17 February 2016

Collaborative Narratives

photo credit: Creation and Consumption via photopin (license)

Perhaps curation is not for everyone yet, for me, it serves as a great way to maintain bookmarks or references,  and in the process, share them with others. However, when it comes to teams who may be geographically separated, how does one curate together?

For professional development, for example, curating on a specific topic reflects a certain narration of learning, a narration of sharing and collaborative discovery.

There is LiveBinders as an option, but lately I have also been considering a newer curation tool - Tanjo. 

Tanjo lets individuals or teams create collaborative hubs of knowledge on different topics. It also finds websites around the web, helping this form of collaborative curation.

On the other hand, LiveBinders works differently and though excellent for teachers and students, perhaps it has too much of a " school feel"for professionals who are undergoing professional development:

Like all other tools and platforms, the final choice is up to the individuals who use them and what works best for them. What matters most is the learning, sharing process and how it can be achieved
seamlessly across borders.

With participation, the creation and sharing of knowledge becomes a narrative of a learning experience which participants can always go back to for points of references. The curation becomes their own learning product as well as narrative.

Learning narratives are also expressed in a myriad of forms.

Simplebooklet may have features which are directed at marketing and business, but also are of interest for educators and those engaged in professional development.

Students may work in a small group and create a booklet on a theme, including images and links, which can then be shared, while participants in a professional development course, for instance, may create a booklet as a presentation of a mini
research project.

The first 10 booklets are free , but will require a plus or pro subscription to remove third party ads. Nevertheless it's a great way to create and share content. Here below is an example: (NOTE: this is a random example and in NO way intentional publicity for the company who created this Simlpebooklet)

photo credit: Do You Remember (me)? via photopin (license)

Learning doesn't always have to be a solitary act. Although in in the end, it is up to the individual to learn, sharing knowledge and points of references to create a learning narrative makes sense in an age where we are constantly overwhelmed by information. Being able to publish and share one's work also makes perfect sense to learners, who in the process learn to improve their team skills and value of their work , with a more contemporary and real sense of an open audience (this openness may of course be limited to a classroom blog or other learning platform for students; however, it will still be "public" among a certain audience of peers).  In both activities, whether curating or creating a story to be published, there is a strong sense of collaboration and team work - necessary skills for both within and out of the classroom.

How do you create collaborative learning narratives?

Further Suggestions:

Team Work

Collaboration & Connectedness the Key to Quality Teaching

What Will Education Look Like in a More Open Future?

The 4 Cs of Tech Implementation


Flipboard is now also available for private groups. 

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