtained through different sources” (free translation).

As stated by Sean Carton, content curation “has now come to mean the act of sorting through the vast amounts of content on the web and presenting it in a coherent way, organized around a specific topic(s)… Just as a museum curator must decide which artifacts to display during an exhibition, an online curator decides what information available online is appropriate and relevant to her audience.”

A Content curator (from the Latin cura or curare, “to take care”) according to Rohit Bhargava (2009) is “someone who continually finds, groups, organizes and shares the best and most relevant content on a specific issue online.” Jan Sykes (2013) also states that “the value of your curated content lies not only in the material selected but also in the timeliness, order of importance indicated for content items chosen, and analysis you add.” (from the word “scoop”, or the informal term used in journalism, which connotes “originality”, “importance”) is a publishing-by-curation platform. It allows us to easily create an online magazine or newspaper, from different sources and grouping contents about a topic. The platform also allows us to follow topics created by others around our interests.

We have selected some topics with “curated” contents related to E-learning, which are available in the portal, in the following links:

·      E-Learning and Online Teaching

·      Innovations in E-learning

In Spanish:

·       E-Learning, Formación, Aprendizaje y Gestión del Conocimiento con TIC en pequeñas dosis

·       Educación a Distancia (EaD)

·       Cátedra UNESCO de Educación a Distancia