Important! Regular LDL Course Participants
Exam-Dissertation Sequence and other non-course Sessions Recurring Zoom Link
While the regular LDL courses have their own Zoom link(s), all of our group advising sessions, writing retreats, virtual meet-ups, workshops, peer presentations, some onboarding, and student-alumni events take place on our recurring LDL Zoom link unless otherwise noted. Note that individual advising sessions have a different Zoom link.
- Meeting ID: 943597235
- Contact a TA for the meeting passcode (for those familiar with our Zoom sessions, the passcode is the same)
- Find your local number: https://zoom.us/u/acfTQbmbrh
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+16513728299,,943597235# US (Minnesota)
+16465189805,,943597235# US (New York)
LDL Onboarding Series
New LDL Program Students
Purpose: Provide an overview of the LDL program, requirements, and resources
Audience: New Masters and Doctoral students accepted into the LDL concentration
View the Happening Now page for the dates and the Zoom details.
New LDL Course Participants
Purpose: Supplementary to the required asynchronous onboarding, this session will highlight the most important things and serve as an open Q&A
Audience: Anyone who has not previously taken a course from Dr. Cope, Dr. Kalantzis, or Dr. Francis using the CGScholar platform
View the Happening Now page for the dates and the Zoom details, typically this is held during the first week of Office Hours.
All LDL Student Workshops
We strive to hold periodic workshops and virtual meet-ups throughout the year. Refer to the list below for examples of sessions, but check the Happening Now page often for the most up-to-date schedule and list of topics. Students are always encouraged and welcome to request special topics or even arrange your own. We can help you communicate it.
Writing Groups and Writing Retreats
Purpose: Encourage structured writing time that comes with support and accountability.
Writing Groups: Sign up to host a writing group on our Advising Sessions Google Sheet under the Meet-Ups and Writing Sessions tab. Indicate the date and time of the session. Coordinate with the Dissertation Advisor so that the sessions can be communicated.
Writing retreats are an opportunity to focus one or more full days on progressing on whatever milestone you may be working on while knowing that a group of peers are also working towards their milestone. Refer to the Happening Now page for upcoming dates and registration details.
Purpose: Provide a time and place for current students to connect informally
- Periodic Mondays, 8:30 – 9:00 pm (US Central Time)
These are student-led sessions to encourage connection and collaboration. These meet-ups are open to both Masters and Doctoral Students. Optional breakout rooms will be set up if the two groups would like to engage in their own discussion.
LDL Students and Alumni Together
Purpose: Bring students and alumni together to address a topic relevant to both audience and to establish connections within and across both populations.
These are open to both Masters and Doctoral Students.
Learning Design and Leadership Annual Conference
Purpose: Bring students and alumni together to present and/or learn from one another in a conference-style format.
- One Friday or Saturday Annually
Stay tuned for more details on our 2023 conference
Purpose: To establish and maintain in-person connections
Stay tuned as we strive to bring you more in-person gathering options. Note that these are optional and any travel or lodging expenses are the responsibility of the student.
- LDL Gathering Website – Check out our 2022 video (tentative, late September 2023)
- Graduation ceremonies are another opportunity to connect in-person with peers and advisors
Exam-Dissertation Sequence Students
Exam-Dissertation Sequence-Specific Workshops
Purpose: Receive instruction on a core part of the exam-dissertation sequence, such as getting starting, the General Field, Methodology, and more.
- Mondays, 5:30 – 6:30 pm (US Central Time) during the regular course term, cancelled for all U.S. National holidays.
- No sessions are held during Summer session 2
Refer to emails and our Happening Now page for specific dates and topics. Occasionally these sessions will be repurposed or cancelled based on students’ needs.
Exam-Dissertation Sequence Small Group Collaborative Sessions
Purpose: Join with peers who are at the same stage as you within the EDS. These are peer-led sessions where students set the agenda. Select a breakout room after joining our LDL Zoom link. The dissertation advisor may visit a specific breakout room
- Mondays, 6:30 – 7:30 pm (US Central Time) during the regular course term, cancelled for all U.S. National holidays.
- Refer to emails and our Happening Now page for specific dates and topics. Occasionally these sessions will be repurposed or cancelled based on students’ needs.
Exam-Dissertation Sequence Live Group Advising Sessions
Purpose: Join with faculty advisors and peers to ask questions, request feedback, and/or share progress. During each session, three to five students will volunteer to “present”. All participants can contribute to and/or learn from the discussion.
- Mondays, 7:30 – 8:30 pm (US Central Time) during the regular course term, cancelled for all U.S. National holidays. Note that during Summer session 2 these will be held from 2:30 to 3:30 pm US Central Time.
- Most Tuesdays, 8:00 – 9:00 am (US Central Time) during the regular course term. Refer to the Happening Now page for the most up-to-date schedule.
Refer to the Google tracker to sign up to present or ask questions. Please come prepared with a brief slide that introduces your topics, research question, and/or logic model to provide context for the discussion.
Individual Advising Sessions
You may schedule individual advising sessions with your faculty advisor (Dr. Kalantzis or Dr. Cope) , the dissertation supervisor (Dr. Kalantzis), or the LDL program and dissertation advisor (Dr. Francis). While Dr. Cope may be your assigned faculty advisor, Dr. Kalantzis and Dr. Francis are your main contacts for the exam-dissertation sequence.
The EDS group advising sessions are a valuable opportunity to receive live feedback from faculty advisors and peers, but we recognize that some circumstances warrant individual advising sessions. We also require an initial advising session with Dr. Francis prior to starting the EDS.
- Meet with Dr. Francis to discuss your overall LDL program plan at the beginning and periodically throughout your degree program
- Please include a copy of your latest program plan and a list of questions you’d like to discuss
- Contact Dr. Francis directly to arrange a meeting time
Initial Exam-Dissertation Sequence Advising with Dr. Francis (LDL Dissertation Advisor)
- Meet with Dr. Francis for your initial EDS Advising session, logistical matters, and/or for initial feedback on your general and special field topics, research questions, literature review, methodology, or findings.
- Contact Dr. Francis directly to arrange a meeting time
Meeting with Dr. Kalantzis (Dissertation Supervisor)
- Meet with Dr. Kalantzis for your advanced discussions on your research questions, literature review, methodology, and findings.
- Tuesdays during normal US daytime hours.
- Sign up for a time on the Advising Sessions Google Sheet in Central Time
- AND send Dr. Francis an email of your desired time. If the time works with Dr. Kalantzis’ schedule, we will send a calendar invite
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