I am a librarian – I love to find information. I also realized that at times I am too complacent…google scholar or an academic database is all I need to use. Well…My technology and transformative learning lit review seemed stalled – I was looking for the theoretical underpinnings of the two areas. I’ve used these keywords: transformative learning, ICT, educational technology, educational theory, technology, distance education, online education in a myriad of databases. Found articles that skirted my topic but I was not quite satisfied…then I decided to search twitter.
I used the search transformative learning….found a tweet from @veletsianos about a special issue of Educational Technology that is all about transformative learning – it was posted 2/25/11. @veletsianos is Dr. George Veletsianos is Assistant Professor of Instructional Technology at the University of Texas, Austin. His blog is wonderful and you should check it out here http://www.veletsianos.com/.
So this took me on a new path…opened up so many doors and still led me to the scholarly articles I need. Environmental scanning to me is a key tool in finding information – and that includes using what some would consider unconventional tools. I keep hearing we need to teach in places where the students reside…we should also search in places that scholars reside.