Curatr: Using Visualization Navigation for Static Content with Social and Gamification Elements


I have been playing around with Curatr for a few weeks now not only as a platform for social learning but as a social publishing tool as well. Curatr is a stand-alone or integrated (with API) cloud-based platform that allows you to browse content in a more visible fashion and more…

Publishing research and publishing self-paced, text- and image-based e-learning are similar. Over time, you end up with a great deal of content. Search for something broad like "RSS" and you'll likely find links to documents, videos, presentation, case studies, research reports, tools, answers to questions, etc. It can be a bit onerous leaving one rummaging through links asking questions like "what should I read first?", "where can I find examples of how specific companies are using RSS?", "what do analysts say about RSS in 2012?".

I found that with Curatr, I could arrange various research objects in such a way that they would flow together a bit better in a nice visual format (which looks great on an iPad BTW). Take for example the topic of virtual instructor-led training. That's a topic that goes back for years. I could lay out content as objects that one could choose – from 'primer' to 'case study' to 'definition' to 'research study' to 'video' to 'webcast' to 'benchmarking data' to 'training and development' to 'ask the expert' question responses. These are some of our assets our members know well.

What makes it social is that I can interact with each asset – leave comments, add content, etc. – they become more alive that way. There are gamification elements as well – "leveling up" based on difficulty and interactions. Below is a pretty basic look of just a few Bersin & Associates assets. If you want to really see it in action, take a look at some videos Curatr has produced or you could even set up a demo account and play around. Put a time limit on it though…it's easy to get carried away.

Here's a screen shot with just 4 assets. I could easily add our BersinBasics, Tools, Answers to "Ask the Expert" Questions, etc. (click to make larger)

Here is a recent video from founder Ben Betts and a link to the iPad app.

Have fun and let me know what you think of published content presented in this way.


Dani Johnson

Dani Johnson, Vice President, Learning & Development Research, writes about the evolving L&D function. Specifically, she focuses on the necessary changes in how L&D approaches its responsibilities and allocates its resources (people, time, and money) to have a lasting effect on both organizations and individuals.

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