Curating Content: The Basis To Making eLearning Relevant

| December 20, 2018

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Of the many factors that go into making eLearning valuable, content curation should rank among the top. Why? With content being all over the place, it is a case of some kind of glut. It is a situation in which too many things are offered when only something specific is sought. What if you went to a grocery store to buy peanuts, and the salesman comes in and offers you a dozen varieties of not just peanuts but also items that make no sense when they are bought with peanuts?This is just what is happening with content. There is simply so much sailing over your head that you have to clue which to select and make a meaningful decision. Learning has to be focused, if it has to be useful. Let me illustrate:I was trying to familiarize my teenaged son with the causes of World War I for his examination. Having studied the topic very long ago, I made a casual search on the net. As usual, I came up with thousands of results for the causes of World War I. Now, which of these would I want to pick up to help him understand the nature of the causes of World War I?

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