Gilbert C. Faure
Conference 2022 Hot-Doc Presentation
Content curation for teaching and learning immunology and beyond
Authors and Affiliations
Gilbert C Faure1,2
1. Laboratoire d’Immunologie, Faculté de Médecine, Université Lorraine, Nancy, France
2. CREM, Université Lorraine, Nancy, France
Amount of information in immunology and beyond, through scientific published papers and social media networks is more and more overwhelming and the term “infobesity” was coined for information overload. Furthermore, collective knowledge is polluted by fake news in populations with low health literacy and can have public health consequences.
In high education, teachers must help students and trainees managing information, either through finding, reading, evaluating, and understanding which is mandatory for research-based professions in universities and medical schools, and for life-long learning.
Content curation tools are available and could help teachers and students accomplish these activities.
Based on the use of one of those tools, Scoop.it, we evaluated the potential of the method in clinical research teaching and learning for Immunology and related medical disciplines.
Snippets of open information can be collected, gathered and selected from publication databases, press information and social networks. They are editorialized and elevated by the curators, teachers and learners with tags, personal comments, links and attractive imaging features.
As individuals and/or in groups of interest, curators build open searchable personal or collective content hubs and enrich them over time to share with their communities of interest.
Topic (https://www.scoop.it/topic/immunology) and subtopics (mucosal immunity, immunology and biotherapies, flow cytometry, autoimmunity, allergy…) were maintained by teachers and networkers and regularly offer to students, colleagues and readers a selection of relevant material.
Trainees as active learners are asked to discover information relevant to topics of interest and can be evaluated for discovery, selection, comments …
Using content curation, teachers offer students their expertise for selection of relevant material. Researchers interact with colleagues, become thought leaders and may find serendipitously new research subjects. Professionals can pursue personalized CME/CPD and life-long learning.
Using content curation, students learn to read and write. They can build their own portfolio of learning materials and improve their digital and information literacy.
Usage of content curation tools offers the opportunity to develop and manage knowledge content hubs relevant for information literacy of teachers, learners and trainees. Compared to algorithms, content curation adds human specialist competencies for knowledge management.