IDT Graduate Portfolio Guidelines

Each MS degree candidate must select and complete a capstone (culminating) project (portfolio, applied project, and thesis). This document describes in detail the Portfolio option.

The purpose of the portfolio is to serve as a capstone project allowing the student to integrate and apply the knowledge and skills gained through the Instructional Design and Technology (IDT) degree program. The graduate portfolio is intended for those students interested in creating and assembling instructional materials that demonstrate professional quality skills beyond entry-level areas of expertise. Students who choose this option may wish to create a showcase of their skills for career advancement or to demonstrate their skills for a career change.  Some choose this option because they envision the need for a variety of products that they can use in their present career, or would prefer taking more courses and developing instructional products rather than doing a research, evaluation, or an applied project. The portfolio option does not require collection of student data.

The learning outcomes for the portfolio are:

        Students will engage in and share their reflections on procedures, concepts, facts, applied skills, and professional practices that they acquired throughout their progress in the IDT graduate program;

<![if !supportLists]>         <![endif]>Students will share their transformative journey as IDT professionals, both before and after admission into the graduate program, including how their past experiences and training shaped that transformation;

<![if !supportLists]>         <![endif]>Students will demonstrate mastery of skills and knowledge in instructional design and development;

<![if !supportLists]>         <![endif]>Students will show a range of instructional products that clearly 1) demonstrate the wide range of competencies in instructional design and technology gained during the program, and 2) demonstrate that they can clearly and accurately explain the instructional design process they followed, such as ADDIE, in developing each project;

<![if !supportLists]>         <![endif]>Students will display a range of skills and achievements through portfolio projects that demonstrate professional mastery in several areas. The demonstrated mastery within the portfolio should demonstrate concepts and skills drawn from at least four IDT courses in their degree plan, and the relationship of the project to the courses should be noted in the project annotation; and

        Students will, through the defense, clearly and accurately present their projects, field questions about how the projects were developed, clearly discuss their own professional development in the program, and share suggestions for the IDT Department.


 

Portfolio Advisory Committee

The portfolio advisory committee consists of a committee chairperson from IDT and at least one committee member from IDT. The chair of this committee is your portfolio advisor.

 

Portfolio Approval Procedures

A student�s Request for a Graduate Advising Committee form must be approved by the IDT Department.Permission to proceed with the production, assembling, and defense of the portfolio is dependent upon the completion of all requirements for the IDT degree. In general, this means that all incomplete coursework that appears on the student�s graduate degree plan must be finished, that the student must complete 35 hours of coursework with a GPA of at least a 3.0, and that a brief plan for the proposed portfolio must be approved by the student�s portfolio advisory committee. If necessary, a student may take one or two classes along with IDT 603 during the last semester.

 

Types of Portfolios

All portfolios must include a reflection paper, one or more portfolio projects that build on skills from a minimum of four classes in the student�s graduate degree plan, and annotations of the design and development process for each project. The portfolio projects may be:

<![if !supportLists]>         <![endif]>Items begun by the student in an IDT class and later polished to professional quality,

<![if !supportLists]>         <![endif]>Professional quality items created on the student�s job, while that student was an IDT graduate student, that demonstrate skills learned in IDT classes.

<![if !supportLists]>         <![endif]>New items created from scratch that demonstrate skills learned in IDT classes.

 ������ Items that use any delivery system, e.g., print, video, electronic, etc.  The purpose of the portfolio is to showcase the student�s acquired skills, not to report on work done in the program.

 

Portfolio Procedures and Timeline

A student�s Request for a Graduate Advising Committee form must be approved by the IDT Department.Permission to proceed with the production, assembling, and defense of the portfolio is dependent upon the completion of all requirements for the IDT degree. In general, this means that all incomplete coursework that appears on the student's graduate degree plan must be finished, the student must complete 35 hours of coursework with the required GPA, and a completed Request for a Graduate Advising Committee Form must submitted to the IDT Department.

The steps are described below:

1.      After completing 15 to 18 hours of coursework, the student initiates a discussion of ideas for the portfolio with the IDT Graduate Advisor.  For example, options may be explored about the student�s purpose in doing a portfolio, its focus, possible audiences for its content, a potential timeframe, and some beginning ideas of what project annotations might be included. Final determination of the projects to be used will be made by your portfolio advisory committee chair.

2.      The student submits a completed Request for a Graduate Advising Committee Form to the IDT Department.  The form must be submitted the semester before the student plans to register for IDT 603.  The form must be submitted at least four weeks before the last day of the semester.  The student will be notified when a portfolio advisory committee chair and a committee member have been assigned.

3.      The student contacts the assigned portfolio advisory committee chair to identify a more detailed plan for the portfolio such as types of projects, major tasks, timelines, and completion dates. 

4.      The student submits a completed IDT 603 Portfolio Form to the IDT Department within the first week of the first day of classes of the semester the student plans to register for IDT 603. (Portfolio Chair must have at least a week to review and make revisions before the 10 days deadline to register for classes).

5.      Once the form has been approved and signed by your committee chair, the student will be registered for IDT 603 by the department. Note that the student needs to be in his/her last semester when the portfolio is defended.

6.      The student and committee chair should next establish a specific action plan and timeline for completion of the portfolio.  It is the student�s responsibility to maintain dialogue, written and/or oral, with the committee chair while the work is in progress. The committee chair will share the plan with the other member of the committee for approval. If a student does not complete the defense in the semester which he/she is registered for IDT 603, then the student will receive an Incomplete.  The student will have up to one year to complete their IDT 603 requirements.

7.     The portfolio option does not require collection of data.However, if the student is planning to collect data that involves human subjects, the student must work with the committee chair to obtain approval from the Institutional Review Board (IRB) prior to collecting data from any human subjects. 

8.      The student should work directly with the portfolio advisory committee chair in developing the final completed portfolio (which may require several drafts) to submit to the portfolio committee member.The final draft must be ready for the Portfolio Chair to submit to the second committee member at least four weeks before the last day of the class of the semester.The second committee member has at least two weeks to review the portfolio before the portfolio defense.   Any recommendations or communication regarding the portfolio from the committee member will be communicated to the student by the committee chair - the student or the committee member should not communicate about the portfolio unless it goes through the Portfolio chair.

9.     The student should schedule the Portfolio defense through the IDT Administrative Assistant, after determining a date and time that is appropriate for the portfolio advisory committee.Defenses must be scheduled at least two weeks before the last day of classes for the semester. Online defenses must be approved by the portfolio advisory committee.

10.  The student will defend his/her portfolio in a formal defense meeting with the portfolio advisory committee. The presentation should focus on the portfolio projects.The presentation should last approximately 10 to 20 minutes. Allow about 10 minutes for the committee�s questions. Questions may cover your projects and/or information you learned in your M.S. Degree program.�� After the defense and committee questioning, the student will be asked to leave the room while the committee makes a decision: pass without changes, pass with changes, or do not pass.The committee will then call in the student to hear the decision and discuss any needed revisions.

A student cannot pass the portfolio until his/her committee approves it.  If revisions are requested at the time of the oral defense, such revisions must be completed and approved by the portfolio advisory committee chair. 

Other faculty members, students, and family may attend the presentation but will be asked to leave before the portfolio advisory committee meets to make a decision.

11.  The finalized portfolio report and accompanying electronic files must be submitted to the IDT Department and to the portfolio advisory committee chair.  This task must be accomplished by a designated date determined by the Graduate Office following graduation each semester in order for a student�s graduation date to reflect that semester.  If this date is missed, the student�s graduation date will reflect the following semester. The student must provide three printed, unbound, single-sided copies of the approved portfolio report (and additional media such as CD-ROMs, DVDs, etc.) and $10 for binding fees to the IDT Department.

 

Printed Portfolio Report

The portfolio report must be written in APA format, be logically organized, and be grammatically correct.There must be an orderly presentation of ideas and smoothness of expression.The report must show evidence of proficiency in written communication skills.


 

The following sections must be contained in the report, unless it is stated as optional. (Check with your Portfolio Chair on which of the optional sections are needed.)

  1. Title Page � same for all portfolio reports
  2. Approval Page � same for all portfolio reports
  3. Table of Contents � same for all portfolio reports
  4. Acknowledgements[optional] � same for all portfolio reports
  5. Oral Defense Outline [One page - optional]
  6. Personal Reflections

<![if !supportLists]>         <![endif]>Goals for entering the program.

<![if !supportLists]>         <![endif]>Prior technology experience (if applicable).

<![if !supportLists]>         <![endif]>Your perception of IDT at the beginning of the program and to what degree your perception has changed and how it has changed.

<![if !supportLists]>         <![endif]>Four or five IDT courses that were especially meaningful in the development of the knowledge and skills learned in the program. A rationale for why the courses were beneficial should be included.

<![if !supportLists]>         <![endif]>How you plan to use the IDT skills you developed in your professional and/or personal life.

<![if !supportLists]>         <![endif]>Suggestions for the IDT Department.

<![if !supportLists]>         <![endif]>Closing reflections (e.g.,Were your goals met?).

  1. Project Items Annotations
  2. References, as needed
  3. Appendices, as needed.Includes additional information such as surveys and needs assessments.
  4. Resume [optional]
  5. Printed Read Me File
  6. Defense Presentation [optional]. Print in handout mode with three to six slides per page.

 

Project Items Annotations

Project Annotation Item components and their order may be changed but your work must demonstrate use of sound instructional systems design. Check with your Portfolio Chairperson for what categories need to be included for your annotations.

Project 1 Annotation: Title (Example 1)

Project Description (What was done? Under what conditions (class assignment, independent study project, internship project, work assignment, etc.)? What was the student�s contribution, especially if it was a group project? How was the project developed (chronicle the development)?)

Intended Audience

Intended Purpose

Date Completed

Deliverables or Completed Conditions

Improvements or Changes Made

Areas of Instructional Technology That Influenced the Project

Learner Analysis

Environment Analysis

Design and Development Process

Achieved Outcomes

Printed Project Material

Description of how the committee can access the project for review

 

Project 1 Annotation: Title (Example 2)

Project Description (What was done? Under what conditions (class assignment, independent study project, internship project, work assignment, etc.)? What was the student�s contribution, especially if it was a group project? How was the project developed (chronicle the development)?)

Intended Audience

Intended Purpose

Date Completed

Completion Conditions or Requirements

Development or Design Process

Assessment

Achieved Outcomes or Technology Integration

Printed Project Material

Description of how the committee can access the project for review

 

Project 1 Annotation: Title (Example 3)

Project Description (What was done? Under what conditions (class assignment, independent study project, internship project, work assignment, etc.)? What was the student�s contribution, especially if it was a group project? How was the project developed (chronicle the development)?)

Intended Audience

Intended Purpose

Dates

Objectives

Conditions

Student�s Role and Contribution

ADDIE Process (where appropriate)

Printed Project Material

Description of how the committee can access the project for review

 

Project 1 Annotation: Title (Example 4)

Project Description (What was done? Under what conditions (class assignment, independent study project, internship project, work assignment, etc.)? What was the student�s contribution, especially if it was a group project? How was the project developed (chronicle the development)?)

Intended Audience

Intended Purpose

Date Started and Date Ended

Completion Conditions or Requirements

Personal Contributions to the Project

Data Collection and Results

Needs Assessment

Learner Analysis

Learner Environment Analysis

Task Analysis

Learning Objectives

Development or Design Process

Assessments

Printed Project Material

Description of how the committee can access the project for review

 

Project 1 Annotation: Title (Example 5)

Project Description ((What was done? Under what conditions (class assignment, independent study project, internship project, work assignment, etc.)? What was the student�s contribution, especially if it was a group project? How was the project developed (chronicle the development)?)

Purpose and Need

Intended Audience

Conceptualization

Criteria

Application of Skills to this Project Learned During the Master�s Program

Stakeholders: Contributions and Benefits

The Development Process

Technologies Used

Software Used

What was Learned

Printed Project Material

Description of how the committee can access the project for review

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Accompanying Portfolio Electronic Files

Students need to submit the following files on a CD or DVD:

<![if !supportLists]>         <![endif]>Portfolio Report file including the appendices.

<![if !supportLists]>         <![endif]>All portfolio project annotation items.Items must be saved on CD-ROM or DVD in runtime versions or with the appropriate players to run the items (e.g., Flash).  Read Me File that describes the software programs required to view/run the electronic items, which filename should be opened first, etc. 

<![if !supportLists]>         <![endif]>The portfolio chairperson may require the student to create a shell for organizing the electronic files.The shell contains a main menu to the portfolio components.Each component should link back to the main menu. Check with the Portfolio Chairperson about the required structure of the shell.

 

The label on the CD or DVD must include theplatform required for viewing the files (Mac, PC), student full name, and opening file to be viewed first (such as the ReadMe file).

 

 

 

  

 

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