Capstone Course for On-Campus Master of Arts Degree in 
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")
a professional resume
a revised goal statement (with insights into how your goals have evolved since you applied)
a presentation of the courses taken (with course number, title, and professor's name)
a selection of papers or projects completed in these courses
a substantial "synthesis paper" reflecting on your learning in the program
a substantial "projection plan" for how you will integrate technology in your teaching next fall.
a "lifelong learning plan" for your continued professional growth with technology.
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
The capstone course is designed to build upon pedagogical principles and practices that are integral to the entire masters progam.  Among these design principles, the following are especially relevant.

    Students will build upon prior experiences and grow professionally.
    Students will become a part of an online learning community in support of their learning.
    Students will pursue specific interests in-depth within the masters program.
    Students will learn technology skills and apply them to educational practice.
    Students will publish a professional portfolio showing and reflecting on their work in the masters program.
    Students will exhibit their portfolios to a professional audience.