Reflections

Directions for Reflections

Artifact Reflections

You will create a separate page for each artifact developed in the selected seven Instructional Technology courses.  On each page, you need to include a description of the course and the project(s )that you created in that course. You will also include answers to the five questions that you have completed in each of your classes reflecting on the selected/ final project(s).  You can update your reflections if you feel that your perspective on creating each artifact has changed.

  1. Description of the artifact and its applications,

  2. Reflection statement (written during the course in which the artifact was created) related to the artifact

    • What was the context (the course, purpose, situation, etc.) in which this artifact was created?

    • What outcome(s) (ISTE standards) were you demonstrating in creating it? For each outcome, describe how the artifact addresses the indicators within the standard.

    • What challenge(s) did you encounter in creating this artifact? What did you learn from encountering this/these challenge(s), and how can you turn these challenges into opportunities in your current or future professional life?

    • What does this work show about you and your capabilities?

    • What did completing this work teach you about yourself as a 21st Century educator?

  3. Hyperlink to the artifact itself so your reader will be able to enjoy your work.

Standards Reflections

You will write a reflection for each standard. These reflections involve you discussing each standard and what it means to you and your professional career. You don’t need to segment your standard reflection into each of the benchmarks but you can mention them if they seem relevant. Individual pages will be created for each of the ISTE Standards you use. The ISTE Standards for Teachers includes five standards.  If you want to include some of the standards from the ISTE Standards for Coaches or ISTE Standards for Administration, you will need to include a reflection page for each of the standards.

Within these reflections, you will include links to the artifacts that you created that align with each specific standard. This reflection process should include the following components:

  1. Your personal definition of the standard.

  2. Identification of artifact(s) that align with that standard. (This doesn't mean just listing them. You should put these into context so that you are still telling the story that makes them relevant to that standard.)

  3. Explanation of how each artifact addresses the criteria of the standard. (A review of aligned indicators will assist you in completing this response).

This process must be completed for each specific standard.

Comprehensive Reflection

You will bring your journey to a close in your comprehensive reflection. This comprehensive reflection should include multiple facets of your story – What did you do? What did you read? How did you grow? How will this affect your future and the future of your students? Consider how you will describe your entire learning experience in UNI's Instructional Technology program.

This is where you can:

  • Look back upon your experiences and reflect; 

  • Discuss your entire experience, your areas of growth and professional goals; 

  • Include a “call to action” where you describe your future plans after you receive your IT master's degree; and

  • Cite the authors and publications that support your conclusions and were important to you.