Comprehensive Exams

The ETEC program offers three different options for students’ culminating experience. Students can choose one option among MA Project, Thesis, and Comps Exam as of Winter 2008 quarter. Starting at Winter 2016, the examination will be administered online.

The following details the information about Comps exam option.

Logistics

In order to take Comps exam, students must be advanced to candidacy, pass e-portfolio evaluation and defense, complete grad check, and be enrolled in ETEC999 in their last quarter.
  1. Submit Program Plan Form to your advisor. [Advanced to Candidacy: Completing writing requirment, ETEC 500, 543, 544 and 643 (can be replaced by EDUC 607)] One-two quarters before your graduation. 
  2. Pass e-Portfolio evaluation and defense. [e-Portfolio Submission Form] 
  3. File for Grad Check in the quarter to be enrolled in ETEC999. [Grad Check Website] After submitting your Program Plan, file for a graduation check one-two quarters before your graduation. 
  4. Complete the Exit Survey 
  • 48 units requirement
  • May take it twice
  • ETEC542D: Preparation for the exam (optional)
  • Dates: Visit COE Masters Office web page for dates 
  • 4 Questions and 4 hours

Sample Questions

Foundation:

  • Describe your technology vision in relation to your educational philosophy based on learning theories and how you would use technology to support your vision of how people learn.
  • Instructional Design and Technology has been used in various setting (K-12 schools, higher education, business, military, and health care). Select a setting of your choice. Describe a future direction of Instructional Design and Technology in the setting of your choice.
  • If you had the choice of the IT era you would live, be a part of and become a leader in the field, which one would you choose and why? Discuss highlights, challenges, vision, influential leaders, dreams, as well as disappointments, missed opportunities, and failures of the era.

Design/development:

Select one of the best design/development projects you have produced.

  • Describe what the project was about, whom the project was for, why you developed the project, and how the project was constructed.
  • Describe your design principles and model, rationale of media selection, learning theories, and your educational philosophy relevant to the project.
  • Describe your evaluation process and illustrate how you would revise the project.
  • Describe how the project and experience affect your professional practice.
  • Describe the ADDIE process and explain the important aspects of each stage.
A common task instructional designers are asked to do is to develop online training for various purposes. Choose one of the following training objectives and explain the instructional design process you would use to create an online training module to achieve the objective:
  1. Waxing a floor
  2. Completing an employment application.
  3. Writing lesson plans.
  4. Using Blackboard to place a syllabus online.

Research:

Select one of the best research studies you have conducted.

  • Describe the statement of problem, subjects, research questions, research methods, data collection and analysis, and results.
  • Explain why you select the research methods for the study and describe some literature that served as foundation of your study.
  • Describe limitations of the study and illustrate how you would do it differently if you would do it again.
  • Describe how the research study and experience affect your professional practice.
  • How do researchers ensure protection of human subjects in their experiments?
  • What are the differences between qualitative and quantitative research? What is action research? What are some of the reasons a researcher would choose one over the other?
  • If you were asked to research the effectiveness of a particular teaching strategy, how would you design the study?
  • Be sure to identify key stages in your research process.
  • Recalling and discussing the major works of a notable individual in the field.
  • Producing an historical overview of a particular topic such as machine aided learning.
  • Discussing a learning theory and how it has influenced or how it relates to instructional technology.
  • Discussing an Instructional Design Model and providing an example of the model in a specific development task, e.g. the ADDIE model and how it is used to develop a training program for developing a performance support system for substitute teachers.
  • Relating salient details of a particular Instructional Design process with which you have been involved.
  • Discussing major research focuses in Instructional Technology e.g. Online Learning and the No Significant
  • Difference Phenomenon.
  • Relating salient details of a particular research project with which you have been involved.
  • A discussion of a particular technology and its use in teaching and or learning, e.g. Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) technologies and their use for collaborative team projects in online classes.

Technology Skills:

  • Name three technology skills that you have mastered, identify the skills in your project(s), and describe how you applied (or will apply) the skills to your professional practice.
  • Explain your level of technology skills development and describing your method for learning new technologies.

Recommended Readings

  • Anglin, G. J. (1995). Instructional technology: Past, present, and future. 2nd ed. Englewood, CO: Libraries Unlimited.
  • Reiser, R.A. & Dempsey, J.V. (2007). Trends and issues in instructional design and technology. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Merrill Prentice Hall.
  • Piskurich, G.M. (2006). Rapid instructional design: Learning ID fast and right. (2nd Ed.). San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass/Pfeiffer. ISBN-10: 0787980730
  • Jonassen, D., Howland, J., Moore, J., & Marra, R. (2007). Meaningful learning with technology (3rd ed.). Upper Saddle River, New Jersey: Prentice Hall.
  • Cuban, L. (2001). Oversold and underused: Reforming schools through technology, 1980-2000. Cambridge MA: Harvard University Press.