Curatr – a new platform for online learning


I’ve been a little bit radio silent over the last couple of weeks as we’ve approached the soft launch of our latest creation, Curatr. But now it’s finally time to break cover and see if we can get people as excited about our little creation as we are. So that’s what I’m going to try and do!

First of all, a flashy video. Sorry, but it will actually benefit your understanding of what we are trying to do here and I can’t explain it any better in less than 2 mins!

So fundamentally, Curatr is a new platform for delivering learning experiences over the web. It is the result of us trying to marry-up some great new approaches that have been emerging themes in E-learning for a little while now. At its core are a couple of key principles:

• E-learning works best as a two-way process.
• We can learn from anything.

We’ve added a few more facets to the central tenets as we’ve gone along and there is any number of buzzwords that you can use to describe them. We’re talking social learning, personalised learning, mobile learning, learning by exploration, games based learning and many more.

The upshot of all this is that Curatr is what you make of it and I wouldn’t want to suggest it is the be-all and end-all answer to any of those genres. But it certainly takes a leaf out of their respective books and allows for users to create a learning experience built around whatever approach they deem most suitable. So long as it keeps the two key principles.

The result is something quite different. And, in order to practice what I preach, I made a video in order to explain it, instead of you having to read pages of my waffle!

Right now we are looking for private beta testers to help us bring the project along in the next few weeks. Head over to www.curatr.co.uk to find out more, watch the same videos again and sign-up to the beta.
We’re looking to deliver our first public release as quickly as possible and I promise some innovative approaches to the commercial proposition that goes with it.

I’ll be talking more on the blog about the theory behind it and the features we incorporate but, in the meantime, if you’ve got any questions for me please feel free to put them in the comments here!

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