Coaching Distance Dissertators: Challenges, Pedagogies, and Technologies

Concurrent Session 2

Brief Abstract

This conversation centers around the question, “How can faculty most effectively use pedagogical approaches alongside EdTech to support distance doctoral candidates in the dissertation process within a hybrid/online program? Participants will discuss the use of EdTech tools and pedagogical practices to support students at this critical juncture in their programs. 



Karen began her career in education in 1983 in Oregon Public Schools. She served children and families in that setting for 17 years. She stepped into higher education in 2000. Her work in higher education includes chairing undergraduate teacher education, serving a university as Dean of Instruction and currently chairing the Doctor of Educational Leadership program at George Fox University.

Extended Abstract

Conversation topic: Creative and supportive pedagogical practices along with EdTech that encourage and enhance student success and persistence in the dissertation process for a hybrid doctoral program.

Few key points to lead the discussion:

  • There is a need to retain doctoral candidates in online programs at the critical dissertation phase.
  • Completion rate…
  • Pedagogical tools presently in place: 1:1 chair meetings, precis-proposal-defense feedback model, collaborative committee model, MasterMind groups for groups, Dissertation Days, responsive/detailed feedback loops
  • EdTech tools presently in place: Zoom, Microsoft Word (track changes/comments), GoogleDrive for collaboration, Padlet, GoogleSites as resource/repository, SpeakPipe, Digital Commons, Camtasia

Engaging questions:

  • What needs/challenges do doctoral students in other programs face, at the dissertation stage?
  • What strategies do people use to ensure that ET enhances, rather than frustrates, the learner/learning process?
  • Programmatically, how do you bring faculty together to discuss use of common tools and resources to support dissertation students? 
  • What ET tools are we missing?  What do others use?
  •  How do we know when to let an ET tool go?