Ashford 7: – Week 6 – Final Paper
Final Paper and ePortfolio
will create an ePortfolio that includes redesigned activities from
prior coursework in the Masters of Arts in Education (MAED) Program that
demonstrate your competency with the nine Program Learning Outcomes,
which are also the Course Learning Outcomes for EDU 695. Additionally,
you will write a narrative reflection of your experience with the
program and the ePortfolio construction. The overarching goal of this
Final Paper and ePortfolio assignment is to showcase learning from the
MAED Program in a consolidated, web-based format that can easily be
shared with anyone: colleagues, potential or current employers, friends,
family members, and others. For the ePortfolio, you use a system called
Pathbrite. Within this ePortfolio, you will tell the story of your
educational journey and value of your personal MAED experience as it
applies to the labor market. Remember, the ePortfolio is your chance to
show what you know and are able to do in the practice of teaching and
learning with technology. You will submit a link to your ePortfolio and
attach your paper portion of the assignment in a Week Six discussion for
preliminary feedback by peers and the instructor before the final
submission. The earlier you submit in the Week Six discussion the more
opportunity you have for input from your peers and instructor to improve
your work before the final submission of this assignment.
Creating the Final Paper and ePortfolio
Please include a link to the ePortfolio (Pathbrite) within the paper portion of this assignment. As needed, refer to the MAED program learning outcomes (PLOs) list. Then, create your final assignment to meet the content and written communication expectations below.
Components (5 Points): Include at least one artifact demonstrating
mastery for each of the nine MAED Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs).
Design (3 Points): Design the ePortfolio to be professional in
appearance. Be sure to exemplify effective and ethical uses of
technology so that the ePortfolio logically organized in a visually
- Narrative – Ranking (5 Points): Rank and
discuss the importance of each Program Learning Outcome to your
individual work setting, including an explanation of each ranking and
its value to you in your learning environment or your position. Discuss
how you currently use each PLO in your work setting and, if PLOs are not
used, discuss ways you might begin to use them in your current or
future work setting. If you are unemployed or otherwise do not work in a
teaching role, you can either (a) use a previous work location, or (b)
imagine the perfect work location (e.g., your dream job), and use that
fictional work center to rank and discuss each PLO. The overall goal of
this section of the narrative is to rank each PLO according to its
importance to you as an educator or potential educator, starting by
listing the most important PLO to you first.
- Narrative –
Challenges/Solutions (5 Points): Discuss the design and development
challenges you experienced while creating this ePortfolio in Pathbrite
and explain how you overcame those challenges. If you feel that you did
not face any challenges during your design/redesign, please state that
there were no challenges and clearly support this statement with a
discussion of the details, or reflect and think deeply about your
design/redesign process and offer a detailed narrative of how the
process excelled. Examples of challenges include: (a) getting accustomed
to specific technology to communicate and showcase your learning, (b)
difficulty ranking the PLOs, (c) finding creative ways to display your
newly learned skill sets, and (d) tying together concepts and theories
into one cohesive digital collection. When you explain how you resolved
or worked around challenges you need to consider how you became
proficient in using various digital tools, how you linked PLOs to your
job responsibilities, how Internet searches uncovered new ways to
utilize your talents, how peer collaboration produced ways to
effectively consolidate multiple concepts and theories in one package,
and how ePortfolio examples sparked creative thought.
Written Communication Expectations
Requirement (.5 points): Include one page per discussion of each of the
nine MAED Program Learning Outcomes and a tenth page for the narrative
response for a total of ten pages (not including the title and reference
- APA Formatting (.5 points): Use APA formatting consistently throughout the assignment.
and Mechanics (.5 points): Display meticulous comprehension and
organization of syntax and mechanics, such as spelling and grammar.
Requirement (.5 points): Reference three scholarly sources in addition
to the course textbook. All sources on the references page need to be
used and cited correctly within the body of the assignment.
For information related to APA style, including samples and tutorials, please visit the Ashford Writing Center.