Curation in L&D With Mike Shaw

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Published Nov 16, 2021, 12:00 AM

Curation is a term that has been used in L&D for a number of years but its actual purpose often seems to be diluted down to ‘making more content’. As discussed in this episode, curation is a useful skill to have in the L&D kitbag to draw on expertise and know-how that resides elsewhere, repurposed as solutions to real problems. Thank you to Shona Hodgson for suggesting this topic.


  • Curation in L&D is about finding content, shaping it and helping everyone to apply it to their roles.
  • When looking for content to curate, don´t forget internal sources.
  • Before looking for content be crystal clear about what you are trying to achieve.
  • Being clear on the problem you are trying to solve makes it far easier to recognise relevant content when you find it and to quickly adapt it.
  • Ask yourself what experience you want people to have and what that engagement piece will be.
  • You don´t need any special tech to be able to do curation successfully.
  • When you curate something you still need to build in support tools and resources.


'We don´t have to create everything from scratch'

'When you are laser-focused on solving real problems, then often the solution stares you in the face'

'I think am I adding value beyond that piece of content. '


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Mike Shaw Bio

Mike Shaw is Global Learning & Organisational Development Manager at Emerald Works and an experienced leader in the field of People Development, having led teams at Mitie and Hereward College. Mike is an active member of the L&D community and co-host of the Burnham & Shaw Chat podcast series with Rachel Burnham. 


David James 

David has been a People Development professional for more than 20 years, most notably as Director of Talent, Learning & OD for The Walt Disney Company across Europe, the Middle East & Africa. 

As well as being the Chief Learning Strategist at Looop, David is a prominent writer and speaker on topics around modern and digital L&D as well as an active member of the CIPD L&D Advisory Board. 


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