Design, technology choices and interactive processes in an online doctoral programDr Debra HovenCentre for Distance Educat...
The Cohort Model – Pros & ConsIssues in Doctoral Research & Supervision by DistanceSome generic & some specific to DE:• AB...
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  1. 1. Design, technology choices and interactive processes in an online doctoral programDr Debra HovenCentre for Distance EducationAthabasca University, Canadadebrah@athabascau.caProcess through the programhttp://cde.athabascau.ca/programs/doctoral/intro.php• cohort-based (8-12students)• 4-year program: fully online• initial online intro session(June)• 5-day f2f orientation (August1st year)• 1 course per semester = full-timeProfessionaldoctorate: EdDE• 1st meeting online (June)• Collaborative assignmentdistributed• PBL process• Experiential learning• F2F: cohort-building activities• Discussions with potentialsupervisorsOrientation • Advanced topics & issues inDE (10 months)• Advanced research ineducation• Teaching & learning in DE(+internship)• Leadership & projectmanagement in DECoursework• Proposal & candidacy defencepreparation• 2-weekly synchronous sessions• Assessment pieces drive &driven by candidacy defence:• Dissertation evaluation• Literature review• Draft proposal• Feedback + refinementResearchseminar I • proposal to supervisor forrevisions• slides to supervisor for review• online timed rehearsal(Elluminate: recorded)• slide-by-slide feedback• student review of recordedrehearsal session• Defence in Elluminate (orsimilar) with video ID checkCandidacydefence• Research Seminar II (SN +synchronous)• Ethics approval• Skype, Elluminate or Connectsessions: 2 to 4-weekly• Project implementation• Writing & revisions (comments& tracking)• Online defence as percandidacyDissertation &defence
  2. 2. The Cohort Model – Pros & ConsIssues in Doctoral Research & Supervision by DistanceSome generic & some specific to DE:• ABD• Dropout in early stages of project or dissertation• Lack of support structures & processes: staff & students (Malfroy (2005)• Student isolation (Denicolo, 2004)• Inadequate writing preparation (Kamler& Thomson, 2004)• Poor supervision skills (Connell, 1985)Some solutions in Cohort Model & Social NetworkingAsk me: why these issues occur … how they can be addressed? what pedagogies can be applied? what technologies can assist?And the dark side … focus internal to group over-cohesiveness “us-and-them” phenomenon age-related phenomenaOn-going research…

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