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DISSERTATION, SUPPORT, AND WORK LOAD: 3 WAYS TO PREPARE FOR A DOCTORAL PROGRAM

Posted by Joseph Chan on Jan 23, 2018 6:37:03 PM

IMG_3393.jpgMost people who are considering a doctoral program have a long list of questions they want answered, such as the quality of faculty and the relevancy and difficulty level of the curriculum. Questions like these have clear answers that are readily available on a school’s website or through conversations with a program’s director.     

On the other hand, answers to other questions – which often are equally important – can be a bit harder to obtain. Here are three more things aspiring doctoral students should be sure to look into.

Adapting the dissertation topic
What schools do not often tell students is that dissertation topics will change - a lot. When analyzing the novelty of a study, one must keep adjusting variables and measurements to best align the study with its objective and theoretical frameworks. This is a time-consuming process and the dissertation topic one initially intends on doing will likely be changed several times to meet the needs of the dissertation requirements.

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Topics: PhD Degrees, Online Learning, Study Tips, Doctoral Program Tips, New Students, dissertation

3 THINGS TO CONSIDER BEFORE BEGINNING A DOCTORAL PROGRAM

Posted by Joseph Chan on Oct 4, 2017 3:08:42 PM

Starting a doctoral program is not a decision to be taken lightly. One must consider his or her career goals, personal interests, time, and finances prior to committing to this kind of program. However, the learning and development opportunities of these programs are both strenuous and rewarding - providing both a sense of achievement and the opportunity to contribute new learnings and practices to a given field.

Here are three things to consider before beginning a doctoral program:

1. Always be realistic about the workload
It would be tempting to get into a doctoral program and fantasize about walking across the stage and finally being able to be called a doctor, but there’s a lot to consider before getting to that point. It is essential to be well-prepared and understand the high expectations for students. For working professionals who also wish to fit a doctoral program into their schedules, it may be best to discuss your goals and expectations with the director of your desired program. At the doctoral level, a full-time schedule is one course.

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Topics: Online Learning, Doctoral Program Tips, Doctoral Degrees

TAPPING INTO A STUDENT'S DESIRE TO LEARN: AN INTERVIEW WITH DR. SHARI FARRIS

Posted by Daniel Sloan on Aug 22, 2017 1:22:30 PM

It’s been said that if you love your job, you’ll never work a day in your life.

Dr. Shari Farris, Department Chair in Trident’s College of Education, loves the work she does on a daily basis. She chose a career in education due to her passion for learning, and it’s this passion that drives her when working with Trident’s student community.

During her six years as an online instructor, Dr. Farris has seen communication and relationships as being key drivers of her success. “Students need to know that you as a facilitator are present when they need you,” she stressed.

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Topics: College of Education, Faculty, Online Learning, Master's Degrees

HOW SOON CAN I GRADUATE?

Posted by Joseph Chan on Aug 11, 2017 6:52:17 PM

It’s time to hit the books! School is back in session and you want to finish your degree. Whether you’re going straight into a new program right after graduation, or you’re a working professional returning to school after several years, graduation will be your reward for all of your hard work.

How soon you finish will depend on your goals and ability to manage your time.

Those who want to finish their degree quicker

Generally, bachelor’s and master’s level classes at Trident are offered in 8-week session formats. Some students also enroll in over-lapping sessions.

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Topics: Online Learning, Study Tips, Student Success, New Students

3 MUST HAVE PRODUCTIVITY APPS FOR STUDENTS

Posted by Joseph Chan on May 22, 2017 7:50:22 PM

According to a 2013 report conducted by Pearson, more than 70% of college students own a smartphone that’s used daily for schoolwork. If you’re a student who depends on a smartphone for taking notes, managing schedules, and staying organized,  don’t get overwhelmed by all of the apps to choose from.  

As a busy adult student who also works full-time, these are three of the apps that have helped me to stay organized:  

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Topics: Online Learning, Study Tips, Student Success

TOP 5 REASONS TO CONTINUE YOUR EDUCATION DURING THE HOLIDAYS

Posted by Jennifer Tejada on Nov 21, 2016 7:28:02 PM

The 2016 holiday season is upon us already, and we all know how busy this time of year can be! Many people adjust their schedules and temporarily eliminate some activities in order to make time for the demands of this hectic season!

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Topics: Online Learning, Study Tips, Military Education, Student Success

ONLINE LEARNING IN THE EARLY DAYS AT TRIDENT

Posted by Trident University on Oct 7, 2016 12:00:00 PM

This article, authored by former Trident professor Dr. Steven J. Gold, originally appeared in the TUI Network in 2012.

Joining Trident University in 1999, about one month before we opened our doors for business, was like stepping into the wild west of technology and teaching. We had a plan, we had a detailed model to help guide the University, and it all conceptually was perfect. But actually making it happen, three, and soon five, faculty members (with maybe 9 students at first) getting our hands dirty and trying to figure out what would really work technologically, pedagogically, so this vision of quality education could be realized at Trident, well, they were days that will never come again.

The sense of play in a startup organization is unnerving but fabulously exciting. And as our Director of Instructional Services I made sure we played hard until we came up with a routine that really worked for the Trident students. Technology was always the main challenge. We were always about solving problems with ideas, not wasting money on shiny metal objects; the pedagogy always drove the choice of technologies.

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Topics: PhD Degrees, Faculty, Online Learning, Military Education, Veteran Education

HOW TO BEST APPROACH QUALITATIVE RESEARCH

Posted by Daniel Sloan on May 17, 2016 6:33:18 PM

Research methods can be classified in two different categories – quantitative and qualitative. We looked at the former method in the past, so it’s time to shine some light on the qualitative method and how it fits into your dissertation or scholarly research that you’re performing.

While quantitative research requires the collection of numerical data, qualitative research attempts to understand a specific organization or event and does not involve the collection of a numerical sample from a population.

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Topics: PhD Degrees, Scholarly Research, Online Learning, Doctoral Program Tips, College of Health and Human Services, Doctoral Degrees

MYTLC: WHAT HAS CHANGED AND HOW IT BENEFITS STUDENTS

Posted by Daniel Sloan on Feb 23, 2016 4:00:00 AM

The launch of the Trident Learning Community (TLC) in 2014 was a huge step forward for Trident and the overall student experience! The TLC provided a student portal as an entry point for the Trident classroom.  It dramatically streamlined how our students accessed their information and received university services.

A component of the TLC, the My TLC Classroom was launched in a phased manner at the same time. This provided a dynamic learning management system capable of handling synchronous and asynchronous communication for thousands of students simultaneously.

Last month saw an introduction of even more improvements to the MyTLC Classroom experience!

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Topics: Online Learning, Study Tips, Student Services

4 DOCTORAL DISSERTATION PITFALLS & HOW TO AVOID THEM

Posted by Daniel Sloan on Dec 22, 2015 8:01:12 AM

The path to successfully completing a doctoral degree is long, filled with many challenges to overcome. While times may sometimes be tough, preparation and determination are key, especially when it comes to your approach to the dissertation.

Here are some of the most common dissertation pitfalls, along with some tips to help you avoid them:  

  1. Identify area of research interests early: The earlier you identify your area of research interests, the better prepared you will be going into your program’s dissertation phase. It’s not often that students have trouble finding an area to research, it’s quite the opposite – many students have curious minds, which leads to having a broad list of interests. Don’t try to save the world with your first research study – find a specific issue and focus on that.
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Topics: Online Learning, Webinars, Doctorate Degrees, Doctoral Program Tips