What does AI mean for learning, really? What role does it have to play in curation? Who is doing this for real, right now?
And most importantly, how would Spock curate?
These were the burning questions we boldly ventured into on in our recent webinar with our great partners Toolwire, and their client at Clemson University. We got right into the detail, including a great case study with Clemson showing how AI-curated content is powering their courses.
You can watch the webinar recording here:
Couple of key points and timestamps to guide your journey – and if it’s TL, DR – go to the case study at 30:44
3:32 What is Curation, Why does it Matter?
Why continuous learning matters – for individuals, teams and companies
What is curation and how does it help with continuous learning?
Three steps for curation in practice
17.23 So how does AI-Powered Curation work in an LXP?
David Clarke at Toolwire took us through:
How to bring AI-powered curated content into a modern Learning Platform: TILE
How curation makes life easier for the learning professional – curating right insight the platform
The role of AI in enabling curation at scale
30.44 Case study: How Clemson University is supporting skills development with AI-Powered curation:
Dr. Alex Feltus of the Praxis Institute at Clemson University took us through his approach to using curation to bring recent and relevant content from selected sites and sources to develop key skills in data intensive computing (as part of a Modern Biology Programme) for his students. His goal was to find useful content to form part of his course, but to do it dynamically. Some key takeaways from his session:
“It is challenging to go and find resources on a manual basis. I learned a lot about how bad some of the content is.
“When I started to use AI component to curation, it blew me away that this was even possible…I used trusted sites and the keywords that made sense to me and I was shocked at the content that came back and how well it worked – I was like ‘oh, I’ve got to read that’. It was amazing how well it socketed things in.
“There was a critical mass of content coming in, I didn’t realise that my brain doesn’t know the threshold of searching for content on the internet, but the AI platform did….It helped me filter out a lot of the noise – I was finding things that I would have chosen, but I hadn’t seen. “
Alex also made the point that the AI-curated content becomes a dynamic textbook for his learners, replacing the need to constantly update physical materials.
Alex spoke about the collaborative nature of effective curation:
“My goal is to make students collaborators, so what’s really exciting to me is to help people become experts. What about the possibility of the students coming back with new sources and feeding back into the system. As they get further down the path, they will become experts.”
We saw how learners can rate resources, like, share, add them to a playlist, all of which feeds back into the platform to make it smarter, tapping into crowdsourced wisdom around the curated content.
Over to you:
Want to get the benefits that Clemson with Toolwire are seeing?
Here are some tips to get started:
- Find the right audience. Where would you get started with AI-powered curation in your business? Who needs it the most? Understand what their continuous learning needs are. What topics, sites and sources do they want to see content from? Leverage your subject matter experts to set up the right filters.
- Use tools to help to you scale. Let machines do the seeking and discovery, guided by your choices to filters and sources, and bring it into your workflow and platforms in real time.
- Keep humans in the curation loop: Use your insights and involve your experts and learners to make sense of content, and share it in the right channels
- Refine – humans and machines: You can change your sources and keywords any time. A new source becomes relevant? Add it. Use machine learning to gather signals from learners, so the recommendations become more relevant over time, automatically.
- Build a habit: little and often, 10 minute a day to build that curation and continuous learning habit.
Alex’s takeaway about AI powered curation via Anders Pink in Toolwire?
“The Vulcan Academy probably had this component”
Curate long and prosper, powered by AI.