Supporting Teaching and Learning in a Virtual Learning Environment

 Designed with learning best practices, these free self-directed eLearning resources will help graduate students navigate the dissertations process while providing a user-centric, engaging learning experience. 

Academic writing is an essential skill for graduate success and degree completion. Graduate Schools have been forced to move academic writing workshops and outreach online and are faced with many challenges to still provide students with the same level of instructional and community support. Use the below on-demand resources to support virtual bootcamps and other online instruction.​

Dissertations Bootcamp

Module 1: Getting Started on Your Thesis or Dissertation

Module 1: Getting Started on Your Thesis or Dissertation

The Getting Started on Your Thesis or Dissertation module provides information and resources to help you understand how to plan and write a dissertation.

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Module 2: Efficient Discovery and Research Curation

Module 2: Efficient Discovery and Research Curation

The Efficient Discovery and Research Curation module provides graduate students the opportunity to access resources and develop skills promoting effective and efficient topic research.

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Module 3: Developing a Productive Writing Plan

Module 3: Developing a Productive Writing Plan

The Developing a Productive Writing Plan explores explore techniques to help you develop a productive writing plan for your dissertation once you’ve decided on a topic. We’ll do this by debunking some myths about the dissertation writing process.

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Partnering for Graduate Student Success

ProQuest has partnered with experts in the Graduate School community to develop and provide free instructional resources for students to use in a virtual learning environment. The eLearning module Companions can be taken in any order and provide support tools for writing, community building, and PQDT Global use.

Expert Guidance On-Demand

Expert Guidance On-Demand

Dissertation Bootcamp eLearning Modules provide expert guidance for planning, writing, and efficient research approaches that are self-driven and can be taken on-demand.

Engaged Learning Experiences

Engaged Learning Experiences

Will support graduate students as they navigate the dissertations process while providing a user-centric, engaging learning experience.

Easily Integrated

Easily Integrated

eLearning Companions can be accessed here, linked to from your library website or integrated with your Learning Management System (LMS).

Expert Advice Articles

Virtual Dissertations Bootcamp

Virtual Dissertations Bootcamp

Graduate Schools have been forced to move academic writing workshops and outreach online and are faced with many challenges to provide students with adequate support. Resources developed and suggested for institutional use can be found here.

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The Advising Relationship

The Advising Relationship

You can help your advisor be the best advisor for you; someone who will allow you to complete your dissertation and flourish as a professional.

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Submitting Your Dissertation

Submitting Your Dissertation

The process of having your dissertation reviewed and approved.

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Defending Your Dissertation

Defending Your Dissertation

Breaking down the components of solid dissertation defense; the preparation, the defense, and the follow-up.

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Expert Contributors

Jan Allen

Jan Allen, Associate Dean for Academic and Student Affairs and Author, Cornell University Graduate School is the author of "The Productive Graduate Student Writer" and brings over 20 years of experience in facilitating on-campus bootcamp and virtual bootcamps worldwide​

The Productive Graduate Student Writer

Ken Helvey

Ken Helvey, Associate Professor of Education – Doctoral Program at Texas Wesleyan University has over 30 years of experience in public education and has fully integrated the analysis of dissertations into coursework and implemented across faculty peers.

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O’Donnell Learn is a leading learning design firm, rooted in purposeful learning design, a user-centric approach that ensures student success and engagement. O’Donnell Learn worked closely with the professionals at ProQuest to develop Dissertations eLearning Modules, and make them freely available to you.