Writing Your Dissertation
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Writing Your Dissertation

Tips and strategies for enjoying the process!
3.4 (4 ratings)
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Created by Leigh Hall
Last updated 1/2016
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  • 1.5 hours on-demand video
  • 2 Articles
  • 1 Supplemental Resource
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  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Explain different formats for writing a dissertation
  • Identify at least four ways they can engage with the writing process efficiently
  • Explain how to make the best use of their time during the data collection process that will serve the writing phase.
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  • You should have a general idea of what the dissertation process looks like.

This course will provide you with tips and strategies to successfully write your dissertation. Ideally, you should view this course before you have completed your dissertation proposal. A good portion of the advice provided in this course will tell you what to do during the proposal writing process and the data collection process that will make your writing go smoother.

You will learn about alternative formats for writing your dissertation and how you can use analytic memos during the data collection phase to help you finish in a timely manner. When it comes to writing your dissertation, you will learn how to make a timeline, create a plan for getting your writing done, and learn how to get feedback from others in ways that will support (and not confuse) you. Finally, you will think a bit about where to publish your work and consider some outlets for your work beyond a traditional manuscript.

Who is the target audience?
  • You will get the most out of this course if you are a doctoral student in a social science field and you have not defended a proposal yet.
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Curriculum For This Course
15 Lectures
Course Introduction
3 Lectures 03:11
A Good Proposal
3 Lectures 20:29

Before you launch into writing your dissertation, let's back up a minute and reconsider the dissertation proposal.

Preview 02:50

What are the contents of a strong proposal? What are some discussions to have with your adviser and committee in advance of writing it?

What's in a Proposal?

How are proposals organized? What are some different ways you can format them? How do you decide?

How to Structure the Proposal
What To Do When Doing Your Research
3 Lectures 17:58

Staying up on the latest research in your field is important. Make sure you take the time to read while you are collecting data, and it will pay off.

Preview 08:15

Learn what an analytic memo is and how writing them during data collection can make your dissertation writing smoother.

Make Analytic Memos Along the Way

Do Basic Analysis
Writing Your Dissertation
4 Lectures 34:41

As you begin writing your dissertation, you will need to consider the format you want it to take. While you can take a traditional approach, there are also alternative approaches that might fit your needs and support your career.

Select a Format

Making a timeline - both at a macro and micro level - can help move your towards completion.

Preview 09:54

Getting your dissertation done means making time to write. But how do you do that? How often should you write? What are some common roadblocks and how can you overcome them?

Make Time to Write

Getting feedback on your draft is essential. However, it is important to be thoughtful about who you ask and when you ask.

Get Selective Feedback
Share Your Work
2 Lectures 11:30

As you write your dissertation, it's important to think about how you want to repackage it for publications.

Thinking About Publications

How can you use social media to your advantage? Think about ways to share your work beyond traditional publications and conferences.

New Ways to Share Your Work
About the Instructor
Leigh Hall
3.5 Average rating
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854 Students
7 Courses
Associate Professor; University of North Carolina

Dr. Leigh A. Hall is an Associate Professor of Literacy Studies at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. She began publishing academic manuscripts during her second year as a doctoral student at Michigan State University. By the time she earned her Ph.D., Dr. Hall had five manuscripts published or in press. To date, she has published 26 manuscripts in top-tier academic journals including The Harvard Educational Review, Teachers College Record, and Research in the Teaching of English. Dr. Hall has extensive experience in writing, publishing, and reviewing manuscripts and in working with novices in learning how to navigate the publishing process.