The second was a course blog she created for her Social Media class and which links to individual student blogs. Dr. Weisgerber also shared practical tips on how to incorporate Wordpress into the classroom and discussed some challenges she has faced in the 5 years since first adopting blogs as a teaching tool.
Drs. Shannan Butler and Corinne Weisgerber gave a presentation entitled "Teachers as Curators of Ideas: A New Metaphor for the Digital Age," which suggested that the role of a teacher should be re-envisioned as that of a curator of ideas. They explained that just like a museum curator scours the art world, selects the finest works, gathers them together around a unified theme, provides a frame to understand the artists’ messages and then hosts a conversation around the collection, so the 21st century teacher must comb through an overabundance of information to discover the significant and relevant, bundle those ideas into course modules, contextualize them for the class and then create an environment for students to explore those ideas and enter into a conversation about them. Drs. Butler and Weisgerber covered 8 key steps to effectively curating content for a variety of courses and teaching students to become effective curators on their own.