Advising Sessions, Onboarding, and Workshops

LDL Courses Recurring Zoom Link

If you are enrolled in a regular LDL course that meets on Mondays, refer to this page for Zoom information.

LDL 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, LDL Courses Onboarding, Peer Review Onboarding, CGScholar Bootcamp, and the regular LDL courses have a different Zoom link.

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Live Sessions

LDL Onboarding Series

New LDL Program or Course Participants

View the Happening Now page for the Zoom details. The session may be on the LDL Course Office Hours link or our Recurring Zoom link mentioned above depending the type of session and when it is held.

LDL Students

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 Google Tracker 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 a full day or two days on progressing on whatever milestone you may be working on while knowing that a group of peers are doing the same thing. Refer to the Happening Now page for upcoming dates and registration details.

Virtual Meet-Ups

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

Student-Alumni Series

Purpose: Bring students and alumni together to address a topic relevant to both audience and to establish connections within and across both populations.

  • Periodic Wednesdays, 5:30 – 6:30 pm (US Central Time)

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 in the Fall

Stay tuned for more details on our 2022 conference

In-Person Gatherings

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.

Graduation ceremonies is one key 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.
  • Note that during Summer session 2 these will be held from 12:30 to 1:30 pm US Central Time.

Refer to emails and our Happening Now page for specific dates and topics.  Occasionally these sessions will be repurposed or cancelled.

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.
  • Note that during Summer session 2 these will be held from 1:30 to 2:30 pm US Central Time.
  • Refer to emails and our Happening Now page for specific dates and topics.  Occasionally these sessions will be repurposed or cancelled.
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.

Program Planning
  • 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 Google tracker 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