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Bloom’s Taxonomy & Writing

June 20th, 2020|

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 [...]

Achieving a Scholarly Voice

June 2nd, 2020|

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 [...]

In Times of Social Distancing: Freewrite!

June 1st, 2020|

Freewriting is creating an intentional space for unstructured. This writing is uncensored and has no other purpose than to allow creative, free associative thinking.  It’s important that it’s done on paper, to allow the mind-body connection as well as to insure that built-in censors of our computer programs don’t interfere. [...]

The Art of Effective Presentations

June 1st, 2020|

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 [...]

WEX Tips: The Literature Review

June 1st, 2020|

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 [...]

Creating a Personalized Video Multimedia Abstract

May 26th, 2020|

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 [...]

Writing the Chapters: You have the Power!

May 20th, 2020|

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 [...]

Organizing the Dissertation

May 20th, 2020|

Dissertation Overview All dissertations must include the following elements and pages:   Title page (aka cover page) Signature page (aka committee page but without signatures) Copyright page (strongly recommended to protect your scholarship) Abstract (We’ll emphasize spending quality time refining the abstract as it’s widely read) Dedication page (optional) Acknowledgments [...]

Including Media in Your Scholarly Work

May 7th, 2020|

The contemporary reader has grown to appreciate, if not expect, visuals included in a piece of writing. Media in your dissertation or thesis can improve readability, and it’s become more common to see these additions even in heavy scholarly work. As long as your chair approves and the visual is [...]

Quick APA Table and Appendices Formatting Tips

May 5th, 2020|

This reference is for tables and appendices only. Be sure to consult your department/program handbook to view the dissertation formatting requirements. Figures (e.g., photos or graphics) may have different formatting requirements. For formatting photos and videos, consult the WEX resource “Best Practices for Media.”   General Considerations for Tables There [...]

Quick Dissertation Formatting Reference

May 5th, 2020|

Congratulations! You’re ready to write your dissertation. One way to mitigate the “intimidation factor” of this manuscript is to begin with small steps. This resource encourages you to become familiar with the auto-formatting functions in Word and to prepare the document ahead of time. Doing so can be a productive [...]

Dissertation Survival Tips

April 16th, 2020|

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.   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 [...]

Wellness Writing Tips

April 1st, 2020|

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

Working from Home Tips from the WEX Experts

March 31st, 2020|

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 [...]

DOIs & URLs in References

January 27th, 2020|

DOIs & URLs in the Reference Section Answer:  Periodically, we field questions about how to properly format  online resources within the References section of a dissertation. Since online researching has become more of a standard practice, guidelines have been adapted. The DOI is a "Digital Object Identifier" that ensures a [...]

What is my ORCID Number? 

January 26th, 2020|

ORCID Scholar Number: AU students are required to include their ORCID [1] number on the title page of their dissertations/theses. Doing so, will ensure that the dissertation and your identity are protected and acknowledged. Similar to periodicals having individual DOIs, the ORCID number becomes a researcher’s digital identification. The ORCID [...]

On Writing Dissertations

November 5th, 2019|

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 [...]

Basics for Writing Literature Reviews

September 9th, 2019|

What is a Literature Review? The Literature Review overviews, analyzes, and sometimes critiques relevant previous research. It lays the groundwork for the original research presented in a thesis/dissertation by demonstrating that the research fills a “gap” in the literature and/or contributes something new or has implications for specific areas of [...]

Tips for Dissertation Introductions

September 9th, 2019|

The introduction informs your audience about the importance of your topic, the research question(s) you plan to investigate, and your hypothesis or core claim (thesis statement).  It also outlines the structure of the rest of the dissertation, through a chapter overview.   Write Literature Reviews First (Before the Introduction) You [...]

AU Dissertation Front Page Templates

August 2nd, 2019|

Antioch Dissertation Writers may find it difficult and frustrating to correct the format of a dissertation according to AU guidelines, especially if the document is already written. WEX is here to help! Below you'll find a downloadable template file for the AU Front Pages, allowing you to just fill in [...]

Get Cozy With A Book

March 28th, 2019|

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 [...]

Specific Guidelines for Enhanced Readability

March 21st, 2019|

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 [...]

WEX Editors on Common Errors Seen in Dissertations

March 15th, 2019|

WEX Editors on Common Errors Seen in Dissertations We’ve asked the WEX editors about the common APA errors they’re seeing in dissertations and have created this list in the hopes writers might have an advantage in self-editing their dissertations.[1]  Here we go: Table of Contents: Inconsistent wording from the heading [...]

Writing for Your Reader

March 4th, 2019|

Academics recognize a salient difference between student writers and professional writers is how the writer regards and relates to the reader. In fact, there’s been considerable exploration about “reader-based” vs “writer-based prose.” Ever since Linda Flower ( 1981)  presented her research, the composition field has identified “writer-based prose” to [...]

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