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THE MASTER’S E-PORTFOLIO

e-portfolio sampleThe Master's e-Portfolio represents the assessment used in lieu of the comprehensive examination for the Educational Technology program at The University of Texas at Brownsville and Texas Southmost College. The electronic portfolio, or e-Portfolio, reflects progress and growth over time. Each student will select, review, evaluate, and show works that reflect the achievement of six professional responsibilities addressed in the M.Ed. program.

The e-Portfolio may include as many items as necessary to demonstrate proficiency in the six professional responsibilities. These responsibilities were adapted from the NCATE standards developed by the Association for Educational Communications and Technology (AECT) to define the field of educational technology and to specify the knowledge base for the field.


e-Portfolio Timeline

18 Hours:

Each student will begin to develop an e-Portfolio within the first 18 hours of program. At the 18-hour mark, students must present their portfolios to their advisor for approval. Based upon work done, the advisor either signs off on the e-Portfolio and the student is permitted to enroll in further courses, or the student is put on a growth plan for one semester, during which the student will work on the e-Portfolio to bring it into compliance. Click on the following link to download the 18-Hour Review Form ( MS WORD) ( PDF). At the 18-Hour Review, the e-Portfolio must include, at a minimum, the following items:

  1. e-Portfolio Shell.

    The e-Portfolio will include the following pages: Home, Reflection Letter, Matrix, Courses Taken, and Contact Information.

  2. Links to Projects from all Courses Taken to Date.

    On the Courses Taken page, include hyperlinks to the project home pages for all courses taken to date. These links will allow your instructors to view completed projects from previous courses.

  3. Artifact Report.

    Select a project from one of your core courses (EDCI 6300, 6304, EDTC 6320, 6321, 6323, 6325, 6329, or 6332) and develop the Artifact Report. Provide a link to the project and the Artifact Report on the Matrix Page.

36 Hours:

Students submit e-Portfolio for final evaluation within the final 6 hours of the program. e-Portfolio  deadlines coincide with the Master's Thesis deadlines for document submission.

Educational Technology Responsibilities and Performance Indicators  

 

Responsibility #1: Leadership and Professional Development.

The candidate will demonstrate leadership and continued improvement of professional practice that requires critical inquiry, professional development, and reflective practice (e.g., membership in professional organizations, submission of a paper for publication, attendance at a local, state, regional, or national conferences). The candidate demonstrates knowledge of past, present and future trends in instructional technologies.

Performance indicators:

1.1 Attends minimum of one regional, state or national conference that directly supports professional growth in instructional technologies.

1.2 Joins a minimum of one professional organization.

1.3 Submits a 3000-word formal paper (in APA format) that describes past, present and future trends in instructional technologies and/or ISD.

Responsibility #2: Design.

The candidate will design instruction (or human performance strategies) to meet the needs of learners. Design documents and projects must show evidence of analysis of problem situation, awareness of unique characteristics of intended audience and implications for instruction, selection and implementation instructional strategies consistent with analysis of the learning situation and intended learners, selection and justification of appropriate medias, and evidence of both formative and summative evaluation strategies.

Performance indicators:

2.1 Demonstrates ability to perform analysis and documentation of instructional need or opportunity resulting in student-centered, performance based instructional objectives based upon, and appropriate for, a specific audience.

2.2 Demonstrates ability to perform comprehensive task analysis of an instructional objective.

2.3 Demonstrates ability to select and integrate into instruction a variety of research-based instructional strategies.

2.4 Demonstrates ability to develop and select appropriate assessment instruments.

2.5 Demonstrates ability to use formative evaluations for iterative assessments of components of the design process.

Responsibility #3: Development, Utilization and Management.

The candidate will develop, utilize and manage a variety of media and instructional technologies to deliver instruction to students.

Performance indicators:

3.1 Demonstrates ability to develop instruction using a minimum of three different medias.

3.2 Applies research-based rationale for the selection and utilization of technologies for learning.

3.3 Demonstrates ability to manage projects and evaluate progress and improvement.

3.4 Uses the results of evaluation methods to revise and update instructional materials.

Responsibility #4: Evaluation.

The candidate uses incisive and relevant assessment and evaluation techniques (e.g., product or project which uses formative and/or summative evaluations). Candidate demonstrates the ability to evaluate quality of instructional materials and instructional systems using appropriate methodologies. Candidate also demonstrates the ability to use formative and summative assessment methodologies to ascertain the effectiveness of instruction in meeting instructional goals.

Performance indicators:

4.1 Demonstrates ability to use formative evaluation strategies to evaluate the quality of instruction.

4.2 Demonstrates ability to use summative strategies to evaluate the quality of instruction.

4.3 Demonstrates ability to select a variety of appropriate assessment instruments and use those instruments to assess effectiveness of instruction in meeting instructional objectives.

4.4 Documents results from formative evaluations and uses those results to revise instructional materials, and/or instructional development process.

Responsibility #5: Research.

The candidate collects, evaluates, and synthesizes research from a variety of appropriate sources in order to support decision-making in design, development, implementation and evaluation of instructional systems.

Performance indicators:

5.1 Demonstrates ability to conduct comprehensive literature review and provide summation of a relevant topic in instructional technology.

5.2 Uses research in instructional technology to justify academic decisions in course work projects and professional work-related responsibilities.

5.3 Uses research to justify selections of instructional strategies.

Responsibility #6: Collaboration.

The candidate demonstrates the ability to form electronic teams in order to identify and solve problems and opportunities in the field of instructional technology. The candidate demonstrates effective team building skills in a distributed collaboration environment, and demonstrates how candidate's own students or colleagues can take advantage of electronic collaboration for distributed team building.

Performance indicators:

6.1 Demonstrates the ability to team electronically with professionals to identify instructional problems or opportunities and devise appropriate solutions.

6.2 Identifies trends in distributed instruction.

6.3 Demonstrates effective utilization of tools necessary to implement distributed instruction.


e-Portfolio Items 

 

1. Home Page.  

The home page is the first thing people see when they access the e-Portfolio. In 250 words, you will:

  • briefly introduce yourself (50 words)
  • state the purpose of the e-Portfolio (50 words)
  • describe how the e-Portfolio is organized (50 words)
  • suggest a best way to review the e-Portfolio for evaluators/readership including information of plug-ins, Web browser, and needed equipment (50 words)
  • provide contact information
  • provide date of last update

2. Reflection letter.

Write a 1500-word reflection letter, addressed to the Educational Technology faculty. Reflect on lessons learned as they relate to your professional goals, experiences in the program, next steps, and how you will use the new knowledge and skills in the future. Your reflection letter must include the following:

  • Description of your experience before the program using specific examples (200 words).
  • Description of your experience during/throughout the program using specific artifacts selected for the e-Portfolio (500 words).
  • Description of lessons learned by synthesizing those experiences aforementioned and giving advice to yourself and/or others (500 words).
  • Description of your future goal(s) and vision in relation to Educational Technology (300 words).

3. Matrix.

The matrix serves as the advance organizer for the e-Portfolio as shown in the example below. The matrix should clearly illustrate how each artifact included in the e-Portfolio meets one or more professional responsibilities through their corresponding performance indicators. The Xs, identify which performance indicators are addressed by each artifact.

 

Responsibilities Performance Indicators Project
1
EDTC 6320
Project
2
EDTC 6321
Project
3
EDTC 6323
Project
4
EDTC 6325
Project
5
Leadership
Project
6
Elective
Practicum
7
EDTC 6332
Leadership 1.1 . . . . x .
1.2 . . . . x .  .
1.3 . x . . x   . .
Design 2.1 . x x x .   . x
2.2 . x . x .   . x
2.3 . x x x .   . x
2.4 . x . x .   . .
2.5 . x x x .   . .
Development, Utilization and Management 3.1 x x x x .   . x
3.2 x x x x .   . x
3.3 x x x x .   . x
3.4 . x x x .  . x
Evaluation 4.1 . x . x .   . x
4.2 x x x . .   . x
4.3 x x x x .   . x
4.4 . x . x .   . x
Research 5.1 x . . .  .   . .
5.2 x x . .   .   . .
5.3 x x . .   .   . .
Collaboration 6.1 x . . . .   . .
6.2 x . . .   .   . .
6.3 x . . .   .   . .

 

4. Artifacts.

At a minimum, the e-Portfolio must include the following 5 products from your core courses. Students may showcase 1-2 additional products from their elective courses. Each project should reflect achievement of program standards and demonstrate continued improvement of professional practice through critical inquiry, professional development, and reflective practice. Each artifact must include an Artifact Report.

strong>EDTC 6320 – Cooperative Project. Using a research-based design rationale for instruction, students will work collaboratively to develop an online module for an assigned topic involving an emerging technology. The project includes an analysis of the audience, design of the instructional wiki, development of project, and formative assessment of the materials, a design document file, a design rationale, and an evaluation report.

EDTC 6321 – Instructional Design Project. Using the Dick and Carey instructional design model, students will design, develop, implement and evaluate of a 30-minute Instructional Unit for a specific target audience in a specific learning environment. The project is broken down into five parts:

  • IU1: Identifying learners, their environment, and an Instructional Goal.
  • IU2: Conducting a task analysis and identifying the instructional objectives.
  • IU3: Writing the performance objectives and assessments.
  • IU4: Developing the instructional strategy.
  • IU5: Conducting a formative evaluation.

EDTC 6323 – Interactive Multimedia Object. Using the Dick and Carey instructional design model, students will develop an interactive multimedia object. The project is broken down into three parts:

  • Part 1: Design Document. Plan a multimedia/hypermedia learning object for a specific instructional need
  • Part 2: Learning Object. Produce the planned leaning object using available resources
  • Part 3: Summative Evaluation. Evaluate the learning object for quality and effectiveness. Key assessment also includes a design rationale.

EDTC 6325 – E-Learning Design Project. Students will develop an E-Learning Module using an open source courseware management system. The E-Learning Module will include a module description, outline, 4 self-contained lessons, and a final assessment. The E-Learning Module project is divided into six parts:

  • Part 1: E-Learning Module Proposal
  • Part 2: Module Description and Outline
  • Part 3: Moodle Interface Design
  • Part 4: Adding Content (Overviews, Assignments, and Discussion Activities)
  • Part 5: Adding Assessments (Developing Online Quizzes)
  • Part 6: Adding Multimedia (Developing Multimedia Presentations)

EDTC 6332 -  Educational Technology Practicum.  Students will apply the knowledge and theory from previous courses toward the solution of an actual instructional/training problem in a real-world context. The practicum project consists of three parts: a proposal, an instructional package, and a synopsis of "lessons learned." Students will demonstrate the ability to: (1) solve a given human performance problem by evaluating and synthesizing learned knowledge, skills, and dispositions, (2) manage an instructional design project by using all the resources available, and (3) synthesize learned experience of developing a real life instructional solution to an identified human performance problem.

Leadership and Professional Development Paper. To demonstrate leadership and continued improvement of professional practice, students will write a paper listing their membership in professional organizations (i.e., ISTE, AECT, TCEA); participation in professional listservs (i.e., IT FORUM, DEOS-L); submission of a paper for publication; and/or attendance at a local, state, regional, or national conferences.


The Artifact Report

Each product selected for inclusion in the e-Portfolio must be accompanied by an Artifact Report. The Artifact Report is a reflective paper consisting of 3 sections:

  1. Project Description.

    Provide a 1-paragraph description of the project.

  2. Responsibilities Met.

    Identify the responsibilities and performance indicators met through development of the product (either in the artifact itself or in an accompanying report). Provide a one-paragraph justification for how each performance indicator was addressed in the project.

  3. Modifications Made.

    Describe modifications made to your project after course completion reflecting your growth in the program over time. Keep copies of original and final drafts for all projects and include hyperlinks to prior draft(s) here. If no modifications are needed, provide a brief justification.

Click on the folloiwng link to view a Sample Artifact Report.


The e-Portfolio Evaluation

The Master’s e-Portfolio is submitted and reviewed by three Educational Technology faculty during the semester in which the student intends to graduate. In addition to successfully completing all other program requirements, the student must also receive a “pass” judgment on the e-Portfolio in order to graduate. Click on the following link to download the 36-Hour Review Form ( MS WORD) ( PDF).


E-portfolio Templates

You may develop your e-Portfolio on a number of platforms, including a blog or wiki site. If you have web auhthoring experience, you may opt to develop your own custom e-portfolio web site. Despite your preferred platform, your e-portfolio must include all of the elements described in previous sestions.

 sample blog e-portfolio

The e-Portfolio Blog Framework.

Click here to view a sample e-Portfolio blog template.
Click here for directions on creating an e-Portfolio blog.
Click here to register for a free Wordpress Blog account. 

 Sample wiki e-portfolio

The e-Portfolio Wiki Framework.

Click here to view the e-Portfolio wiki template.
Click here for directions on how to use the wiki template.

 Sample web e-portfolio

The e-Portfolio HTML Template.

Click here to view the e-Portfolio template.
Click here to download the e-Portfolio template.

 

 

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