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EDUC 5281: Capstone Seminar

NOTE: To register for this course, please email or call 250-377-6067.

This capstone course will provide students with the opportunity to write a major synthesis paper on their learning in the M.Ed. While the precise topic of the paper will be determined by the student in consultation with his/her supervisor, the student will benefit from interaction with peers in this course. Topics covered will include models and examples of synthesis papers, peer review, and presentations. This course will be delivered on-line.

Learning outcomes

  • Reflect upon the development of your interest in your topic of choice through the M.Ed. program.
  • Develop an effective argument for a scholarly paper.
  • Situate your argument within the scholarly conversation on your topic.
  • Critically analyze and evaluate evidence relevant to your argument from the literature and from your learning in the M.Ed. program.
  • Synthesize this evidence into a cohesive, comprehensive scholarly investigation that demonstrates argument supported by evidence.
  • Apply this argument to create an application in a practical setting.
  • Prepare your scholarly paper according to requirements for academic publication/dissemination.
  • Provide positive and effective criticism and respond effectively to peer review.
  • Present your scholarly work in the form of a conference poster.

Course topics

  • Module 1: Setting the Stage for Writing
  • Module 2: Writing your Abstract
  • Module 3: Advancing your Argument
  • Module 4: Building your Outline
  • Module 5: The Introduction Chapter
  • Module 6: The Literature Review Chapter
  • Module 7: The Application Chapter
  • Module 8: The Conclusion Chapter
  • Module 9: Using Feedback on your Drafts
  • Module 10: Final Touches
  • Module 11: Preparing Final Presentations
  • Module 12: Wrapping Up

Required text and materials

Online MEd students are responsible for sourcing and/or ordering their own books. Please see the list of required textbooks here:

Students may be able to order the text through the TRU Bookstore at

If students have any questions about obtaining the correct textbook, please contact


To successfully complete this course, students must achieve a passing grade of 70% or higher on the overall course, and 50% or higher on the final mandatory project.

Assignment 1 5%
Assignment 2 5%
Assignment 3 5%
Final Project: Draft Introduction 5%
Final Project: Draft Literature Review 10%
Final Project: Draft Application 5%
Final Project: Draft Conclusion 5%
Online Discussions 15%
Final Project: Final Presentation (mandatory) 15%
Final Project: Final Revised Version (mandatory) 30%
Total 100%

Open Learning Faculty Member Information

An Open Learning Faculty Member is available to assist students. Students will receive the necessary contact information at the start of the course.

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