Creative and Innovative Solutions to Accommodate the Growth of a Professional Practice Doctoral Program

Keywords: creative thinking, innovation, action research, online activities, developmental learning

Abstract

This essay describes one institution’s struggle to grow its EdD program by adding an equivalent online version of a successful face-to-face program. One of the challenges faced was that of creating a comparable experience for online students to share their ongoing action research, an activity that had long been part of the face-to-face version of the program. An innovative, all-day, virtual doctoral research conference was developed and implemented. We describe our creative rethinking of the original event, towards a new, successful, and fully-online redesigned event. Although the event continues to be refined, the inaugural event proved to be a successful solution to the challenge of transferring all components of a face-to-face program over to its online equivalent. Feedback from students who participated in the conference is shared, and recommendations for other EdD programs is offered.

Author Biography

Craig A. Mertler, Arizona State University

Associate Professor

Educational Leadership & Innovation

Published
2018-03-15
How to Cite
Mertler, C. A., & Henriksen, D. (2018). Creative and Innovative Solutions to Accommodate the Growth of a Professional Practice Doctoral Program. Impacting Education: Journal on Transforming Professional Practice, 3(1). https://doi.org/10.5195/ie.2018.55
Section
Essays