EdTech 592: Final Portfolio

Here is my ePortfolio

Syllabus

Syllabus of EDTECH 592: Portfolio (Section 4201)

Spring 2015: January 12 – May 1

3 Credit Online Course
Boise State University
Department of Educational Technology
EDTECH Website: http://edtech.boisestate.edu

Instructor Information

Dr. Yu-Chang Hsu

Office Phone: (208) 426-2117

Email: hsu@boisestate.edu

Office: Room 328 of the College of Education Building

Virtual Office Hours: By Appointment

Course Description

A broad-based selection of significant student work that is used to appraise student performance and professional development. A portfolio reflects the depth and breadth of a student’s educational growth since entering the graduate program. Portfolios may include, but are not limited to, classroom examinations, journals, writing samples, publishable scholarship, professional projects, annotated bibliographies, and artistic endeavors. Graded pass/fail (P/F) only.

Course Goals

  • Create a portfolio website with artifacts mapped and linked to the AECT standards.
  • Organize a significant collection of artifacts in the portfolio including projects, papers, and other relevant examples of work completed during the M.E.T. career.
  • Map portfolio artifacts to appropriate AECT standards.
  • Compose a rationale paper describing the artifacts in the portfolio and how they demonstrate skills, knowledge, application of theory and/or research, professional disposition, real-world application, and mastery of the AECT standards.
  • Create an original reflection video to tell the story of professional growth attained during the master’s program.
  • Revise portfolio based on feedback provided through peer and faculty review.

Course Materials

  • Portfolio Rubric
  • Syllabi from all EDTECH courses you have taken. The most recent syllabi are linked from the EDTECH website.
  • AECT Standards (PDF) document. Download and print for reference throughout this course.
  • Course assignments completed during the entire master’s program.
  • Copies of rubrics and feedback provided by instructors and peers. This is used to make improvements to the artifacts and will NOT be used in the portfolio itself.
  • Webcam or other digital video camera for the reflection video.
  • Computer microphone or webcam with microphone for the reflection video.
  • Screen recording software for the reflection video. Here are my recommendations from most expensive to least expensive.
    • Camtasia: Record the screen with or without webcam. A PowerPoint plugin is provided. Camtasia comes with its own video editor. It’s more expensive, but worth the price.
    • Jing Pro: IMPORTANT NOTE: Please note that although Jing Pro provides the benefit of minimal cost, it only records 5 minutes of video at a time. Shorter sections can be spliced together in some video editing software programs, such as iMovie. Please note that the mp4 video format is currently NOT compatible with Windows Movie Maker. Please avoid using the free version of Jing, because editing options are very limited and the software produces a swf file only.
    • Screencast-O-Matic: This is free, requires no installation, and permits 15 minute video recordings with mp4 output. The pro version gives you additional time and provides some video editing tools.
  • Video editing software may be needed. It depends on your video and the software you use to record it. If you are using Camtasia, then it is unlikely that you will need additional software. Here are my recommendations for video editing.
    • Adobe Premiere Elements: Excellent video-editing software for the price. This software works on both Mac and PC. It will open mp4 files created by Flip video cameras or screen recording programs such as Jing Pro or Screencast-O-Matic.
    • iMovie: If you are a Mac user.
    • Movie Maker/Windows Live Movie Maker: If you are a Windows user. Please note that you may have to convert video files created with some screencasting programs before editing. Short video files can be converted online for free, or software may be purchased for file conversion. See the list of video conversion tools here: http://edtech.boisestate.edu/snelsonc/youtube.html
  • A website to host your portfolio and its contents online. This can be on the EDTECH2 server or on your choice of online hosting services. IMPORTANT NOTE: All portions of your portfolio must be online with public access (no login required) so that peers, instructor, and faculty can easily review it.
  • A video-hosting site. I recommend Screencast or YouTube. The video must be in a format that anyone can view from the Web. For example, if you upload the video to YouTube or Screencast it can be viewed on both Mac and Windows machines online. It may also be linked and/or embedded on the portfolio website.
  • Software to create the portfolio website: For example, Dreamweaver if the portfolio is created on the EDTECH2 server. If a web-based software is used then software may be unnecessary.
  • A CSS template for your website. If you are creating your own portfolio site on the EDTECH2 server, I encourage you to download an attractive CSS template to give it a professional look. There are many places to get these for free online such as: http://www.freecsstemplates.org/ Additional sources may be found through a Google search.
  • We encourage you to add any social network links and other activities in which you are involved.
  • We also encourage you to publicize your portfolio through multiple social networks for feedback from other reviewers, such as colleagues, friends, and teachers.

Textbook

Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, Sixth Edition (I recommend purchasing the spiral edition if you do not yet have this book.)

Note: You should definitely review “Chapter 3: Writing Clearly and Concisely,” which will help tremendously in writing and formatting your paper.

Assignments and Grades

This course is a bit different from most, because we do not have weekly modules. Rather, we focus all of our work on preparation of the portfolio, which serves as the culminating activity for your M.E.T. program.

Portfolio Review Process

  1. Preliminary Portfolio Reviews

During the first four weeks of the course (January 12 – February 6), you will work on your portfolio and then starting on Feb. 6 you’ll submit your work to the Instructor Preliminary Review and Peer Preliminary Review assignment areas in Moodle. Your instructor and another classmate will review and rate your portfolio, using the criteria from the Portfolio Rubric.

After you review instructor and peer feedback and complete final revisions on your portfolio, you will share it with your classmates, through the Sharing Portfolios discussion forum. You will obtain additional feedback that should be helpful to prepare for the final portfolio review.

  1. Final Portfolio Review by EDTECH Faculty

The portfolio must be entirely online with public access. Your portfolio must include:

(1) A video reflection presentation,

(2) rationale paper, and

(3) a “map artifacts to standards” piece that links from the standard to each artifact.

The portfolio is scored using the Portfolio Rubric during the formal faculty review (committee of 2 EDTECH faculty members including your class instructor). Please refer to the course schedule below for dates.

Your portfolio must receive a passing score by a formal review committee of EDTECH faculty members to pass. This review is conducted during the formal faculty review portion of the course. Please refer to the course schedule further down this page for dates. The portfolio review is evaluated as follows:

  • Portfolio Website (20% of final score)
  • Reflection Video (30% of final score)
  • Rationale Paper (25% of final score)
  • Artifacts Mapped to the AECT Standards (25% of final score)

Final Grades for EDTECH 592 Portfolio

This is a pass/fail (P/F) course and M.E.T. candidates must pass EDTECH 592 in order to graduate.

P (Pass) The portfolio passed and the peer review was completed. Your portfolio must be approved by a formal review committee of EDTECH faculty members to pass.

F (Fail) The portfolio failed.

IP (In progress) In progress granted only with departmental approval.

What Happens if the Portfolio Fails?

If a student fails the final portfolio review, he or she will have a second chance to revise and improve the portfolio and resubmit it for a second final review.  If the portfolio fails the second time final review, a letter is sent to the EDTECH Department Chair requesting for an IP. If approved, an IP is given. The IP grade must be resolved the following semester. If permission is not granted to an IP or the student fails the portfolio again then the final grade for the portfolio becomes an F.

Course Alignment to the AECT Standards

This course aligns to the AECT Standards for the Accreditation of School Media Specialist and Educational Technology Programs.

As a culminating activity, the portfolio demonstrates mastery of knowledge, skills, and dispositions considered important to the field of educational technology.

STANDARD 1 – CONTENT KNOWLEDGE

Candidates demonstrate the knowledge necessary to create, use, assess, and manage theoretical and practical applications of educational technologies and processes.

STANDARD 2 – CONTENT PEDAGOGY

Candidates develop as reflective practitioners able to demonstrate effective implementation of educational technologies and processes based on contemporary content and pedagogy.

STANDARD 3 – LEARNING ENVIRONMENTS

Candidates facilitate learning by creating, using, evaluating, and managing effective learning environments.

STANDARD 4 – PROFESSIONAL KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS

Candidates design, develop, implement, and evaluate technology-rich learning environments within a supportive community of practice.

STANDARD 5 – RESEARCH

Candidates explore, evaluate, synthesize, and apply methods of inquiry to enhance learning and improve performance.

Taskstream

Students in the College of Education and the collective unit of teacher education programs at Boise State University are required to upload artifacts of student work to Taskstream for program evaluation and accreditation purposes. This will be a long term project that helps us meet goals for the upcoming CAEP accreditation visit and beyond.

You need to upload one artifact for each of the five AECT 2012 standards. Please note that you will need to upload artifact files to Taskstream rather than link to online documents. This allows us to maintain an archive copy for long term program evaluation and analysis. Acceptable formats for file uploads are Word documents, PowerPoint files, Excel spreadsheet files, pdf documents, image files (jpg, gif, png), or mp4 video files. You should be able to download an acceptable file format from Google Drive, YouTube, or other social media sites if not already saved on your computer hard drive. I would recommend you start to upload artifacts to Taskstream during the formal faculty review weeks after you have submitted your portfolio for the final review.

Late Work

Because of the nature of this course we cannot accept late work. Due dates are firm.

Technical Difficulties

On occasion, you may experience problems accessing Moodle or class files located within Moodle, Internet service connection problems, and/or other computer related problems. Do make the instructor aware if a technical problem prevents you from completing coursework. If a problem occurs on our end, such as Moodle or EDTECH2 server failure, then a reasonable extension might be granted depending on circumstances.

Reasonable Accommodations

Any student who feels s/he may need accommodations based on the impact of a disability should contact me privately to discuss specific needs. You will also need to contact the Disability Resource Center at 208-426-1583 to meet with a specialist and coordinate reasonable accommodations for any documented disability.

Academic Honesty

We will follow the BSU Student Code of Conduct and also observe U.S. copyright laws in this course. Please adhere to the following guidelines:

  • The portfolio should be composed of your own original work.
  • Images or other media used in the portfolio should be original, used with permission of the owner, come from the public domain, or fall within use permitted under a Creative Commons license. Please check terms of use on sites containing these items. If in doubt, don’t use it.
  • Please cite the source for materials that are used in the portfolio unless they are created by you. If permission is granted for use of copyrighted materials please post a statement explaining that near those materials.

In the event of academic dishonesty a complaint is filed with the BSU Student Conduct Office with supporting documentation. This complaint remains on file and actions may be taken against the student (e.g., loss or credit, grade reduction, expulsion, etc.).

Sign up for Preliminary Review

IMPORTANT! Sign up for preliminary review during the first week of class. During the second part of class you will submit your portfolio to your instructor for a preliminary review (midpoint review).

We will be using a staggered preliminary review schedule. You MUST have a completed first draft of your portfolio by the due date in order to receive comprehensive feedback.

  • Preliminary Review Group 1: Your portfolio is due Monday, February 9. Instructor reviews run from February 9 – 13.
  • Preliminary Review Group 2: Your portfolio is due Monday, February 16. Instructor reviews run from February 16 – February 20.
  • Preliminary Review Group 3: Your portfolio is due Monday, February 23. Instructor reviews run from February 23 – 27.
  • Preliminary Review Group 4: Your portfolio is due Monday, March 2. Instructor reviews run from March 2 – 6.

Note: Please give your instructor time to add you to the group you selected. Groups are called Review Group 1, Review Group 2, Review Group 3, and Review Group 4. You can view your group members once these groups have been created by clicking Participants and then selecting your group drop down box.

Course Schedule

This course is organized in five parts. When you login to the EDTECH 592 Moodle course site you will see a section devoted to each part of the course.

Part 1: Assemble the Portfolio

January 12 – February 6 (4 weeks)

In this initial segment of the course you will build the first good draft of your portfolio to produce a showcase of your finest work completed in the M.E.T. program. You will also sign up for a preliminary review date in Moodle.

Goal: Create a good first draft of your portfolio that includes:

  1. Website: A portfolio website with all of your artifacts (about 25 to 30) mapped and linked to a table of AECT standards. A template with notes is available here: http://edtech.boisestate.edu/snelsonc/portfolio/template/index.html
  2. Rationale Paper: A rationale paper (around 20 pages) on your portfolio site that describes and links to the artifacts, describes why they were selected, how they demonstrate mastery of the standards, and your understanding of how theory connects to practice. A reference section in APA style is included.
  3. Reflection Video: A reflection video (10 to 15 minutes) linked from your portfolio site where you tell your story as a master’s candidate and discuss: your learning and professional growth; the big picture of your accomplishment, meaningful coursework, and how your teaching has been impacted in real-world practice.

Note: This section of the course provides everyone with an initial block of time to create a complete first draft of the portfolio. I’ll hold one or two Adobe Connect meetings to discuss and answer any questions during the first two weeks.

Tentative Dates (changes, if any, will be announced on Moodle)

  • 1/17/15 (Saturday; 11am MST)
  • 1/24/15 (Saturday; 11am MST)

Access the meetings via:

http://edtech.adobeconnect.com/r4orvt9q9zo/

The meeting(s) will also be recorded and links to recorded meetings will be posted in Moodle for those who can not attend. However, I encourage everyone to attend and come to the meeting with questions.

Part 2: Preliminary Review of Portfolios

February 9 – March 6 (4 weeks)

The purpose of this mid-point review phase is to identify strengths and problems in the portfolios. Feedback from your instructor and classmate reviews of your portfolio will help you identify things that need additional work prior to formal faculty review.

Goal: Obtain feedback for final revision of the portfolio.

Part 3: Final Preparation for Formal Review

March 9 – April 3 (4 weeks)
Spring Break (March 23 – 27)

During this portion of the course you will finish all work on your portfolio in preparation for final faculty review.

You will share your final, polished portfolio with your class members, discussing what you revised and how you improved your portfolio. This will give you one more chance to polish and perfect your portfolio!

Goal: Complete portfolio for formal faculty review.

Part 4: Final Faculty Review

Final Portfolio MUST be submitted by April 5 and prior to Monday, April 6.

Upload artifacts to Taskstream

April 6 – April 17 (2 weeks)

A committee of EDTECH faculty will review each portfolio and decide if it passes or fails. The committee will be composed of the portfolio instructor and another faculty member. The committee members will review the portfolios and provide written feedback along with recommendations for pass or fail. M.E.T. candidates will be notified of committee decisions by e-mail after all the reviews have been completed.

Goal: Determine pass/fail of each portfolio Watch for e-mail from the instructor with the results of your formal faculty review. The estimated date for this notification is April 20.

Part 5: Second Chance Review

April 20 – April 24 (1 week)

In the unusual situation where a portfolio does not pass, the candidate will have a short period of time to make last minute corrections to the portfolio. This final portion of the course has been set aside for this purpose. If your portfolio passed, you may wish to use the faculty feedback to make final improvements to your portfolio during this time. We invite everyone to submit complete portfolios to be used as examples for other students.

Goal: Use this week to correct and resubmit your portfolio (as necessary). This step is optional if you passed the formal review. If your portfolio passed you will receive a grade of P in BroncoWeb. The portfolio is your culminating activity and the pass signifies completion of this milestone in your M.E.T. career.

BSU Academic Calendar

Please refer to the BSU Academic Calendar for University dates and deadlines: http://registrar.boisestate.edu/academic-calendar.shtml

College of Education – The Professional Educator

Boise State University strives to develop knowledgeable educators who integrate complex roles and dispositions in the service of diverse communities of learners. Believing that all children, adolescents, and adults can learn, educators dedicate themselves to supporting that learning. Using effective approaches that promote high levels of student achievement, educators create environments that prepare learners to be citizens who contribute to a complex world. Educators serve learners as reflective practitioners, scholars and artists, problem solvers, and partners.

Department of Educational Technology Mission

The Department of Educational Technology is a diverse and international network of scholars, professional educators and candidates who:

  • Lead research and innovations in online teaching and learning
  • Model, promote, manage, and evaluate digital-age work and learning resources in educational environments
  • Inspire creativity and expertise in digital media literacies
  • Design and develop imaginative learning environments
  • Empower learners to be evolving digital citizens who advocate cultural understanding and global responsibility
  • Promote and pattern participatory culture, professional practice, and lifelong learning
  • Forge connections between research, policy, and practice in educational technology
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