Innovative Ideas, Transformational Practices
Welcome to the examination and dissertation process! We hope in this sequence of courses and milestones we can make the examination and dissertation process a more social and intellectually stimulating experience. See below for the key features associated with the LDL Exam-Dissertation Sequence.
Six-Course Exam-Dissertation Sequence (EDS)
Seminars, Milestones, and Examinations
The Exam-Dissertation Sequence (EDS) involves a series of seminars and incremental and cumulative milestones to help you complete your examinations and build towards your final dissertation.
These milestones serve a dual purpose. The initial purpose is to achieve your qualifying and preliminary examinations. The secondary purpose is for your dissertation manuscript. Learn more about each milestone by referring to the related web page and admin updates found under Navigating the Exam-Dissertation Sequence.
Key Features of the Exam-Dissertation Sequence
Key features of the approach we take in this six-course sequence are:
Semi-formally in online discussions (restricted), and formally in peer reviewed projects, section by section as the draft of the dissertation evolves, and observing presentations.
Each course includes milestones that build towards your final dissertation.
where peers who are further into the process offer support to those who have started the EDS more recently, including a student led support community (restricted) where you can ask questions, share best practices, and offer support.
Weekly synchronous advising sessions with the program instructors and peers. Individual advising sessions are available upon request.
Four-Person Faculty Committee
who stay with program participants throughout the six-course sequence, reviewing interim work and final deliverables. Currently, this group consists of Dr Mary Kalantzis, Dr William Cope, and two others that vary by student. Students are encouraged to identify a fourth committee member in consultation with their advisor.
EDS Getting Started Tip
Key Exam-Dissertation Sequence Resources