Author Archives: Mark Larson


Frustration with Milestone Deadlines

March 25, 2010

The dissertation research process at Capella is based on a set of 16 milestones which measure learner progress. Unlike in coursework where there are weekly assignments, learner’s progress in dissertation is measured by milestone completion. Milestones have set timelines that … Continue reading

Just Do It!

February 22, 2010

Throughout my career in consulting and teaching, I have included the subject of procrastination in my various course outlines, syllabi and workshop agendas. Having taught writing, speech and group communication, as well as job search workshops, the topic was always … Continue reading

Dissertation Committee Nomination Made Easy (Well…Easier)

January 25, 2010

Often, a learner will express frustration with the committee nomination process, which can be daunting for a number of reasons, not the least of which is persistence when one receives rejection after rejection. One day, it dawned on me that … Continue reading

Giving Thanks

November 23, 2009

As our national holiday of Thanksgiving draws near, I decided to forgo a blog dedicated to the intricacies of comprehensive exam and dissertation. It felt like a good time to pause to reflect on Capella and distance education in the … Continue reading

Learning to Handle Conflicting Feedback

October 26, 2009

Collaborative research, like many other types of collaborations, can produce differing approaches to solving problems. Some learners labor under the misconception that topic definition, research question development, methodology selection and other aspects of the study should fall automatically into place. … Continue reading