Enables students to gain a deeper understanding about key elements of research relevant to pursuing an action-oriented thesis. Students seek out a variety of literature to identify, describe, explore, and analyze different approaches to research, and specifically, action-oriented research, through self-direction. Using critical thinking, students explore personal preferences for specific action-oriented approaches and how this might be applied to an engaged action-oriented thesis in LEAD690. Includes working online with a team of self-directed learners and a faculty advisor to share knowledge, and provide and receive peer support and feedback. Prerequisites: LEAD 526/527/528 or equivalent.