EDUC 5281

Capstone Seminar

3.0 Credits

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

Description

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.

Delivery Methods

Online, Paced.

Prerequisites

As this is the culminating course in the capstone course exit option for the M.Ed., all other courses in the M.Ed. must be completed.

Objectives

After successfully completing this course, students will be able to:

  • 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 Outline

  • 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

Course Duration

16 weeks.

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: https://www.tru.ca/distance/courses/MEd_Textbook_List.pdf

You may be able to order the text through the TRU Bookstore at http://thebookstore.tru.ca. Please note, if you choose to source your own textbooks, publishers may offer several package options that include additional resource material not required in your course. You may choose to purchase any package as long as it includes the correct author, title and edition listed for your course.

If you have any questions about obtaining the correct textbook, please contact OLMaterials@tru.ca. They will be happy to assist you.

Open Learning Faculty Member

An Open Learning Faculty Member is available to assist students. Primary communication is through the "Mail" tool in the Learning Environment or by phone. Students will receive the necessary contact information when starting the course.

Assessments

In order to successfully complete this course, students must obtain at least 50% on the final project and 70% overall. The following chart shows how the final grade is determined for this course.

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 Revised Version* 30%
Final Project: Final Presentation * 15%
Total 100%

*Mandatory