MSET Exit Portfolio Guidelines
The MSET Exit Portfolio is the final product of your work as a student in the MSET program. Developing and preparing your portfolio should cause you to reflect on what course and project experiences have been useful and how they apply to your professional work. It is an opportunity for you to display your progress over the course of the program.
It will also be used as a tool for presentations to coworkers, employers, and future employers. The portfolios are also important to our program as dynamic documents, which can be used to determine the quality of the program.
You are required to construct a web-based portfolio that exhibits key elements of your work. The portfolio should begin with an introduction of yourself and your philosophy concerning the value of educational technology in teaching and learning. This introduction should then be followed by a description of the guiding structure and a table of contents or overview that gives context to the layout of your portfolio.
You will provide a 25-30 minute presentation of your portfolio that demonstrates your philosophy, professional technology application for student learning, accomplishments, and significant products from your coursework. This presentation may be made via telephone conference call, interactive video, or on site. The review team then has up to 15 minutes to ask for clarifications to your presentation, or to ask you questions on your course products, personal learning, or portfolio.
Your portfolio must include the following key pieces:
- Biographical information - Include one or two paragraphs describing previous professional experiences and background, personal information, including hobbies, interests, and reasons for entering the MSET program.
- Philosophy statement - Introduce and describe your beliefs regarding technology's role in teaching and learning. Include information that indicates how that philosophy might have changed during the course of the program. Show how course experiences may have reinforced your beliefs. Indicate how your experience in the program guides your approach to developing learners.
- Key themes - Select and develop 3-5 themes as an organizing framework for your portfolio products. These themes should reflect your philosophy and the program goals. FYI: The goals of the program are to prepare educators to be:
- leaders in educational technology;
- current in teaching and learning processes and practices;
- current in research technologies and designs;
- knowledgeable of technologies and programming skills;
- knowledgeable of current, technology-based educational tools and products.
- You should be able to demonstrate the link between your philosophy and your themes and between your themes and the goals of the program.
- Products - Include selected products that you've developed as a part of MSET courses and projects. These exhibits should be organized by your themes. With each item in your portfolio, identify the following:
- The course in which it was developed;
- A very brief description of the project;
- How you professionally use, or intend to use, the product, or the skills developed in creating the product;
- The program objectives that the product or exhibit (NOT the course for which it was developed) addresses. The objectives are included at the end of this document.
Your portfolio should be presented in your final semester as you are finishing your coursework and preparing to graduate. The presentation is scheduled 2-3 weeks before the end of the semester. The dates will be announced early in the semester, after you have submitted your Application for Graduation. Your completed portfolio must be submitted two weeks before the designated review date. You will be given a time to appear before the committee to introduce your portfolio and field questions from the review committee. You are invited to observe the other presentations if you like.
You will be evaluated on the quality of your portfolio and your presentation. Your philosophy, themes and product descriptions are expected to be clear and direct. The review committee will use the portfolio evaluation rubric to evaluate your portfolio. If your portfolio receives an unacceptable rating, you will have two weeks to resubmit. If under expedited review the suggested revisions to the portfolio are not satisfactory, you will not receive your graduation diploma. Successful completion of your portfolio is a graduation requirement.
Graduates of the program will:
- Understand the capabilities of the computer, its impact on education, business, industry and government; and will be able to adapt to, understand, evaluate, and make use of new and emerging innovations in computer and information technology.
- Be proficient in the use and application of computer software.
- Be proficient with a programming language.
- Use systematic problem-solving and research-based human/computer interaction practices in the development of computer-assisted instructional programs.
- Develop the skills needed to maintain computer programs, computer systems and networks.
- Be aware of professional organizations in the field of computer education and technology and their impact on the field of education.
- Be aware of current trends and issues in computer education, distance education, electronic communications, computer hardware and software.
- Use telecommunications-based tools to integrate information into the classroom and the curriculum.