LDL Onboarding Series

We have an onboarding series for new LDL program students and LDL course participants.

New LDL Program Students

New LDL Program Students

In addition to the New LDL Course Participant learning module referred to below, if you are new to the LDL program, see our New LDL Student Onboarding Presentation for all new LDL students and join an upcoming LDL New Student Onboarding session. In that session we go over degree planning, University resources, and more. The program onboarding is not a substitute for the course onboarding.

Graduate College Grad Map Onboarding Space

The Graduate College has recently developed an onboarding space for all graduate students. Please note that this may mention things relevant to being on-campus, but much of it is also relevant to online students.

Access the Grad Map space on Canvas

New LDL Course Participants

Our New LDL Course Participant Onboarding involves a hybrid, flipped classroom approach. We ask that you complete the learning module before the first day of class and before the live session/Office Hours, so that you can come prepared to ask the questions that matter most to you. We also invite you to check out our FAQ pages and ask questions directly in the New Course Participant Community.

New LDL Course Participant Onboarding Videos

View several short videos to acclimate yourself to our process and the CGScholar platform.

Live Session

We hold a live Onboarding session the first day of each term during the standard Office Hours. Visit the Happening Now page for a current list of upcoming events and Zoom details. Complete the learning module elements prior to the live session.

Learning Module

The following links will take you directly to each update in our Onboarding learning module. Start by viewing our Welcome to an LDL Course – for new LDL course participants update, then complete the remaining updates, as outlined below.

High Level


Major Assignments

Scholarly Sources and Academic Writing

Peer Reviews

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.

TopicUpcoming DatesDescriptionTiming
Exam-Dissertation Sequence (EDS)July 25th and September 19th from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. CTLearn 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 GenreAugust 1st from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. CTPrepare to apply the principles and expectations of the literature review genreBefore you begin your ERP (PhD students) or the EDS
General FieldJuly 25th from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. CTDetermine 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 MethodologyOctober 17th from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. CTDiscuss theoretical foundations, logic models, methodology design, and implementation principlesBefore you begin your ERP (PhD students) or EPOL 588