Where Should I Begin? A Little Research…

17 Sep

The first step in figuring out my Open Ph.D. program seems like it needs to be figuring out how many courses (can’t say credits, now can I?) to take, and what topics they should cover.  I did a quick check at some of the more well-known, accredited online universities offering Ph.D.’s in Educational Technology and here’s what I found:

  1. Walden – 87 Semester credits (130 quarter credits) – residency requirement
  2. Capella – 80 Semester credits (120 quarter credits)- residency requirement
  3. Northcentral University – 51 Semester credits (76.5 quarter credits)- no residency requirement
  4. University of Phoenix – 59 Semester credits(89 quarter credits) – residency requirement

Most of the courses averaged 3 semester credits/5 quarter credits, with the occasional seminar offered as a 1 or 2 credit course.  Doing a little basic math, I work that out to mean I should find 20 open courses of the 3 semester credit variety (60 credits) , 4 courses worth 2 semester credits (8 credits), and 2 courses worth 1 semester credit each (2 credits).  That will equal 70 semester credits which is roughly the average between the four schools listed above.

So far, so good.

The next step is to look at the individual classes within all these programs . What courses do they have in common? And will I be able to find them in the world of open courseware?  The first question I will worry about now – the second I will worry about as this project progresses.

I created a chart that includes all of the classes in the PhD programs listed above for the Educational Technology specialization.  You can find that chart page here or by clicking the words Course Chart in the upper right hand corner of this blog.

I need a couple of days to digest it all – and then I should be able to start formulating my program and looking for courses throughout the open education “edusphere”.

As always, comments and suggestions are welcome.


Posted by on September 17, 2009 in The Plan


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3 responses to “Where Should I Begin? A Little Research…

  1. Jim W

    September 19, 2009 at 3:35 pm

    Safe journey! Many veteran teachers have thought of getting a PHD, but life some how gets in the way. We will all be watching and some will follow. I have 2 masters and I am 63, the pay difference of a PHD would not be worth the cost. I am more interested in the intellectual challenge, and I can find that for free also.

  2. Betsy

    September 18, 2009 at 5:53 pm

    Wow, this is an wonderful and insane plan! I really admire you for doing this. I will come along for the ride with you – and maybe join you for some of the courses.

  3. kaylehmann

    September 18, 2009 at 4:39 pm

    Note from advisor Dr. Kay – Look for courses with lots of theory! Not only is it ‘fun’ reading, theory is the basis of everything you do in a doctoral program…even though none of it really applies in the real world, because you have now entered the ‘unreal’ world of doctoral level coursework! OH and look for Educational Leadership too, oxymoron though it is, every program seems to have an Ed Leadership class. Some of us even graduate with a degree in Ed Leadership 😉


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