LDL Onboarding Series

We have an onboarding series for students who are new to the LDL program or new to taking an LDL course.

Visit the Happening Now page for a current list of upcoming events and Zoom details. Most sessions use our LDL Sessions recurring Zoom link referenced , but the Happening Now page is the source for the most up-to-date schedule and Zoom information.

We strive to hold onboarding sessions several times throughout the year. Most sessions are not recorded. We ask that you make time to review the prework materials and attend the live session. The presentations and support materials can be found on the pages linked below.

New LDL Degree, Certificate, or Course Students

 TopicUpcoming DatesBrief DescriptionAudienceSuggested Attendance Timing
1Information SessionJune 28th
1:00 to 2:00 p.m. CT
(Register to receive the Zoom information)
Learn about our different degree and certificate offeringsProspective Students or new students who did not attend prior to applyingPrior to applying, but no later than before starting your first course
2New LDL StudentsJuly 25th
5:30 to 6:30 p.m. CT
Learn about available resources and how to get started with your degree or certificate programNew students pursuing a degree or certificate in LDLUpon acceptance, but no later than before you take your first course
3LDL Courses IntroductionJune 20th
5:30 to 6:30 p.m. CT
August 1st
5:30 to 6:30 p.m. CT
Learn how to navigate the regular LDL courses and their participation requirementsAll new LDL degree or certificate students and students who have not taken an LDL course previouslyPrior to taking your first LDL course
4CGScholar BootcampJune 27th
12:30 to 1:30 p.m. CT
August 22nd
5:30 to 6:30 p.m. CT and 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. CT
Learn how to navigate CGScholar, the online platform we use to administer the LDL coursesAll new LDL degree or certificate students and students who have not taken an LDL course previouslyPrior to taking your first LDL course
5Peer ReviewsJuly 11th
12:30 to 1:30 p.m. CT
August 1st
6:30 to 7:30 p.m. CT
Discuss qualities of and practice providing meaningful peer reviewAll new LDL degree or certificate students and students who have not taken an LDL course previously or anyone who wants to improve the quality of their peer reviewsPrior to taking your first LDL course
6Academic Writing and the Literature Review GenreJune 20th
7:30 to 8:30 p.m. CT
Become familiar with the basic principles and expectations of the literature review genre, which is enforced at the exam-dissertation stageRequired for new LDL doctoral students; encouraged for othersPrior to taking your first LDL course
FYI: Doctoral Students onlyExam-Dissertation Sequence (EDS)June 20th
6:30 to 7:30 p.m. CT
Learn how to navigate the EDS, including the processes and expectations of this six-course sequenceLDL doctoral students preparing to start the EDSAt least one full semester prior to starting the EDS (The EDS begins after you complete your regular 10 courses)

Early Research Project and Exam-Dissertation Sequence Onboarding

The Early Research Project (ERP) (for PhD students only) generally begins after your first or second year and after you have taken at least two methods courses. The Exam-Dissertation Sequence begins after doctoral students have completed their 10 (EdD) or 12 (PhD) regular courses. The ERP follows the same guidelines as the EDS, just at a much smaller scale, so onboarding sessions are combined.

TopicDescriptionTiming
Exam-Dissertation Sequence (EDS)Learn how to navigate the EDS, including the processes and expectations of this six-course sequenceAt least one full semester prior to starting your ERP (PhD students) or the EDS (The EDS begins after you complete your regular 10 courses)
Literature Review GenrePrepare to apply the principles and expectations of the literature review genreBefore you begin your ERP (PhD students) or the EDS
General FieldDetermine your general field topic and a plan for completing your general field course and examination. The same concepts apply to the Special field, so there is not an additional session.Before you begin the General Field
Theory and MethodologyDiscuss theoretical foundations, logic models, methodology design, and implementation principlesBefore you begin your ERP (PhD students) or EPOL 588