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ED801 Doctoral Seminar

The purpose of this doctoral seminar is to coach and support doctoral students as they conduct a feasible, ethical, and valid research project. Students will meet regularly and work with a faculty adviser through the online platform to develop their capstone projects. In this portion of the capstone project, students will identify, introduce, and analyze a problem of practice, challenge, or complex phenomenon in an external organization. Students will investigate this problem and provide multiple forms of evidence that demonstrate a need to focus on the problem in the particular organizational context. Drawing upon program coursework and their independent research, students will then design an intervention or process that implements learning, improvement, or change to solve the problem in an approach aligned with the organization’s needs. They will present this first portion of their project to the organization and receive feedback. Prerequisites: permission of the program director. (3)