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Social Learning using Curatr

Using Curatr is really simple. When you login you’ll need to select a course to work on. Within this course you’ll need to view content, known as ‘learning objects’, in order to earn points. The amount of points you earn depends how important the learning object is to reaching the overall objective. On some objects you’ll be able to earn bonus points by answering a discussion question. You might need these points to progress; Curatr organizes learning objects into ‘levels’ and you’ll need to earn a minimum number of points at each level in order to proceed to the next.

Sometimes, to move between one level and the next, you’ll need to take a test. We call these ‘end of level gates’ because you have to pass through them to keep going. Gates can range in format. Some are multiple choice questions. Others will be more social; asking you to answer a discussion question, or upload a picture. On completing a gate you will automatically ‘level up’. This will bring you new content and a new points target for the next level.

To access a course, learners first need to log into Curatr. If learners are taking part in a course by a particular organization, the administrator of this course will be able to enroll the learner and supply learner login details. Once logged in, the learner will have access to their home screen (Figure 1). Here they can view their profile, a list of courses they are enrolled in and a list of any groups that they are members of.

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  1. Home – This home logo is displayed throughout Curatr and takes the learner back to the home screen.
  2. Profile – The profile contains details about the learner – name, picture and ‘tag line’ – a short bio.
  3. Logout – This allows the learner to logout of the course.
  4. Groups – This is where the learner can see what groups they are a part of.
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Course Home Screen

When a learner selects a course to learn from they are taken to the Course Home Screen. This screen has a variety of boxes showing a range of information relating to the course in progress.

  1. Description – A short description of the course.
  2. Quick links – Click ‘Get Started’ to access the main learning screen.
  3. Course progress – An overview of the learner’s progress through the course.
  4. Recent comments – Any comments made in the last 24 hours are listed in the Recent Comments section.
  5. Current level – The objective the learner is currently working towards.
  6. Leader board – Here there is a list of the top five learners on the course. Their scores are displayed, allowing learners to compare their progress against their peers.
  7. Badges – Any badges the learner has earned in this course so far.

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Inside a Course

This screen is typical of the screen layout of the Curatr platform; this is the screen that learners must access in order to score points and progress on their learning journey. Each course is divided into levels and each level is made up of a number of objects. Learners must view and comment on objects to be able to move up to the next level.
1. Progress bars and XP – The bar across the top of the canvas shows how the learner is progressing on this level. To move up to the next level, the learner needs to gain a certain number of experience points (XP) and these are tracked on the progress bar.
2. Learning objects – These nodes are arranged in concentric circles, growing out from the center of the screen. The nodes closest to the center are at the learner’s current level; those further out are at levels previously completed by the learner. The color of the node changes dependent on whether or not the learner has viewed the object related to it. In this case, red nodes have been viewed by the learner and nodes that have not been viewed are yellow. Any objects which have been bookmarked by the learner are marked with a star.
3. Central avatar – An avatar exists at the center of the screen to signify the organization hosting the learning experience. In this case the avatar is the default ‘Curatr’ avatar.

Viewing an Object

Viewing an object is one of the core functions within Curatr. Learners need to view objects and participate in discussions to gain points. This image shows the learner viewing an object within Curatr, in this case the object being an online article.

  1. Embedded object – At the top half of screen the learning object itself is embedded. A learning object can be any digital file – a video, a website, a piece of text etc.
  2. Menu bar – Below the object itself is a menu bar showing the object title and its point status. In order to earn an XP for viewing an object, this window must be kept open for a specified period of time. As soon as the view object window is opened, the view timer starts. When the timer hits the ‘view time’ required for a point to register, this point’s status area changes.
  3. Discussion points – The Discussion Point on the left allows an administrator to pose a question or otherwise to direct the comments they are seeking from learners using this field.
  4. Comments – The comments area is where any comments made by learners appear. Other learners may post a reply to another learner’s comment or begin their own thread by creating a new comment. Either of these actions will gain the learner the necessary point to achieve full points on viewing this object.
  5. Group filter – Learners can filter comments by group.

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