I just wanted to let all of our doctoral students in IDT and ICL know about a course I’m teaching this summer.  IDT 8500 is referred to as “the writing class” by our students. This course will be offered completely online, but it will be synchronous. We will meet on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 5:30 to 8:30 pm online using UofM’s video conferencing system UMMeet (Adobe Connect).

The course description says,

“Students will critique academic research findings and synthesize research findings into an original, coherent and structured document. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credit hours.”

This course is focused on (a) academic writing and (b) evaluating and synthesizing educational research.  The primary project in the course is a literature review.  However, I believe most students would say we do a lot more than just work on a review of related literature.  Doc students have questions about things, processes, how things work, what is considered good, etc.  We try to answer all of your questions along the way.  🙂   Above all, students are definitely better writers at the end.

IDT 8500 is appropriate for both beginning doctoral students and advanced doctoral students.  Students benefit from the course early on with research residency and later on prior to dissertation.  Many student choose to take the course twice.  Some of the students’ comments about this class are:

Class should be offered more. There should also be a concerted effort to inform doctoral students about this course. It is TOO valuable for one to miss.

I am blessed to have been in this class and am better, professionally, for the experience.

This class was extremely helpful. I feel more competent and confident as a result of this course.

I hope you’ll consider registering for this course on Tuesday and Thursday evenings during first summer session.

About Michael M Grant

Dr. Michael M. Grant is a passionate professor, researcher, and consultant. He works with faculty members, schools and universities, and districts to integrate technology meaningfully and improve teaching and learning. When 140 characters just won't work, then he blogs here at Viral-Notebook.com. He has a beautiful wife and three equally beautiful daughters, who will change the world.

2 Thoughts on “IDT 8500 (the writing class) will be offered online this summer using video conferencing

  1. Dora Berry on April 17, 2012 at 6:19 pm said:

    Dr. Grant,

    I am a doctoral student and I going to register to your Summer 2012 class and I have a lot of problems written in English because I am from Brazil. I would like to have as much information as possible during the month of May for me to start preparing for classes. It is possible to get the course syllabus and any major readings list before classes started?

    Thank you very much.

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