by Lian Partlow | August 24, 2010
Colloquia – what are they and how do you pronounce the word? Learners laugh with me often about the funny ways we try to pronounce the word “colloquia.” More serious are the talks I have with learners about their plans to attend colloquia in the first half of their program. Too often I hear learners lament that they are almost done with their courses, anticipating moving into their comprehensive exam, and yet they have not attended their required colloquia. These can be painful conversations for learners on multiple levels. First, they have missed opportunities to gain program and transformational insights from attending colloquia at recommended times. Second, they are often left scrambling to take time off from work and fund several trips to colloquia all in one quarter. Third, they hit a roadblock to moving forward in their programs because they cannot move into comps until they have completed all colloquia.
I urge you to attend colloquia in the recommended timeframe. Don’t miss out on networking early with fellow learners and faculty, putting faces with the names, and connecting with the Capella community. You stay on track in your program, benefiting from discussions and resources relevant to specific milestones along the way. Learners who attend Track 1 a year into their program tell me that they wish they had gone sooner.
- Track 1 introduces effective doctoral level library search strategies, reading critically, a writing assessment, and the role of the Institutional Review Board (IRB).
- Track 2 explores research strategies and provides hands-on experience developing a researchable question.
- Track 3 focuses on preparation for the comprehensive exam and dissertation stage of your program.
Follow this link to review colloquia track attendance guidelines:
Don’t wait to connect the dots in your program. Timely colloquia attendance engages you with doctoral competencies and keeps you on track to the comprehensive exam.
Are you on track to attend your next colloquium? How do you pronounce it? Every now and then I still stumble over the word. “Collikalique?” Let’s say it together – colloquium (kə-lō-kwē-əm). Oh, we know what we mean.