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Welcome to Doctoral Studies Orientation

DSO Requirement

The Doctoral Studies Orientation, DSO 8000, is the first requirement for all new students entering the doctoral program.

The purpose of the DSO is to provide an overview of topics critical to ensuring your success in the Ed.D. Program. Topics include:

  • Course Schedule of Assignments
  • Grading Policy
  • Student Resources
  • University Policies
  • Course Technology, Support, and Accessibility
  • Welcome from the Dean
  • Avoiding Plagiarism
  • Helpful Web Links
  • Classmate Introductions

This non-credit course is a mandatory requirement for all doctoral students admitted to Nova Southeastern University’s Abraham S. Fischler College of Education. Students must register for and complete the online orientation in the first term along with the first credit-bearing course.

Registration Procedures

Registration & Term Schedule

Delivery Method

The DSO is presented in a fully on-line format via Canvas. If you require instructions for accessing Canvas, a tutorial is available via SharkLink. The course will first be available in Canvas as of the start date of the term for which you register for the DSO, or within 24 hours of the processing of the registration any time after the term start date.

Getting Started in Canvas

To begin DSO in the Canvas platform, click on the DSO 8000 course listed in “Course List”. Next, click on the link on the left side entitled “Getting Started” to see the course topics. Review each of the course topics to gain valuable information that will help you succeed in your doctoral program.
 
In order to successfully complete and pass the DSO 8000 course, you must complete the following assignments:  
 
  1. Post a brief biography (background information, academic major, short term goals, long term goals, etc.). Participation in this required assignment will provide your colleagues with an opportunity to become acquainted with each other and possibly identify some common interests. 
  2. Attendance and participation in the General Orientation session delivered via GoToTraining. Students who are unable to attend the synchronous session are required to provide a summary of the session recording and power point presentation found in the Modules section. The summary is to be emailed to the session presenter.
  3. Attendance and participation in a Departmental Orientation session delivered via GoToTraining. You will be notified of the date and time of the session by your respective department chair. Students who are unable to attend the synchronous session are required to provide a summary of the session recording and power point presentation found in the Modules section. The summary is to be emailed to the session presenter.
  4. Participation and completion of the Final Quiz. You must earn a score of 75% to pass the Final Quiz.
After all of the required assignments have been completed, your DSO 8000 instructor will enter a "P" (Pass) in Webstar by the end of the semester.

Best wishes as you embark on this exciting doctoral studies orientation! Your orientation is your first step into a much larger world of doctoral studies and scholarship.

Contact Us

Technical Difficulty: If you have any technical difficulty navigating through the orientation, please contact the NSU help desk: 954-678-4357 or email: help@nova.edu.

Doctoral Program Information: Counselors are available. You may reach a Doctoral Enrollment Counselor by calling 1-800-986-3223, extension 21558.

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