A reflection is less about process—and more about pondering, ruminating, deliberating, musing, or contemplating. Dictionary.com puts it this way: Reflect implies looking back quietly over past experience and giving it consideration.
With that in mind, reflect on your experiences in the Educational Technology program (1500-2000 words).
Your comprehensive paper/presentation should include stories about significant "aha" moments from your EDTEC program, that cut across standards and projects. You will want to describe how those moments have informed your career choices and practices.
Write your reflection in story form, nicely annotated (with citations and references accoding to the APA style guide). Refer to the EDTEC masters degree competencies and to your own life and work experience, as appropriate.
Write and post it as an online paper, an e-paper—a web page or blog or wiki page, with a few choice links as needed for you to tell your story effectively. You may use Google Sites, WordPress, Weebly, or another web page editor of your choice, as long as we can access it easily.
You will present your ideas to the faculty and to a handful of interested peers.
Use best presentation practices, such as:
- Tell your story (or stories) of your adventure through the program, of things that led to particular moments of illumination, of people you met along the way, of unexpected things that happened to you or that you accomplished.
- Use visuals to support your ideas, including visual analogies, diagrams, illustrations, graphs, tables, and so forth.
- Use text sparingly.
- Don't read your slides, but use them as visual support to your narrative, setting the mood, demonstrating a point, helping us "see" through your eyes.
Examples of recent presentations that make good models for your comprehensive paper/presentation. Note that these are based on the now-out-of-date e-portfolio requirements, but they have the right "flavor" for the current e-paper reflection presentation:
- Dianne Rees:
Site: http://www.atomicmeme.com/epaper/epaper.html (Be sure to check out the other links on the navigation bar, including About Me and Portfolio)
- Jessica Ebel
- Claudia Faulk:
Site (only): http://pedabloggy.wordpress.com/reflection/
- Aura Lippincott
- Erika Romenesko
Recording: http://tinyurl.com/auap4sx (must have Java installed)
- Felicia Brown
Recording (only): https://edbreeze.sdsu.edu/p9n0yfzyayt/
- EDTEC faculty will assess your comprehensive paper/presentation based on the following criteria:
- How interesting is your story? How well does it capture and hold our attention and our imagination. Is it merely a list of stuff that happened to you, or is it a narrative of with a starting place, developmental episodes, and an ending (or at least a "end of the beginning")?
- How important is what you have to say? Can we tell what significance your journey had on your career path, the way you view yourself, the way you view our field?
- How well written is your e-paper? Spelling? Grammar? Clarity? Expressiveness?
- How well designed is your presentation? Good use of visuals? Visuals that help us understand rather than merely decorate or distract? Restrained use of text? Good pacing?
- How well annotated is your narrative? Do we get a sense of who and what influenced you?