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EDUC 6760 Week 4 Assignment: Week 4 Assignment

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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.


You have been tasked with developing a list of 8-10 standards for design, instruction, and materials that make for a high-quality online course. Some of the concepts your are to address are: timely interaction, managing diverse learning preferences, sustaining participation, and expectations for instructors regarding facilitation of communication

Below you will find information about the library including where and how to search for research articles.  A sample search is provided to give you an idea of what the search page will look like.

If you are having trouble finding what you need please don't hesitate to Ask A Librarian (link on the left).

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 the database:  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.


In the top search box type: instructional design OR instructional theory


In the middle search box type: online OR distance OR web-based


In the third search box type: learning preference OR cognitive style OR learning style


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


Here's what the search page will look like:




6. Click the Search button.


What other search terms can you think of?  You can look for standard OR best practice in the third box, or you can look for the terms specified in the assignment.  Notice that when you swap out the third box with timely interaction nothing comes up, but if you broaden it out to just interaction quite a lot comes up.  Scan the results for additional keywords to search ... both the subject lines and the abstracts are good places to find relevant vocabulary.


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