Teaching and Learning with Technology
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The "Capstone" Course: CEP 807. This page is an introduction to the "capstone" course for the on-campus cohort of the Master of Arts in Teaching & Learning with Technology,, designed for the emphasis area in Teaching with Technology in School Settings.
By definition, the "capstone" course, CEP 807, is envisioned as the final course in the 10 course sequence leading to the masters degree. As such, the capstone course is intended to both allow and support students in pulling together a substantial portfolio showing what they have learned, reflecting on their learning, and laying out a plan for how they will apply what they learned in the classroom. In a real sense, the ultimate evaluation of your work in the masters program is the extent to which you integrate technology into your teaching and thereby improve your work as a teacher and improve your students' learning.
Substantive Elements in Your Web-Based Portfolio. The primary focus of the capstone course is the development of a high quality portfolio that is designed for an authentic audience beyond the end of the course, such as the students you teach and their parents, your fellow teachers and school administrators, and possibly for potential employers.
Evaluation and Comprehensive Examination. This portfolio will be evaluated for a grade in the capstone course, and, combined with the exhibition of the portfolio, serves as the comprehensive examination for the masters degree. The evaluation process will include your own self-assessment of your portfolio against a rubric of required elements, plus your self-chosen elements.
Progress, Product, and Effort. In the capstone course, you will be evaluated in terms of both your final portfolio (which must include certain required elements) as well as evidence that you have really put in the expected time and effort in the capstone course. In other words, if you begin the course with a portfolio that already includes many of the required elements, then you are expected to propose work that goes beyond these requirements.
Major Required Elements. Your portfolio needs to include substantial writing and other work and should include the following major elements:
a homepage (or "opening screen")Specific Detailed Requirements. Within the major required elements above, there are some specific detailed requirements with are described separately on the rubric. Many of these are normal components of the larger elements. For example, your portfolio should have links to your school and school district website, links to your school and district policies on publishing student work on the Web, etc. At the technical level, you are expected to demonstrate your design skills including such features as use of digital photographs, scanned images, background colors, tables, email links, and so on.
Authentic Work. You are encouraged to use your work in the capstone course to create a truly professional and authentic portfolio intended to be useful in your professional life. The elements listed above are not intended to be an exhaustive or complete list. You are expected to add elements of their choosing to the portfolio, including, for example, collections of links to websites related to their professional work. The "synthesis" paper will be expected to be written for a definite audience and include scholarly references as well as references to ideas drawn from courses in the masters program.
Exhibition. A key component of the capstone course will be the presentation of your portfolio to the faculty and other students in the masters' program.
Participation, Blackboard Discussion, Other Assignments. The primary goal for the course is the creation of the portfolio described above. In support of this goal, there will be additional assignments and requirements, such as participation in online discussions in Blackboard, self-assessments, keeping of time log of your work, etc.
Design Principles for the Masters Degree
Students will build upon prior experiences and grow