How to deliver fresh, relevant & engaging content to your students through content curation #Moodleplugins

Have you ever tried to show external content in your Moodle site to keep learners engaged? How relevant the content was to your learning? And how often do you need to refresh the content? The answer lies with the process of Content curation.

As per Wikipedia, Content curation is the process of gathering information relevant to a particular topic or area of interest. The plugin Content Curation by Anders Pink is the first of its kind Moodle plugin which provides the ability to curate, control and display relevant external content on any topic within your Moodle course.

Formal learning courses and programmes are vital, but they go out of date quickly. Your students can check out the latest news about the interest topics on various platforms but it takes a lot of efforts and time and it may prove distracting from the original intention.

How content curation supports learning:

There are a number of different types of content curation to support learning. For, example:

  • Industry news and developments
  • Best practice and tips
  • Specific trends or research data
  • Specific learning courses or programmes

The free version of the plugin includes the following categories: Latest news, Business news, Technology news, Copywriting tips, Team building tips, Employee engagement, Elearning, and Leadership. So, if you are teaching any of these subjects, then you can use their free service to show the latest articles from around the world in your course block.

Here is a demo video which provides an overview of how the content curation block works in Moodle:

The content will be updated after every few hours automatically and it will be displayed right in your Moodle course without any distraction. You can also decide manually about which topics to be displayed.

You can download the Moodle Plugin from the Moodle plugins directory here – https://moodle.org/plugins/block_anderspink

Are you also tired of regularly upgrading and adding new resources to your course? How did you display the latest content in a specific area to your learners? Do share with us in the comments section below.

PS – The plugin is a commercial plugin but has a free version for testing purpose also. Please note that MoodleWorld is not related to Anders Pink through any means but this post is just for the interest of the teachers. You can use it at your own wish.

Jaswinder Singh

Jaswinder Singh, passionate about using Moodle in improving the Indian Education System and reaching the students in far flung areas where still education seems to be a impossible prospect of life. He is the author of the popular Moodle Book "How to use Moodle 2.7". In October 2016, Jaswinder was elected as the Moodle User's Association Committee member - the first to make it from India.

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  • frankiekam

    Awesome plugin. The free version has preset categories which should be sufficient for your general needs. Of course the commercial version is much more powerful in that you can customize the feed down to something like “leadership article from Facebook” etc., but it comes at a price. Thankfully there is a discount for educational institutes. You can also trial run the commercial version to test drive it’s usefulness for your needs. In both versions, it smartly curates the content and what I am impressed the most is how well the content is presented in multiple layouts with image scrapes. A very impressive plugin indeed.