Scholarly Writing in IDT

Welcome! to the Scholarly Writing in IDT (IDT 8500) course webpage.  This one page virtual classroom site provides you with all the resources you will need to successfully complete this course.

Course Description

IDT 8500 (3) – Students will critique academic research findings and synthesize research findings into an original, coherent and structured document. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credit hours. PREREQUISITES: EDPR 7521 or equivalent. More specifically, this course provides you with intensive instruction in academic writing for the instructional design and technology field. Styles in word processing, rhetoric principles, stylistic guidelines, and strategies for academic inquiry and argument are examined. Instruction and practice in critical analysis and synthesis of literature for academic writing are explored. This course lays the foundation for further writing projects in the academic and IDT career, including but not limited to your dissertation and the wiring of IDT reports.

This is a completely online course that spans 7 weeks. Each week begins on Sunday morning at 12:00 a.m. (CST) and ends on Saturday night at 11:59 p.m. (CST). Most assignments are due on Saturday night at 11:59 p.m. (CST), unless otherwise noted in the syllabus. The course information and instructional materials is contained on this site (a WordPress site). eCourseware and Google drive will be used for submission of course assignments. Google+ will be used for course communication.

By the end of the course, you will have written a review of literature and submitted it for publication or presentation. All assignments and learning activities in this course are aimed at helping you build the knowledge, skills, and resources necessary to produce and disseminate this piece of scholarship- the literature review.

Instructor Welcome

Begin by visiting the Instructor Welcome  to learn more about your instructor and the expectations for the course. Visit the Contact Me page for instructor contact information.

Get Started

Visit Get Started  to learn more about the steps to begin. Be sure to complete all the steps in order.

Course Resources & Pages
  • Syllabus (.doc) – a guide to this course
  • Assignment Appendix  (.doc) – outlines all of the course assignment information. **While many of us are “techies” and society is promoting paperless offices, I find that printing significant resources, such as a course syllabus and the assignment appendix, helps to keep the material in front of us, literally. I encourage you to print these two documents, which can both be downloaded via the links as Word .docs.
  • Course templates– template for course assignments
    • Course Matrix – a  table that provides you with links to all the information needed to complete a weekly module, including an overview, “to do” list, read & study activities list, and assignment list for each module.
    • Google+ Community Site -a private Google+ Community where all course discussions occur and regular announcements are posted. Visit the private, course Google+ community regularly.
    • eCourseware– the university’s courseware site. Used for assignment submissions and grades.