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EDUC 6179 Week 8 Discussion: Week 8 Discussion

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Education Research

This link will take you to the main page for education research, with links to resources selected to meet the needs of education scholar-practitioners.

Technology Solutions

You are asked to prepare for this week’s Discussion by investigating the Walden University Library and the Internet for technology solutions applicable to online learning. Consider the following questions as you prepare for this Discussion:

  • What are two emerging technologies (not mentioned in the Learning Resources) that are growing in popularity today?

  • Which do you think might be most effective in promoting or enhancing online learning?

  • What are the benefits and challenges of implementing these technologies in an online learning environment?

  • What factors (computer processing speeds, bandwidth, operating system compatibility, ADA compliance, etc.) should be considered before implementing these technologies in an online learning environment?

  • How could these tools be implemented to optimize learning for adults?

You can search the Walden Library for articles and other resources that discuss emerging technologies.  A sample search is provided below.

Sample article search

The Education Research page is the place to find recommended databases for your searches.  Below is a sample search in Education Source, the best place to start searching for articles on your education related topic.  Follow these steps to run your search:


1. Click the Select a Subject drop-down from the Walden Library Home Page.



2. Choose Education from the options.


3. Now choose Education Source from the list of education databases.

You may have to login with your myWalden email and password.



4. Now you are on a search screen with three Search boxes.  Break your topic down into just keywords and type one concept or keyword(s) per box, separating synonyms with the word OR within each line.


In the top search box type: emerging tech* OR new tech*

Note: the asterisk allows you to capture variant endings - technology/technologies


In the middle search box type:  higher education OR college OR university


In the third search box type:  challenge OR issue OR problem


5. Under the search boxes, click inside the check mark boxes for "Full Text" and "Peer Reviewed".


Choose the AB Abstract option for the top two search boxes to add focus


Here's what the search page will look like:



6. Click the Search button.


This is just a sample search.  You can search specific technologies ... instead of problems you can search for success* OR effective ... try different combinations to see what results lists are best for you.  The important thing is to limit to one concept per line, separating synonyms with the word OR within each line.


If you have questions please don't hesitate to Ask A Librarian.

Educaton Databases


Click on any of the Tutorial links below for additional help on specific topics:

Other help pages

How to choose a topic (finding a topic that's not too broad or too narrow)

Keyword searching (how to determine the best words to search)

Boolean search operators (how to put your keywords together)

Peer review (find out what it means and why it's important)

How to find full text