2. Curation in education

I. Curation Basics

Well, actually I read only one source and then I found two videos about curation. I think I learn better by watching videos, listening to someone and writing notes about what I hear or see. I found these quite interesting videos about curation.

The first one is about librarians as social media curators. A library is a place where people connect, discover and share knowledge. Plus they provide access to various portals, databases, digital resources. That is why the librarian is someone who operates as a digital curator. In today’s unstoppable explosion of information, they help people find, organize and use information effectively. In the end, there are some tips on how to use social media in a library. For example, creating an attractive Pinterest page with pins about interesting books that you can link with Goodreads reviews.

The second video features leading experts in the curation and preservation of digital objects who are thinking about digital curation. So, how do they describe it? Why is it important? I think it would be interesting to put here some of their definitions.

„The process by which you select and manage the digital content that we all are creating in our cultural heritage institutions, research institutions.“

„Digital curation is preserving of the data once it has been created and then to preserve it as long as needed and so the data can be retrieved, can be found again and can be reused again.“

„Digital curation is ensuring that we have long term access to data, materials or infrastructure beyond the limits of technical obsolescence.“

„Reusing content that´s never really emphasized enough. Be able to reuse the content in perpetuity.“

„Digital curation is important not only for preserving access, but for communication the context and for reuse.“

„Digital curation is enhancing digital content so you´re making it usable, readable, accessible to people over time not just in here now but for the future.“

The questions we should think about:

  • How to tackle the larger and larger amount of data?
  • Data loss and what this can mean for us in the future?
  • How to convince people to be interested in this issue?

II. My submodule

I´ve chosen submodule Working with notes and I will focus on mind maps.

III. + IV. Seeking and Sensing

Learning objectives: 

  • The student will be able to explain what is mind map and why is it helpful.
  • The student will be able to name principles and tips when creating a mind map.
  • The student will be able to create a mind map about his favorite book/movie/music group/hobby/etc.
  • The student will be able to create a mind map in Mindmeister.


Do you already have some resources on this topic?

Where you want to search?

  • Google, Wikipedia, Medium, YouTube.

Is there some great book?

Myšlenkové mapy pro studenty 

  • The book is great for university students. It explains what is mind map, how to create it and how to use it. In the end, there are some examples of mind maps and tools for creating them. Rather general material for beginners.

Myšlenkové mapy

  •  The book defines what are mind maps and deals with their use in specific areas such as management, work meetings, studying, self-analysis etc.

Is there some article? 

  • A LOT of articles (more than 20) about mind maps by Michal Černý on his Medium.

A blog?

An expert to follow?

Is there some picture?

Is there some piece of art?

  • Here is an article about Roots of visual mapping where you can find very interesting and beautiful mind maps. Some of them date back to the 7th century! And they are really a piece of art. 🙂
  • Blog called Mind Map Art which is full of amazing colorful maps.

Is there some video? Tutorial?

  • TEDx Talk with Tony Buzan about the power of a mind to map. He thinks the human language is imagination and multiple sensory associations – that´s the way we all speak. Not English, French or Czech – other languages are just subroutine.
  • Tony Buzan´s tutorial on creating mind maps.
  • Video about mind maps which is in Czech (by KISK). Very good for beginners, Easy to understand, nicely explained.

Some tool? App?

  • I use Mindmeister, but unfortunately, it has a very limited free version. You can create only 3 mind maps for free and if you want to save it as a pdf/jpeg or something, you have to pay. So I have two accounts and I´m thinking about creating the third one. 😀
  • Coggle
  • MindMup
  • iMindMap
  • xMind
  • miMind

V. Sharing

In Umbraco, I would like to stay in wiki style (a lot of links to interesting resources). Maybe I will use some pictures and videos (not just to put there a link).

Here you can see my pre-module about mind maps in Umbraco. It´s just an outline. I will finish it next week.

6 thoughts on “2. Curation in education

  1. Hi! I think you chose a great topic for this task, ´cause there are plenty of possibilities with mind maps (but it had to be overwhelming, hadn´t it?). Within this article, I like the quotes (some of them might be useful in KPI module?). And I also like the work you´ve done for resources. Do you have a place (like a tool or an app) where you can store the links or articles or images; do you prefer something particular?
    I also checked your Umbraco draft, it seemed ok, I appreciate the diversity of sources, but in this case (loooooots of possibilities) I would be careful about choosing just the right ones.
    Good luck until the next week! 🙂


    1. Hiii 🙂 Thank you for your feedback. Actually, I don´t use any app or tool for saving those articles/images/resources. I use bookmarks in Chrome and I have a looooot of them. I have a huge bookmark called KISK 😀 and then it goes further –> 2. semester –> Learning Society –> 16. 3. (and there I have interesting resources that are related to the lecture) 🙂 I have bookmarks on every subject I have. 🙂


  2. I don’t see any problem here too. I really like your Umbraco site (especially the first half of the site is very nice). It’s well organized and It’s easy to read it as there are many pictures included in the text (and at the same time, there are not too much of them).
    Good work! 🙂


  3. Wow, thank you very much for your effort, Erika 🙂
    I appreciate you tried a different style, and you found so many resources… You created a new learning material at all, what is more, in English, great!
    Maybe you can think about the position of the module. Is it instead of the old module about MM? Or is it a new collection-module? Is it at the beginning (you were writing about “pre-module”). It is connected with a question use or not to use bullets, too. You can test it at the end of the course or here https://webcentrum.muni.cz/kreativita/temata/nehotove 🙂

    Go on, go on, it’s a rocket ride 🙂


  4. Hi, nice work!
    It must have been very challenging. Your work with sources is great – thank you for inspiration.

    I have one hard question – can you describe a difference between your page and this module: http://kisk.phil.muni.cz/kpi/temata/definovani-tematu/kreativni-prace-s-tematem ?
    You can’t write if you won’t.

    To your module – you summarized all sources in the first paragraph and the rest of the text is your interpretation, right? I think you should try spread out sources to all document. From general to specific. For example, the Twitter source is something minor for your audience, so it should be on the end.

    You sad that you use bookmarks in Chrome – do you describe somehow your sources?

    Thank you!


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