Bloom’s Taxonomy & Writing

2020-06-21T01:51:08+00:00Tags: |

Led by Benjamin Bloom (1956), educational psychologists at the University of Chicago created this taxonomy for categorizing learning commonly occurring in educational settings. Their work was greatly influential in distinguishing three domains of intelligence (cognitive, affective and psychomotor), which has encouraged other research in the area of intelligence (namely, Howard Gardner).

The […]

Achieving a Scholarly Voice

2020-06-04T21:56:21+00:00Tags: |

Completing assignments and writing papers requires much of a writer as writing is more than just filing in blanks of information. Writing, real writing, in which we wrestle with ideas and come to conclusions is hard work. Writing requires critical engagement with material, deep understanding to be able to summarize others’ work, and original articulation […]

The Art of Effective Presentations

2020-06-04T21:57:30+00:00Tags: , , |

A final presentation has become a regular feature of most academic programs as it offers another modality for a student to present their learning. A “public talk” is a great way to stimulate awareness about a topic as well as receive validation of the researching effort. This is a fundamental reason that the oral presentation […]

WEX Tips: The Literature Review

2020-06-04T21:49:32+00:00Tags: |

It’s advisable for students to regard an evolution of the literature review to gradually becoming more involved and complex as they progress through graduate programs. When it comes to a project, dissertation or thesis proposal, the literature review transforms into a more expansive and comprehensive review of the research related to a topic and field. […]

Creating a Personalized Video Multimedia Abstract

2020-06-04T22:28:21+00:00Tags: |

Author Video on Electronic Theses & Dissertations

 

For the past few years, many programs have required graduates to upload a photo with their dissertation. Most times, these photos are taken at the final presentation or oral defense. Having a picture of the new doctorate with their committee helps readers connect with the person who […]

Writing the Chapters: You have the Power!

2020-06-04T22:06:03+00:00Tags: , |

You’ve already written a proposal, so you probably have an idea that each chapter has a distinct purpose. However, don’t be fooled into thinking the literature review of the proposal becomes the Chapter II of the dissertation. Just consider how much has changed within the study and your understanding of the field during the expanse […]

Dissertation Survival Tips

2020-06-04T22:29:50+00:00Tags: , |

  1. Suffering from writer’s block? Take a break! Try taking a shower or a short walk, then come back to your writing with fresh eyes.

 

  1. Avoid burnout! While working on your dissertation, remember to give yourself a break every once in a while: read something for fun that’s outside of your field or watch […]

Working from Home Tips from the WEX Experts

2020-04-29T19:23:36+00:00

The Covid-19 crisis has forced many into new experiences of “working” or “studying” from home. At WEX, all of us have had long-term employment working remotely in digital spaces. As any new work environment can have its challenges, we thought we’d collectively share a few ideas with you. Hope these tips help you and others […]

On Writing Dissertations

2020-06-04T22:18:40+00:00Tags: , |

From the Director’s Desk:

Writing a dissertation is a daunting enterprise: it’s the most in-depth researching and writing enterprise of your academic program.  Its chapters & their purposes can be unfamiliar and the pressure to “validate” can be enormous. It can also intimidate just by its “book-sized” length. Each of […]

Get Cozy With A Book

2019-11-12T13:55:05+00:00

While deep in the dissertation process, it can be very helpful to have  “friendly” books nearby that help ignite awareness of “writer within.” While some dissertation writers feel they need to quarantine themselves from any other lived experience, the reality is that reading for pleasure can profoundly mitigate the oppressive rigor by offering a respite […]

Specific Guidelines for Enhanced Readability

2020-05-19T17:13:19+00:00
  • State your purpose explicitly. Make your issue very clear.
  • Make the topic of each section and paragraph visually prominent.
    • Use headings and subheadings appropriately and correctly
    • Place topic sentences in the beginning of paragraphs
  • Maintain the topic in the reader’s mind by referring to it frequently
    • Readers (especially with lengthy, dense material) prefer an […]