HR Management & Compliance, Learning & Development

How to Optimize Your LMS for Content Curation

According to a recent Learning Café survey, 81% of L&D professionals claim that content curation is now a part of their learning strategy. It’s all about the sheer quantity of content available across the Web.
If you want your L&D strategy to remain effective and competitive in the years to come, it’s time to optimize your LMS for content curation. Continue reading to see how.

Did you know that the amount of content on the Web is expected to increase by 500% in the next 5 years and that Google has indexed over 30 trillion articles?1 Time to curate.

Keep Your Learning Content Organized

When you have content in your LMS that’s curated from a variety of different sources, it becomes even more critical that it’s well-organized so that learners can easily find it and access it. You’ll want to rely on a good learning record store (LRS) to store and sort your content by date, topic, popularity, sources, and more. Make sure all your curated content is easy to filter and find in your LMS.

Find Dependable Sources

All sources you rely on for your content curation must be dependable and well-established. Make sure that the sources are reputable and well-recognized in your industry and that they offer reliable curation methods (RSS feeds, social media, etc.). This way, as your content curation is automated and learning content automatically appears in your LMS, you’ll never have to worry about its authenticity and question what your learners are accessing in your LMS.
Essentially, it’s better to have three or four well-trusted sources for learning content than to have 50 sources with questionable data and information.

Use Tools to Help Filter Content

If you want to truly automate your content curation inside your LMS, you’ll need to rely on tools that will help you find and filter content. and Feedly are two popular tools to consider. And you’ll also want to ask your LMS vendor about what plug-ins and application programming interface (API) options it has that will allow you to link your LMS to external sources for content. With APIs, your LMS will be able to pull content of all types directly from the sources it’s linked to and will offer a much richer experience for your learners.

Allow Learners to Share and Collaborate

When learners can easily share links to learning content and learning sources with one another inside your LMS, they’ll be able to greatly benefit from your content curation strategy. They’ll be able to collaborate on projects and remain up-to-date on everything important in your industry, as well as news, practices, and methods that are relevant to their individual roles. As an L&D professional, you’ll also be able to recommend curated content to your learners to further their development within your organization.
If you want to get the most out of your content curation strategy, follow the tips mentioned above.

  1. Anders Pink, “Content Curation for Learning.” Accessed 2/22/2018.

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