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Athabasca University


MDDE 694: Capstone e-Portfolio Project

Delivery mode: Online course using Moodle

Credits: 3

Prerequisites: Completion of five core courses and five elective courses

Instructor: Dr. Debra Hoven



The Centre for Distance Education promotes the development and use of e-portfolios throughout the Master of Education (Distance Education) program. This three credit course is the final core requirement of the course-based route. Building an e-portfolio provides a means to foster reflective practice and to document the unique “learning journey” of students as they progress through the program. Students in the course-based route of the MEd are required to create and present a capstone e-portfolio as the culminating activity in the program. In MDDE 694: Capstone e-Portfolio Project, students receive direction and support in the creation and presentation of their final product of the program.

E-portfolios are important tools for learning and assessment. The capstone e-portfolio provides students with the opportunity to demonstrate their acquisition of the core competencies of the program in an integrated and comprehensive manner, critically exploring their growth as learners and as professionals. Development of the e-portfolio involves synthesizing and critically self-reflecting upon the learning students have experienced, and providing artefacts (e.g., assignments, projects, audio/video productions, blogs, conference postings, workplace interactions), which demonstrate their knowledge, skills and competencies as graduates of the MEd (DE) program.

Students in the course-based route will register in MDDE 694 as the final requirement of the program. However, students who decide to pursue the course-based route may find it beneficial to get started on the e-portfolio as early as possible in the program. In that way, the e-portfolio can be developed throughout the learning journey with samples of course work and critical self-reflections developed on a course-by-course basis.   

Course Outline

The capstone e-portfolio that students will develop and present in MDDE 694 is based on a set of competencies derived from the learning outcomes of the MEd (DE) program. During the program, students will accumulate artefacts (e.g., assignments, group projects, work-related reports, video presentations, etc.) that reflect their learning during the program.

Students will select five artefacts that best represent their learning in the program across the six competency areas, and create a reflection for each of these artefacts. An Introduction and a Conclusion are also required. Active collaboration with and responding to feedback from the instructor and other students is expected.


Student Assessment

MDDE 694: Capstone e-Portfolio Project consists of three assignments. All are graded on a pass/revise and resubmit basis. Students will be required to revise assignments as necessary in order to achieve a pass grade.

Assignment 1: Submission of Introduction and reflection on first artefact. Students create the introduction page to their capstone e-portfolio and the reflection on the first artefact. These are developed using e-portfolio software (usually Mahara) or an equivalent e-portfolio creation platform.

Assignment 2: Submission of entire e-portfolio. Students complete their entire capstone e-portfolio on the basis of feedback received on Assignment 1, including an Introduction, Reflections on five artefacts, and a Conclusion. As part of this process, students are required to post the link to their e-portfolio, soliciting feedback from other students and also to review and provide thoughtful and critically-reflective feedback on the e-portfolios of at least two (2) other students.

Assignment 3: Presentation and discussion of e-portfolio. Using Adobe Connect, students present the highlights and low points of their capstone e-portfolio. The instructor will ask questions regarding the composition of the e-portfolio, the learning process experienced throughout the program, and the application of the new skills and knowledge (competencies) within the student’s workplace. The presentation/discussion session is limited to one hour and may be attended by other students in the course.


Course Materials

Students will develop their e-portfolio using Mahara or an equivalent e-portfolio creation platform.


Get Started Early

Early access to the Moodle Learning Management System, begins a few days before the official start date of the course. At that time you will have limited access to the course. On the Official Start Date of the course, the instructor will be available and the discussion forums will become active.


Last updated by CY November 03, 2016

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