Education Specialist Comprehensive Exam
In most cases, the online portfolio will be evaluated during the same semester as the final defense of the Ed.s. Project. Specifically, this exam/portfolio will include the following components:
Web-Based PortfolioYour web-based portfolio should consist of approximately 8 - 15 (and no more than 20) products you have produced during your tenure in the Ed.S. program. Select items that represent your best work and demonstrate a broad range of the competencies.
Using your USF webspace, or any server of your choice, create a Table of Contents with links to each of your products. These products can be papers (please use PDF or RTF formats), images, websites, interactive programs, etc. For each product in the table of contents, include the following:
Competency Analysis ReportAfter your portfolio is complete, compile a report with the following items:
Introduction section: In approximately one page, reflect upon the experiences you have had in the Instructional Systems program. Include both positive and negative aspects. Also describe your future professional plans.
Competency Checklist: Using items 1-14 of the Competencies and Skills for Instructional Designers, select the competencies that are reflected in your portfolio. Try to include competencies from at least six of the major 14 categories. Create a matrix, with the product in the first column, followed by a list of the relevant competencies (you can number them 1.5, etc. to make it easier to fit in a column). Note that any one product may reflect more than one competency. In the next column, assess your competence, using the following scale:
Evaluation of Competency Analysis ReportAfter the Major Professor approves of the portfolio, the student works with the major professor to scheudle an oral presentation of the portfolio with his/her Ed.S. committee. The final assessment of your performance will be based on both the content and the format of the portfolio as well as the Competency Report. Possible outcomes include: pass, not-yet-passing, or retake the "examination." The rubric for the portfolio is available online.