Ed Leadership Student Transcription and Editing Award

The Educational Leadership (EL) Department in the Watson College of Education is a diverse and dynamic group of educators and scholars committed to improving leadership at all levels of education. Through our teaching, scholarship, and service, we facilitate understanding, research and implementation of practices that promote social justice, global perspectives, creativity and innovation, and capacity building - practices we believe are essential to educational leadership. 

Ed Leadership Student Transcription and Editing Award:

Students cannot be reimbursed for work that has already been completed. UNCW needs to pay the vendor directly for the services you are requesting.

The Educational Leadership Student Transcription and Editing Award is designed to reward excellence in scholarship and increase the visibility of UNCW's graduate programs and research. The EL department will offer each year, as funds are available, an opportunity for students to request funding for transcription or editing services that directly relate to a EDL class. The faculty would like to support students in their efforts to be academic scholars in the field of educational leadership through student presentations of original, creative research or projects.

The application opens in the Fall of each year and remains open until all funds are exhausted for each academic year. The funds, once granted, must be exhausted before May 1 of each calendar year. In the event of limited funds, preference will be given to applications from students beyond their first year of graduate study who did not receive allocations in the prior year.

  • Students must be in good standing and making satisfactory progress toward completion of their degree.
  • To be eligible to receive the allocation, the student must submit proof of project, paper acceptance, or evidence prior to receiving award.
  • Full allocations do not exceed $750 per applicant.
  • Proposals should be submitted as early as possible.
  • Worked cannot be started until full approvals have been obtained (including issuance of an UNCW purchase order). A minimum two-week window is necessary to receive all approvals prior to the start of work. An estimate of the work to be done will need to be provided with your request. Once the work is completed, an invoice will need to be issued by the vendor for payment.

To apply, the student must be enrolled in one of the programs in the Educational Leadership department. In order to be considered for an award, please complete the application by clicking on the following link: https://uncw.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_8i6rAvwXroZz0NM.

You must also submit your document to Marybeth Phillips, (phillipsma@uncw.edu) Administrative Associate for Educational Leadership. You will also be asked to provide a written or video summary of your experience upon completion of your project.

Library Resources

During COVID, the library has offered this page of Remote Library Services for students/faculty/staff, https://library.uncw.edu/remote_services.

Here is some additional information:

  • Information for Distance Learners, https://library.uncw.edu/distance_learners
  • Interlibrary Loan (ILL), https://library.uncw.edu/ill
    • Request scanned articles & book chapters, and print books
    • For online/distance students, under Status, you need to select Distance Education or Distance Ed Grad. This will open up the address field, and notify library personnel to mail the item to the student, with return shipping label included.
      • Articles/Book chapters take 3-5 business days and are uploaded to the ILL portal
      • Print books take 8-10 business days, but could take longer.
      • In normal circumstances (non-COVID), students can visit other UNC system universities close to them and check out their materials for free, with proof of UNCW enrollment. See To borrow books and other materials from other UNC libraries, https://library.uncw.edu/faq/im_uncw_studentstafffaculty_can_i_use_other_unc_libraries

A page from the UNCW Online Education, Prospective Students, “Tips for Online Success”, https://uncw.edu/online/prospective_students/success.html

A blog from Northeastern University Graduate Programs, “Tips for Taking Online Classes: 8 Strategies for Success”, https://www.northeastern.edu/graduate/blog/tips-for-taking-online-classes/

Melissa Raymer, the Education Librarian, is available for questions and help. Students can email her at raymerm@uncw.edu or set up a virtual meeting request using this link, https://lib.uncw.edu/raymerm-book.

Free Software Resources

All software listed below is FREE to UNCW/Watson College of Education students. Please review the individual requirements for each one.

Office 365 
All students have access to Office 365. If you do not have Outlook (mail), Word, PowerPoint, you can download the suite for free for both Mac and PC users. Instructions for downloading the suite. The Office 365 suite includes the following: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Access, Publisher, Skype for Business, OneDrive for Business. 

VoiceThread is a collaborative, multimedia slide show that holds images, documents, and videos and allows people to navigate slides and leave comments using voice (with a mic or telephone), text, audio file, or video (via a webcam). Please review VoiceThread tutorial.

Adobe Creative Cloud 
All students have access to the Adobe Creative Cloud. The Creative Cloud includes Premiere Pro, Photoshop, Lightroom, Illustrator, InDesign, Acrobat DC, Dreamweaver, Media Encoder as well as additional apps such as After Effects and Bridge. For information on downloading the creative cloud, please click here.

NetTutor is a web-based online tutoring service. There are no fees associated with this service. Please see How to Use NetTutor for an overview of NetTutor, as well as how to use the whiteboard. 

Grammarly is a  writing tool that helps students make their messages, documents, and posts clear, mistake-free, and effective. Grammarly is only available to students in the College of Education. Your instructors will share this information with you.

Student Access to Qualitative Software

Watson College, Educational Leadership is providing access to students for qualitative software (MAXQDA and Dedoose) that you might find helpful for your research.  It is an easy and fast process to apply -- just complete the survey here to initiate your request and we will make the software available to you free of charge for the duration of your qualitative course + 1 month after the course term has ended for wrap-up.


What is it and what can I use it for?

MAXQDA is a software package for qualitative and mixed methods research and the only leading QDA software to offer identical features on both Windows and Mac.

MAXQDA can be used for any type of qualitative research – including but not limited to grounded theory, literature reviews, exploratory market research, qualitative text analyses, and mixed methods approaches.

A simple text document, an Excel table of survey results, a PDF file, image, website, audio or video recording, SPSS data file, bibliographic record, or focus group discussion – even YouTube comments and Twitter data – you can analyze it all.

MAXQDA also has built-in tools for professional transcriptions of audio and video recordings. You can also import transcripts you’ve created in a separate program and link your transcripts to the original media file. Or, code and analyze your media file as it is – even without transcribing it before.

Whether it’s for your analysis or publication, MAXQDA’s visual tools are tailor-made for qualitative research.

Visualize the progression of an interview, compare documents, or use MAXMaps to visualize connections in your data. The outputs are always linked to the underlying material – so you’ll never lose sight of the bigger picture.

Whether it’s for your analysis or publication, MAXQDA’s visual tools are tailor-made for qualitative research. Visualize the progression of an interview, compare documents, or use MAXMaps to visualize connections in your data. The outputs are always linked to the underlying material – so you’ll never lose sight of the bigger picture.

How will I get access?

After completing the survey, a USB thumb-drive with the program will be provided to you for your use.  There are 10 portable licenses available to borrow. As outlined, access will be provided to you for one month after your semester term. You will then be contacted when your leasing term is close to expiration so a return can be arranged.


What is it and what can I use it for? 

Dedoose is a modern web-based platform designed to organize and analyze social science data in efficient, collaborative, and effective ways.  These data can include text, video, audio, surveys, test scores, and demographics which can all be easily imported, worked with, and exported from the system.  Dedoose is particularly ideal for mixed methods research where the nature of the work is increasingly collaborative and crosses disciplinary boundaries. 

How will I get access?

After completing the survey, Dedoose Support will contact you to set up an individual user account to access the web-based program.  As stated, access will be provided to you for one month after your semester term.  You will then be contacted when your term is close to expiration to see if you would like your account transferred to a personal one where the fee is paid by you.