You will create an ePortfolio that includes redesigned
activities from prior coursework in the Masters of Arts in Education
(MAED) Program that demonstrate your competency with the nine Program
Learning Outcomes, which are also the Course Learning Outcomes for EDU
695. Additionally, you will write a narrative reflection of your
experience with the program and the ePortfolio construction. The
overarching goal of this Final Paper and ePortfolio assignment is to
showcase learning from the MAED Program in a consolidated, web-based
format that can easily be shared with anyone: colleagues, potential or
current employers, friends, family members, and others. For the
ePortfolio, you use a system called Pathbrite. Within this ePortfolio,
you will tell the story of your educational journey and value of your
personal MAED experience as it applies to the labor market. Remember,
the ePortfolio is your chance to show what you know and are able to do
in the practice of teaching and learning with technology. You will
submit a link to your ePortfolio and attach your paper portion of the
assignment in a Week Six discussion for preliminary feedback by peers
and the instructor before the final submission. The earlier you submit
in the Week Six discussion the more opportunity you have for input from
your peers and instructor to improve your work before the final
submission of this assignment.
Creating the Paper and ePortfolio
Please include a link to the ePortfolio (Pathbrite) within the paper portion of this assignment. As needed, refer to the MAED program learning outcomes (PLOs) list. Then, create your final assignment to meet the content and written communication expectations below.
Written Communication Expectations
- ePortfolio Components (5 Points): Include at
least one artifact demonstrating mastery for each of the nine MAED
Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs).
- ePortfolio Design (3 Points): Design the
ePortfolio to be professional in appearance. Be sure to exemplify
effective and ethical uses of technology so that the ePortfolio
logically organized in a visually appealing way.
- Narrative – Ranking (5 Points): Rank and discuss
the importance of each Program Learning Outcome to your individual work
setting, including an explanation of each ranking and its value to you
in your learning environment or your position. Discuss how you currently
use each PLO in your work setting and, if PLOs are not used, discuss
ways you might begin to use them in your current or future work setting.
If you are unemployed or otherwise do not work in a teaching role, you
can either (a) use a previous work location, or (b) imagine the perfect
work location (e.g., your dream job), and use that fictional work center
to rank and discuss each PLO. The overall goal of this section of the
narrative is to rank each PLO according to its importance to you as an
educator or potential educator, starting by listing the most important
PLO to you first.
- Narrative – Challenges/Solutions (5 Points):
Discuss the design and development challenges you experienced while
creating this ePortfolio in Pathbrite and explain how you overcame those
challenges. If you feel that you did not face any challenges during
your design/redesign, please state that there were no challenges and
clearly support this statement with a discussion of the details, or
reflect and think deeply about your design/redesign process and offer a
detailed narrative of how the process excelled. Examples of challenges
include: (a) getting accustomed to specific technology to communicate
and showcase your learning, (b) difficulty ranking the PLOs, (c) finding
creative ways to display your newly learned skill sets, and (d) tying
together concepts and theories into one cohesive digital collection.
When you explain how you resolved or worked around challenges you need
to consider how you became proficient in using various digital tools,
how you linked PLOs to your job responsibilities, how Internet searches
uncovered new ways to utilize your talents, how peer collaboration
produced ways to effectively consolidate multiple concepts and theories
in one package, and how ePortfolio examples sparked creative thought.
- Page Requirement (.5 points): Include one page
per discussion of each of the nine MAED Program Learning Outcomes and a
tenth page for the narrative response for a total of ten pages (not
including the title and reference pages).
- APA Formatting (.5 points): Use APA formatting consistently throughout the assignment.
- Syntax and Mechanics (.5 points): Display
meticulous comprehension and organization of syntax and mechanics, such
as spelling and grammar.
- Source Requirement (.5 points): Reference three
scholarly sources in addition to the course textbook. All sources on the
references page need to be used and cited correctly within the body of
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