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.
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.
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 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.