School of Education Building          R695 & R795, Spring 2014


Research Seminar in IST and Dissertation Proposal Preparation

Overview of R695 and R795

R695 is a research seminar that IST Ph.D. students must take a minimum of 4 times during their doctoral program. At the beginning of the 4th semester of R695, each student is required to undergo their Second Dossier Review, which serves as the written qualifying exam.

Expectations for each semester of R695 and the 3 dossier reviews are described below.

R795, Dissertation Proposal Preparation, is taken once, right after the R695 semester during which the Second Dossier Review is passed. The student is required to undergo their Third Dossier Review, which serves as the oral qualifying exam, “any time between 6 weeks before the end of R795 and the 6th week of the next semester; dossier is due a minimum of 2 weeks prior to the review.” Expectations for R795 are described below.

The goals of R695 are four-fold:

  1. Research Group Participation: Students work with one or more research groups, mentored by IST faculty, in which they should gain knowledge, skills and experience in conducting research. Meeting times with research groups are arranged with their faculty mentors and research group members. See research group descriptions (but also talk to the faculty and students who are currently in these groups).

  2. Research-Sharing Colloqiua: Faculty and students meet as a whole to share their research activities in a weekly colloquium that is held on Fridays from 2:30 - 4:00 p.m. Normally, this will occur on 7 or 8 Fridays during the semester. Check the schedule for details.

    All R695 students and IST faculty are expected to attend these research-sharing colloquia. Normally, a doctoral student research proposal or report is made available at the beginning of the week for everyone to read in advance. Then the time during the colloquium can be spent largely in discussing this research. The specifics for the research-sharing colloqiua can be found on our formats page.

  3. First-timer Orientations: Normally, there will be six sessions on Fridays from 2:30 to 4:00 p.m. that are specifically for students who are taking R695 for the first time. These six sessions are devoted to foundational issues which include developing your dossier, being a scholar, choosing an area of research, reviewing literature, etc. Check the schedule for when these sessions will be held. Other than the R695 instructor and first-timers in R695, other doctoral students and faculty are not required to attend these sessions, but are welcome to sit in.

  4. Dossier Reviews: Students who are enrolled in their fourth R695 are required to undergo an important Second Dossier Review. This is held in a special R695 session on the third Friday of each semester. This session is often longer, starting and ending at times to be announced in advance. All IST doctoral students and faculty are required to attend. See the Doctoral Dossier Handbook for details.

The goal of R795 is to:

R795 meetings will be scheduled at different times than the R695 sessions. This semester, it is schedule for Wednesdays at 10:00-11:30am. R795 will be meeting on September 4th, September 18th, October 2nd, October 16th, November 6th, November 20th, December 11th.

What students should be doing will depend on which R695 or R795 they are enrolled in:

Taking R695 for the FIRST time

Taking R695 for the SECOND time

Taking R695 for the THIRD time

Taking R695 for the FOURTH time (and beyond, if necessary)

Taking R795

For more details on what you should be doing individually and in your research groups, see R695 Expectations.

Specific Pages for:

Department of Instructional Systems Technology
School of Education
Indiana University Bloomington