May 4, 2018

Using LearnTechLib for Technopedagogical Monitoring

Since 2014, anyone in the college network has access, free of charge, to LearnTechLib (formerly EdITlib) through the CDC (Centre de documentation collégiale). LearnTechLib is a database that provides access to thousands of documents on the integration of educational technologies and online learning (e-learning).

Are you looking for resources to further your insight into methods you already use? Do you want ideas to make better use of ICT in your teaching? Technopedagogical monitoring with LearnTechLib helps you to stay up to date on technological trends in education.

Who Is This Resource For?

The LearnTechLib database has been developed and is supported by researchers, teachers and librarians passionate about educational technologies.

All employees of public and private, francophone and anglophone colleges have free access to it through the CDC.

LearnTechLib is:

  • Over 130,000 peer-reviewed documents published over the last 30 years
  • More than 80,000 articles and abstracts of scientific articles
  • Nearly 2,300 scholarly journals indexed
  • Articles from scholarly journals, conference proceedings, reports, theses and dissertations, videos, presentations and more are added daily.

Moreover, users have access to several features that allow them to search, collect and organize the monitored documents.

What is information monitoring?

In Regards croisés sur la veille (Alloing et al., 2011, p.5) , Fabrice Fontaine explains that information monitoring  is an activity that consists of monitoring, searching, collecting, interpreting and distributing relevant information.

Technopedagogical monitoring is to be on the lookout for educational uses of technologies as a teaching and learning strategy for students. A participant of a working group organized to prepare a VTÉ (Vitrine technologie-éducation) Laboratory [translated from French]


Full Text Available

To start a search, write the keywords that interest you or the name of the author of the resource you want to find, then press “Search.”

You can limit the results to get only full-text resources. Only documents that have both an abstract and the full text will be displayed.

In the LearnTechLib search interface, select “Only articles / papers with fulltext” to limit the results of the search to resources that can be viewed in their entirety.


Informational Content Alerts

LearnTechLib offers the possibility to create informational alerts for content of interest to its users. Three options are available:

Keyword Search Alert

Signup form for a keyword search alert.

Alert for tables of contents of new open access publications
When new scholarly journals appear, you can receive a copy of their table of contents by email to stay informed of the latest research developments.

Signup form for a table of contents alert.

Topic alert. LearnTechLib uses collaborative tagging to classify its various documents
You can set a selection of specific topics for which email alerts will be sent to you when new resources matching your profile are added. Subject alerts differ from keyword alerts in that all the resources with the desired label will be selected.

Signup form for a topic alert.

Subscriptions to different alerts can be ended at any time.

Saving Search Results

If necessary, it is possible to save the complete list of results obtained for a specific request and return to it later.

Saving search results.


Compatibility with Bibliographic Reference Management Software

It is possible to import the bibliographic references of LearnTechLib in bibliographic reference management software (Zotero, EndNote, etc.)

In the LearnTechLib interface, click on “Citation” to import the reference into bibliographic management software. Click on “OpenURL” to obtain the permalink.

Each document has a permanent link (permalink) that will always be valid. This ensures that you (and the people with whom you share them) will always have access to the documents you reference.

Creation of thematic collections (public or private audience)

You can create your own collections for your personal consultation or to share them with research teams, communities of practice or colleagues.

Overview of a collection I created.

To Learn More about Information Monitoring and its Educational Possibilities

The CDC has expertise on the issues of college education in Quebec. If you want to be informed of recent developments in a particular area of education, we can help you develop a personalized information monitoring strategy.

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