Dissertation Research

NCU Professors to present paper on situated dissertation advising at Eighth International Conference on e-Learning and Innovative Pedagogies

Northcentral University Professors will present a white paper entitled, 

Doctoral Candidate Milestone Achievement: A Philosophy for Situated Dissertation Advising, at the Eighth International Conference on e-Learning and Innovative Pedagogies November 2 at the University of California, Santa Cruz. 


In keeping with the conference themes of technology, institutions, and the future of e-learning, the researchers propose that a situated dissertation model is an effective pedagogic method of promoting online doctoral student successful outcomes. The paper is informed by an institutional case demonstrating the effectiveness of this model in an e-learning environment where technology tools have been evolving rapidly and institutional architectures have been changing to accommodate those technology tools as well as dynamic student expectations. In a primarily doctoral granting institution, it is critical to have provisions to ensure high rates of student success to ensure institutional viability. In this research, the authors present the challenges experienced by doctoral candidates and propose a philosophy of dissertation advising to help online students complete their programs successfully and within a reasonable amount of time. This research includes a summarization of strategies used by certain faculty to reduce student complaints, decrease time to completion rates, and increase retention. The authors recommend a formal approach to situated dissertation research advising to improve online doctoral student persistence and completion especially for the dissertation research phase of a doctoral program. The suggested model leads to chair efficacy, higher quality mentoring skills, and more collaborative communication between the chair and candidate.

Keywords: Dissertation, Advising, Conflict, Retention, Success, Online
Stream: Pedagogies 
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in a Themed Session in English 
  1. Throne, Dr. Robin
  2. Shaw, Dr. Melanie
  3. Fore, Dr. Jerome
  4. Duffy, Dr. Jennifer
  5. Clowes, Dr. Meena