Writing Your Dissertation

Tips and strategies for enjoying the process!
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  • Lectures 15
  • Length 1.5 hours
  • Skill Level Beginner Level
  • Languages English
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Published 1/2016 English

Course Description

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.

What are the requirements?

  • You should have a general idea of what the dissertation process looks like.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • 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.

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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Section 1: Course Introduction
Meet Your Instructor
How to Take This Course
Section 2: A Good Proposal

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


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


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

Section 3: What To Do When Doing Your Research

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.


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

Do Basic Analysis
Section 4: Writing Your Dissertation

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.


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


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?


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

Section 5: Share Your Work

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


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

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Instructor Biography

Leigh Hall, 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.

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