Virtual Focus Group Learning Communities for Doctoral Students

Session Description
Doctoral education has developed further to look beyond lectures, readings, and following a sink or swim method for dissertation. The focus is now more on practical subject area knowledge, writing, research skills, and methodology. Virtual communities of practice among faculty can support and supplement the demanding doctoral curriculum with the purpose of assisting the doctoral student in providing a holistic support system. The doctoral journey has transgressed over time to being more in tune with technology around us and augment the preparation of the current and future researcher. The virtual community can provide a positive private environment that is easy to share and discuss current research questions/issues that may not be addressed elsewhere. Typically, communities of Practice are considered a forum for active problem solving, supporting each other in professional growth as well as a support system used at universities. The purpose of the presentation is to discuss the use and benefits of a virtual community of practice for doctoral faculty.
Narjis Hyder
Narjis Hyder, Walden University, St. Charles, USA
Currently, Dr. Narjis Hyder is faculty for Walden University in The Riley College School of Education and Professional Licensure. She received her Doctorate in Educational Leadership (2004) and a Masters degree in Professional Counseling from Concordia University. In addition, she received a Master’s degree in Secondary Teacher Education (2009) from National Louis University. Dr. Hyder’s published doctoral dissertation was titled “Stress among Clinical Psychology Doctoral Students.” Her methodology focus is geared towards Qualitative Research.
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