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Doctoral Capstone

Webinars for Doctoral Capstone Faculty

Video: Helping Students Transition From Coursework to Capstone (7/8/20)

Doctoral capstone documents, such as dissertations or doctoral or project studies, present unique challenges to student writers. Although their coursework prepares them for these challenges, there are new skills and approaches students will need to complete this longer, higher-stakes writing project. In this webinar, Writing Center staff members outline skills, resources, and strategies for preparing for the writing challenges of a capstone, with advice on how committees and other faculty can support students in acquiring them.

*Video: Preparing Students for the Form and Style Review (6/22/20)

In this session, presenters outline concrete ways that committee members can coach students at various stages of the dissertation and professional doctorate capstone process to ensure adequate preparation for the Form and Style Review and ultimate publication. Presenters will highlight resources for committees, including student capstone resources and the editors’ Top 10 problems at Form and Style.

Video: Multilingual Writing at the Doctoral Level: Aspects and Approaches (3/9/20)

In this webinar, Walden Writing Center editors discuss some of the specific challenges multilingual writers may have when working on a doctoral capstone, as well as possible practical solutions for you as committee members to help address these issues. We break down the challenges into four categories: psycho-affective/emotional issues, behavioral issues, rhetorical issues, and social issues.

Video: APA for Committee Faculty (4/10/19)

In this session, participants will learn about the use of APA in doctoral capstones: Common errors, the role of the chair and the Form and Style editor, and resources for understanding more complex APA rules. Presenters will show sample Form and Style reviews to help participants understand what level of APA adherence is expected at the Form and Style Review.