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IDT 496 Senior Portfolio
IDT majors develop a capstone portfolio with resume, class annotations, projects, project annotations, and a reflection paper. The presentation format of the portfolio can include more than one delivery system such as CD-ROM, WWW, electronic presentation, video, or print.
The portfolio should contain a minimum of four substantial projects produced while enrolled in a minimum of four IDT classes. These projects should be selected to support the student's statement of career goals and not to document course work in IDT. These projects should be of professional quality-- clean, well organized, and craftsman-like. Students may have to extend or polish class projects prior to using them in a portfolio.
The portfolio should also contain supporting information (annotation for each project), which should include:
- General information about each project (e.g., dates and semester when the project was done);
- Conditions under which the project was completed; and
- The student's role and contribution, etc.
The reflection paper should describe the student's personal sense of progress and professional development from the inception of the program to the present. This paper should discuss how the student's course work has fostered the development of his/her professional and career goals.
The paper should also discuss courses that were most helpful with a rationale for why the courses were beneficial. The paper must be a minimum of four pages long and meet the following criteria:
- Clearly written and logically organized;
- Orderly presentation of ideas and smoothness of expression; and
- Demonstrate proficiency in written communication skills.
Two IDT faculty members will be randomly assigned by the Department Undergraduate Curriculum Committee to evaluate the student's Senior Portfolio using the IDT Senior Exit Assessment Form. This assessment will be conducted before the last three weeks of the semester.