Exploring Emerging Trends in Information Seeking Strategies for Discovery Learning


The ubiquitous information and communication technologies and internet are a worldwide phenomenon that has revolutionised people’s lives and has reshaped a way which students access and obtain information to assist their learning in the twenty-first century. One significant facet of transformation is the internet has been gradually becoming an only information resource in learning. For locating required information, students in all levels of education generally utilise web search engine services as the primary gateway to information landscape. This research study developed the Virtual Environment for Internet Searching (VEIS), an online usage capturing technique to investigate the strategies used by Master degree students during their information seeking tasks. The results in this study suggest the information searching on the internet is not effortless and search strategies developed by the students are essentially arbitrary. It appears that in the end, it all decides to the students themselves and the uses they make of the technologies. They evidently do searching on the internet in ways that web search engine designers and information seeking researchers have not contemplated or imagined, as yet.

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Taweesak Sangkapreecha, Bangkok University, Thailand

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Conference: ACSET2015
Stream: Education and Technology: Teaching

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