Comprehensive Exam

Comprehensive Exam


The Comprehensive Exam consists of two parts. The first part is an ePortfolio and the second part is a written exam with two questions.

ePortfolio Requirements 


The ePortfolio (CD) is to contain two selections of instructional artifacts or other creative works produced by you during your graduate studies. The two works included in the ePortfolio must have been completed to meet requirements for two different 500 level classes in your MA program.

Each selection is to be a substantial piece of work. Multimedia works in your ePortfolio should have been created with Flash, Authorware, Adobe Premiere, Windows Movie Maker, iMovie, Photoshop, Dreamweaver, Captivate, Camtasia, PowerPoint (with use of advanced features incl. video, audio narration, interactive linkable main menu), or another pre-approved software tool used in your classes. People in the New Media program must have at least one multimedia artifact (e.g., C.A.I. program, digital video, animation, simulation, educational game, instructional website, etc.) in their ePortfolios. Examples of ePortfolio artifacts include but are not limited to the following:

  • Webpages/website
  • Multimedia instructional program
  • Computer-based instruction tutorial
  • Instructional game
  • Simulation
  • Storyboard (from EDIT 501)*
  • Seminar or program manual*
  • Instructional unit or ID prototype (from EDIT 502)*
  • Research project focused on technology*
  • Digital video
  • Animation
  • Curriculum development (e.g., staff development workshops)*
  • Incorporating technology in K-12 schools (beyond your own classroom)*
  • Evaluation instrument focused on technology*
  • A properly documented experience in teaching with technology*
  • Theoretical paper about educational technology*
  • Lab layouts or network design and implementation*
  • Booklet or other printed material (created with desktop publishing software)*

* Your ePortfolio may contain no more than one of this type of activity.

  • Artifacts in your ePortfolio may include works in progress. However, the artifacts should exemplify sound instructional, screen, and interface design principles, theory, and practices in the field.
  • Group projects may be included in your ePortfolio (Digital video productions or websites, for example).
  • When including group projects clearly identify your contributions to the group effort in the abstract. Make sure to include the names of the group members. It must beabsolutely clear to the reviewer what part of the group project you completed in order for them to be able to grade the artifact.
  • References are to be in A.P.A. style. The majority of references should be current (newer than five years old). For quotes and paraphrases in addition to the author and year, list the page numbers from the book, journal article, or website in your references and citations (See APA style manual info from -
  • All writing should be authentically your own unless quotes or paraphrases are used and then make sure to acknowledge your references and other sources. It is imperative that you fully understand what constitutes plagiarism. Please review the following information carefully:
  • Although not required, if possible, try to make every artifact self-running from your ePortfolio CD. For example, create a self-running version of your PowerPoint storyboard from EDIT 501. Your CD itself does not have to be auto-boot/self-starting.
  • If an artifact is not self-running, then include the hardware/software specs needed to run the artifact (operating system, software, speakers, etc.). You could list these on your CD label or in startup instructions on the CD.
  • Make sure that all components of your ePortfolio are accessible through your menu and can be easily navigated. Create a user-friendly interface.
  • All files of your ePortfolio must be included in your CD and organized with folders/subfolders and proper naming conventions.

Your ePortfolio has two main sections: Information about you and information about the two artifacts. What to include in your ePortfolio:
            Navigation and Introduction:

  • an interactive menu to access different components of your ePortfolio
  • an introduction/overview to your ePortfolio
  • instructions for accessing the artifacts
    • if the artifact is not self-running give instructions on viewing the artifact

Information about you:

  • your career goals
  • your philosophy of instructional technology, supported by references to concepts (quotes and paraphrases), theories, research or models in instructional technology
  • your vita/resume

Your 2 artifacts:

  • a working copy of each artifact
  • if the file is compiled, include both the compiled file and the working file (for example: a .swf file would be the compiled file and the .fla file would be the working file)
  • if there are two versions of the artifact (compiled and working) both should be linked to the ePortfolio

Information about your artifacts:

  • a brief abstract of each artifact
    • What kind of artifact is it – is it a tutorial? Is it a website? A video? An animation?
    • When was it done?
    • Which class was it done for?
    • Who was the instructor?
    • Who is the audience/students for it?
  • a rationale for the selection and description of each artifact – this should include:
    • Why did you choose it?
    • What technical skills did you learn by doing the artifact?
    • What original content or graphics did you create?
    • If it is a group project, discuss in detail your part in the project and name your group members. It is important that you clearly focus on your involvement in the project – what exactly did you do? What was your role, tasks, and responsibilities?
    • What are the highlights of each artifact?
    • Discuss one or two areas that could be improved – if you did this artifact over, what would you do differently?
    • How could the artifact be improved?
  • a 6-8 page (double spaced) formal, theoretically based write-up for each artifact and should include:
    • a discussion on how your artifact was developed (the instructional design process)
    • the theoretical basis for this artifact
    • a discussion on how the artifact exemplifies, applies, and integrates the important concepts/theories/research/ID models
    • a discussion on its significance in relation to the MA program's concepts/theories/research/ID models and content
    • references in A.P.A. style
  • You need to submit four ePortfolios on attractively labeled CDs to our AASE office (Applied and Advanced Studies in Education, King Hall C2098) by Tuesday of the third week of the quarter that you are taking your comprehensive exam. The ePortfolio should include all files listed above, including all the files for navigation and introduction, information about you, the artifacts, and the files about the artifacts. One copy will be kept in the office as a record of your ePortfolio. The other three CDs will be given to your instructional technology faculty for their review. Your CDs should have attractive labeling with your name, quarter/year of your presentation, and MA degree option. CDs should be placed in sleeves or jewel cases.

Format & Due Date

  • The choice of format for the ePortfolio is up to you. The only requirement is that all files are to be included on the CD. This includes all supporting documents as mentioned above and all files needed to run the artifacts.
  • Submit your ePortfolio on four labeled CDs to the AASE office (due date will be announced at the Comps Exam Orientation Meeting.