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3/8/2017What are we preparing our students for? An argument for alt-format dissertations
Most scholars agree that the main purposes of the dissertation are to train students in proper research methodology and to contribute original findings to research. However, some worry that the traditional dissertation format is not conducive to either of these goals. Research has shown that dissertations rarely get disseminated into academic journals, and academics rarely cite dissertations that have not been published as articles. Additionally, some scholars argue that the traditional dissertation format is a poor training tool because it does not prepare scholars for future professional pursuits. Many departments, including mine, now offer alternative-format dissertations, including the option of defending a series of articles. In this webinar, Dr. West will share some of the research about alternative-format dissertations and our experience at BYU. He will discuss what lessons we have learned, and engage you in a discussion about the strengths and weaknesses of the alternative-format dissertation and how it might be used to improve scholarship in our field.
  Presenter(s): Dr. Richard E. West, Associate Professor at Brigham Young University
Bio(s): Dr. West researches open badges/microcredentials, the design of learning environments that teach group creativity, and social/collaborative aspects of online learning. He is the developer of Badgeschool.org. He tweets @richardewest and his research is available at http://richardewest.com.
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