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.
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.
- 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
- Provide positive and effective criticism and respond effectively to peer review.
- Present your scholarly work in the form of a conference poster.
- 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: 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.
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
|Final Project: Draft Introduction
|Final Project: Draft Literature Review
|Final Project: Draft Application
|Final Project: Draft Conclusion
|Final Project: Final Presentation *
|Final Project: Final Revised Version *
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.