Walden student groups developed as students saw the need for connectivity, information sharing, discussion, and cooperation with other students during the capstone process. Walden recognizes both officially registered and unofficial student groups and works to support these cooperative endeavors. For more information, review the Student Affairs page on Student Organizations.
Although Form and Style Editors do not connect directly to meet with student groups or student group leaders, we do provide some suggestions for student group discussion topics and activities that group leaders may use to facilitate meetings. This page offers 10 discussion topics and activities that may help group members make progress and refine their capstone manuscripts.
Have members share how they find time to work on the capstone.
Some potential questions for the group:
Share how each member works best and discuss why. This discussion may help other members with finding time for writing.
Either choose one Walden capstone for the whole group to review or have each group member download and choose a Walden student capstone (from the Library) to review individually.
Discuss aspects and characteristics that apply to all Walden capstone documents. Here are some potential questions for the group:
Discuss strategies for writing once students have gone through an example. Note some takeaways or strategies that can be implemented in the writing process or writing plan.
Alternate having group members reading a subsection aloud to the group during a meeting.
Have an ending discussion about takeaways each member can implement.
Watch a capstone webinar or presentation from the 2019 WCWC Capstone Clinic, either in advance of a meeting or together as a group. Watching a webinar or presentation together may provide for timely commentary and discussion.
Discuss new information and ways to implement suggestions from the video.
Discuss any information that is not clear or where group members would like to follow up. Prepare a message to the editor inbox with these questions.
We suggest student groups check out the following Doctoral Capstone Form and Style resources during group writing.
Here are some additional Walden resources student groups may want to make use of during group discussions.