In Module 8 you will create a page that lists the courses you completed for your degree program and some details about them. You can think about this page as a narrative transcript that explains your progression through your program.

We dug this video out of some old archives and totally didn’t rip it off from a 1925 silent film classic. Even though it was filmed decades before the capstone course began, it’s amazingly prescient in the way that it describes a great way to think about your annotated transcript. If there’s anything that it doesn’t clear up, though, feel free to contact us with any questions.

You may choose to take care of your Tech Check during this module. You need to complete your Tech Check before the end of Module 10.

Activities in this module are due by July 10th (at or before 11:59pm Eastern Time). We encourage you to begin early in the week – it is not possible to complete the entire module at the last minute.


Why list and describe all my courses?

The annotated transcript fulfills a program requirement for graduation – it is where we look to assess your course background and certify the completion of the Master of Arts in Educational Technology (MAET) or Master of Arts in Education (MAED) program. Gathering all of this information in one place and synthesizing the impact of each course will hopefully help you develop an appreciation for the unique way that your master’s degree experience has played out. [Read more about it here]

What are some exemplary Annotated Transcripts?

If you’re looking for inspiration for this Mission, check out the links below. Each of these links represents an example of this Mission from a previous semester that was done well and that you should feel free to emulate. However, that doesn’t mean that these examples are perfect, so please don’t copy them.

Please also keep in mind that we tweak our Mission requirements from semester to semester. These portfolios, while exemplary, might not reflect our current requirements or emphasize the same things that we focus on this semester. When in doubt, check the Mission descriptions or ask us!

Any additional resources?

This video in the Web Design for Professional Portfolios series will give you some overall advice on how to make sure that your Capstone Portfolio is readable.

🔗Mission 1

image of binoculars to signify the overview

Overview—Your Annotated Transcript

The Annotated Transcript is a specific page in your portfolio that lists all the courses you have taken (or, in some cases, plan to take) for your master’s program. This includes any transfer courses as well as courses taken for your student teaching internship, if applicable. It should also include the Capstone Course. In addition to courses, it should include when the course was taken (years and semesters), who the instructors were, and a brief explanation (4-6 sentences) of what you covered, learned, and did throughout the course. Complete this Mission by doing each of the following concrete steps:

Collect past course information

Typically, ten courses (30 credits) are required for your master’s degree, so we would expect to see all ten listed on your annotated transcript page along with the semester and year that you took each course (or plan to take it).

One wealth of information about your academic history is http://stuinfo.msu.edu/. Through that page, you can view your transcript, which contains a record of the courses you took and and when you took them.

Additionally, the schedule of courses at http://schedule.msu.edu/ may contain information missing from STUINFO

Please do not contact the MAED or MAET coordinator to ask them this information—use STUINFO or http://schedule.msu.edu/!

Consider the grading criteria

As you design your page, please use the following standards of excellence to guide your work. These represent the particular criteria that your instructors will be looking for and giving feedback on in this Mission. These standards form the basis of our full grading rubric, on which we base our end of the semester assessment of portfolios.

  • Layout and Organization: Are the layout, organization, and (if included) multimedia of your transcript page engaging and effective?
  • Semesters and Years: Does your transcript include the semester and year that each course was taken?
  • Course Titles and Numbers: Does your transcript include course titles in all entries?
  • Course Instructors: Does your transcript include (correct) names and titles for instructors in all classes?
  • Course Descriptions: Does your transcript include course descriptions that are of the appropriate length (4-6 sentences) and quality?

Common issues

  • Remember that people outside your program or workplace might not understand all the terms and acronyms you use. It’s always a good idea to “spell out” an acronym the first time you use it, and you should also consider defining terms that aren’t commonly used.
  • Ideally, you’ll know who’s a “Dr.” and who isn’t and what everyone’s first name is. However, while it’s less ideal, simply being consistent (e.g. no “Dr.’s” or first names altogether) is better than being incorrect.
  • Because of the focus of this page, we strongly recommended not adding any work samples or links to work samples on this page. We suggest that you add these and other work samples to your showcase.

Make it professional and accessible

  • Include all courses: Your transcript should have all of the courses that are part of your program.
  • No official course descriptions: Yes, someone has already described this course, but we want to read your description of what you covered and learned in your voice.

🔗Mission 2

Post in Piazza

For this module, please post the following to Piazza:

  • A link to the Annotated Transcript you created for Module 8 and
  • One healthy paragraph about your choices in creating your Annotated Transcript, how you felt about your course descriptions, what you’re proud of in your Annotated Transcript, and what you could use some help with on your Annotated Transcript.

Important – Powerup 2 Ideally Finished

We have recommended that your second Powerup be finished this week, so if you haven’t yet, please do it soon! Follow the directions below for how to post about your Powerup.

Posting your Powerups in Piazza

If you have completed a new Powerup then post about it in Piazza by doing the following:

  • Go to your house in Piazza
  • If this is your first Powerup, find the post called “Powerup #1!”, if this is your second Powerup find “Powerup #2!”, and if this is your third (or fourth, or fifth…) find “Powerup #3!”.
  • Post a reply to the post with the following
    • The Web address of your Powerup.
    • A paragraph explaining why you chose to complete this particular Powerup.
    • If this is your second or third Powerup, please include how you see it relating to previous Powerups and the overall shape and development of your portfolio.
    • Anything you’d like your housemates to pay particular attention to.

Just as for our regular weekly postings, give feedback to two others. Give preference to those who have little or no feedback yet (of course, this is all subject to the Bonuses and Bummers Policy).

How to post in Piazza (in brief)

If you need a hand posting to Piazza, use the “Class Discussion” links on the right hand side of the page to go directly to your house’s discussion space on Piazza, find the correct discussion for this module, read the directions carefully, and post. More detailed instructions are available here.


Grading rubric for this module

Each Mission in this course is important for developing your abilities to design and implement your portfolio. Recall that there are 100 total points assigned in this course; the specific Mission(s) in this module will count towards your grade as follows:

  • (1 point) – Initial Post – Posting about your Mission as described in Piazza. Up to one point will be awarded based upon the completeness of your initial Piazza post.
  • (1 point) – Providing Feedback – Up to one point will be awarded based upon the quality and completeness of your feedback to two of your peers. [Keep in mind our “Bonuses and Bummers” policy.]
  • (2 points) – Tech Check – Carry out your Tech Check before the end of Module 10. To learn more, see our Tech Check information.

Advice and help about course grades

  • Learn how to check grades in the course by reading this helpful guide.
  • Check grades early and often! This will help you understand your progress in the course and will help us correct any errors as soon as possible.
  • Pay attention to how each module is graded. We provide details about the grading rubric for each module.
  • Understand the late work policy. If you know you’re going to be late, contact us ahead of time and ask for a (reasonable) extension. Otherwise, work is accepted up to 48 hours late with 1/2 credit. The full policy is detailed in the syllabus.
  • The full grading policy is detailed in the syllabus.


Powerups information

In addition to the weekly modules and components that we walk you through, each portfolio is required to have a number of Powerups. These Powerups are features, technologies, or pages that you add to your portfolio based upon what best suits you and your audience.

Keep in mind that you will have to add three Powerups to your portfolio before the course is over. We recommend the following timing to stay on track with Powerups. While there are no points or late penalty associated with this timing, it is in your best interest to try to stick to it in order to stay on pace to successfully complete the course.

  • First Powerup – Complete by the end of Module 5
  • Second Powerup – Complete by the end of Module 8
  • Third Powerup – Complete by the end of Module 11

More details about Powerups, including a list of all possible Powerups and full details on the timing of Powerups, is available here.

Recommended Powerups

If you’ve completed this Mission early or if the theme of this module is particularly important for your portfolio, we encourage you to start thinking about Powerups that are related to this module’s work. We think the following ones fit particularly well with what you’re currently working on:

  • Gallery of Links—This Powerup will walk you through creating fully synthesized gallery of links which can support your transcript.
  • Professional Transcript—This will allow you to showcase and highlight other training or professional development experiences you have had.