Amanda Visconti (MITH) has written a post about how to “chart progress and record effort through the non-traditional dissertation.” She notes,
Having a unique format scrubs a lot of the traditional methods for evaluating these factors: maybe there’s no “chapter” to turn in, or you’ve undertaken a critical building project in a programming language your committee can’t read (and even if your committee could read through the entire body of code you author, you wouldn’t want them to need to—just as with a monograph project, you want to be respectful of mentors’ time by asking for feedback at specific milestones and with some kind of concise artifact to assess).
Visconti suggests leveraging tools like GitHub to evaluate writing and code tracking, Basecamp to chart project progress, and Google Apps to manage communication and accountability between student and advisor.
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