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[book cover] An Online Doctorate for Researching Professionals

Swapna Kumar and Kara Dawson

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May 2018

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Issues in Distance Education

Education: Online Learning



About the Book

The interest and demand for online terminal degrees across disciplines by professionals wishing to conduct research and fulfill doctoral degree requirements at a distance is only increasing. But what these programs look like, how they are implemented, and how they might be evaluated are the questions that challenge administrators and pedagogues alike. This book presents a model for a doctoral program that bridges theory, research, and practice and is offered completely or largely online. In their described program model, Kumar and Dawson enable researching professionals to build an online community of inquiry, engage in critical discourse within and across disciplines, learn from and with experts and peers, and generate new knowledge.

Their program design is grounded in the theoretical and research foundations of online, adult, and doctoral education, curriculum design and community-building, implementation, and evaluation. The authors, who draw on their experience of implementing a similar program at the University of Florida, not only share data collected from students and faculty members but also reflect on lessons learned working on the program in diverse educational contexts. An important guide for program leaders who wish to develop, implement, and sustain an online professional doctorate, An Online Doctorate for Researching Professionals will also be a valuable resource for higher education professionals seeking to include e-learning components in existing on-campus doctoral programs.


About the Authors

Swapna Kumar is clinical associate professor at the School of Teaching and Learning, University of Florida. She directs the online doctorate in educational technology that forms the basis of this book.

Kara Dawson is professor of educational technology in the School of Teaching and Learning at the University of Florida and holds the Irvin and Rose Fien Professorship in the College of Education. She researches how technology can meet the needs of everyone.



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PART I  Theoretical Foundations and Design

Download1. The Case for an Online Professional Doctorate

Download2. Designing the Curriculum

PART II  Implementation

Download3. Building an Online Community of Researching Professionals

Download4. Fostering Scholarly Thinking Online

Download5. Dissertations in the Online Environment

Download6. Online Mentoring

PART III  Ensuring and Evaluating Quality

เกมส์ยิงปลาออนไลน์Download7. Maintaining the Quality of an Online Professional Doctorate

Download8. Identifying Impact

DownloadFurther Considerations



“A scholarly exposition of an innovative doctoral program. This book and the method it describes serves as a fine example of the type of study and reflection that should accompany all new educational innovations.”

—Terry Anderson, author of Online Distance Education: Towards a Research Agenda