Curation Assignment


Final Assignment 1 of 2

Due December 3rd


The Curation Assignment is a culminating assignment for SPED/PSY 345. The intention of this assignment is to allow students to dig deeper and learn more about at topic that is of interest to them. In this assignment you will curate digital artifacts in the way a museum curator curates an art exhibit. You will collect a minimum of 15 digital artifacts on a specific topic. You will organize these artifacts using a digital curation tool. After you have collected the artifacts, you will write up a summary/reflection that tells the story of about what the artifacts represent.

Step 1: Choose a topic

Your topic should be something that is of interest to you and related to the course content. It should relate to one of our Themes in class and provide you with the ability to dig deeper and learn more on a topic that is professionally or personally interesting to you. For example, if you are interested in autism, you might choose to focus on tools for communication for people with autism. Alternatively, if you are going to be a general education teacher, you might choose to focus on effective teaching methods for students with reading disabilities. These are just two ideas, the possibilities are endless.

Step 2: Choose a tool to use for Curation

I suggest using one of the below tools to present your curated artifacts. They each provide a platform for delivering a professional looking project and each is relatively easy to figure out. Take a look at each of them and choose your favorite. The tool is not as important as the product, but allow yourself some time to get comfortable with the tool, so it doesn't become a hurdle.

Scoop It



Scoop It Tutorial

Peartrees Tutorial

Step 3: Find valid digital artifacts on your topic

Start collecting artifacts that are related to your topic. These may be websites, articles, videos, images, diagrams, tables, etc. You should collect twice as many artifacts as needed. When you finalize your product you will delete those that have been proven invalid or not related to your topic.

Your final product will have 15 artifacts.

Step 4: Review your Artifacts to find your story

After you have collected a minimum of 30 artifacts, review your artifacts to find the story they tell. Reduce your collection to 15 meaningful pieces that best show your topic the the 'story' you would like to tell. This will be the most challenging step. Be sure to weed out artifacts that can't be confirmed as containing reliable and valid information. You may find that the story you want to tell is one of inconsistent information, this is fine.

Step 5: Write a Reflection on your Collection

Write a 2-3 page reflection on your collection. Explain the meaning of your collection and how the artifacts relate to one another. Think of this as telling the story. Imagine you are selling your collection as a display in a museum, what will viewers see? what will viewers learn?

Step 6: Share your Curation

You will share a link to your collection and attach your final write up in a Discussion Board post in CI Learn. We will have time to explore other curations and comment.

*Discussion Board is now posted.

Final product and reflection due: Wednesday December 3rd by 8:00 am

Step 7: Explore your Classmates Collections

After you have posted your Curation, you should look at your classmates. Find 4 collections that speak to you for some reason. Leave your classmates meaningful comments about their collections. What did you learn, what surprised you, etc. All collections need comments, if you see a collection already has 2 or more comments move on to the next.

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