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