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EDUC 6174 Week 6 Discussion: Week 6 Discussion

Discussion on emerging trends in technology

This week's discussion asks that you post your thinking and research on an emerging trend in technology that has implications for your work with adult learners. Include the following:

  • A description of one emerging technological trend from “The Horizon Report” or another trend of particular interest to you and why you selected this trend.
  • A summary of your further research on this trend with references from the Walden Library and/or online. How you might incorporate this technological trend into your future work as an adult educator or in the design of a specific learning experience

Below is a sample search as well as additional resources to help you find what you need in the Library for your post.

Finding and searching education resources

1.  Go to the Library Home Page

2.  Look for the Select a subject drop-down:

3.  Click on the link to Education

Hint:  The education research page is a good one to bookmark so you can save a few steps in future searches

4. There are many databases to choose from.  A good one to start with is Education Source.

5.  From the search page enter the main concepts of your topic into the search boxes - one concept per line.  Below is an example of a search for emerging technologies in online classrooms:

First search box:  "tech* trends" OR "tech* innovation" OR "emerging tech*"

Second search box:  higher education OR college OR university


Use the drop-down to the right of the search box to limit to the Abstract - this adds focus

The * allows you to capture different forms of the same word - tech/technology/technologies

The quotation marks force the database to search for the words together as a phrase


You can limit the dates to the most recent to ensure you're looking at the latest articles (only a start date is needed).


Assessing your results

As you look through your results, see if there are any other keywords that might work for your query.  The titles, subject lines and abstracts are all good places to find additional vocabulary to search as you fine-tune your search to get better results.


You can then re-run your search based on what you've found to get more focused results.  Sometimes you will find specific technologies that you will want to search by name.

You will not often get what you need on the first try; be ready to re-run your search.

Accessing the full text

You can access the full text from the results page:


Or click on the article title.  From here you can read it online or download:


You can use the tools to print, email it to yourself or download the full text:



For more help

For additional help you can look at these guides:

Peer Review 

Keyword Searching

Full text

Or you can always Ask A Librarian.