M. Vitale, CSD Ver 002, 10-24-13

Instructions for Using TPA-TOOLS

Overview

This web-based tool provides a guide for teacher education candidates completing an edTPA task. In addition, this tool also provides support for faculty/instructors whose undergraduate teacher education students/candidates are engaged in edTPA practice exercises in preparation for their formal edTPA task.

This web-based tool consists of 8 major steps and 12 sub-steps that provide a systematic framework for the general design of a 3-5 day edTPA learning sequences. In using the web-based tool, students report their status (start-completion dates) and a brief description of how they are addressing each step. In addition, for edTPA practice sessions, candidates have an option of entering questions or identifying problems for review by faculty/instructors. At any point of completion of the multi-step edTPA development process, students are able to print out the status of their work using a choice of formats showing different degrees of detail.

The web-based tool also provides support to faculty/instructors supervising edTPA practice tasks by teacher education students/candidates implemented as a component of their undergraduate teacher education courses. Engaging undergraduate candidates in such edTPA practice tasks is a key element in preparation for successful performance on the formal edTPA task. In support of faculty/instructor supervision, the web-based tool provides access to information regarding course or individual student/candidate progress on the multi-step tool. Using the web-based tool, faculty/instructors are able to monitor the progress of their class as a whole or obtain detailed information on specific candidates, specific steps, or specific candidates on specific steps.

Note- All of the preceding information is detailed in the “Rationale” material accessible on the Student Log In or Instructor Log In page of the web-based tool. These instructions addresses the specific operations for using the web-based tool for student/candidates and for faculty/instructors.

Student/Candidate Operational Details

With the exception of student or project-specific information that must be typed in as text, the web-based tool uses dropdown menus or buttons for general operations. Also, using the “Arrows” on the upper left of different pages allows returns to previous pages.

The four major pages in the web-based tool for students are (1) the Initial Page, (2) the Project Page, (3) the Step Page, and (4) the Report Page. The following outlines the operational details for the different project pages.

  1. Initial page. The initial page provides candidates/students with the opportunity to log in if they have registered or, if not, to register to use the tool. A dropdown menu on the upper right or a buttons on the lower left of the screen allow students to register. Once registered, students will receive an email confirming their registration and are able to Log In to the tool via the User Name and Password provided by them. Note- the Student Profile button (top right) allows student information to be edited.
  2. Project Page. Once students log in, they are presented with a Project Page. The project page allows them to create new edTPA projects or to access any of the edTPA Projects they have created previously.

    Adding New Projects. New projects are created using the Add New Project Button on the Project Page. After choosing this button, the web-based tool will request the following project information:

    Name of Project. (Whatever name the student chooses should be entered).

    Year. The year the project is to be used selected via a dropdown menu.

    University. Here either None or a specific University can be selected via a dropdown menu.

    None- should be selected if a student is using the web-based tool independently (i.e., not as part of a university course). This is appropriate also if the project is development of the formal edTPA task.

    University- should be selected if the project is an edTPA practice exercise that is linked to a specific instructor and course. Note: If a specific university is selected, then the following information will be requested via a series of dropdown menus.

    Term. Semester in which the edTPA task will be done in the course.

    Instructor, Course Name/Number/Section. Note- the instructor must have previously registered the course section in order for this information to be available.

    If the instructor/course/section information is not available, then this information can be added to the project at a later time using the Proj. Desc. option on the Project Action Pages.

    To create the project just click on Create. Once created, the tool will return to the Project Page.

    Selecting and Using Projects.The Project Page is the focus of all web-based project activities. All created projects are listed on the Project Page Display (Project Name, University, Instructor, Term, Year, Course Name/Number, Section, Project Action Pages). If the project is not linked to a university, instructor, course, or section, these cells will be blank).

    Project Action Pages.The selections in the Project Action Pages allow access to the project activities and provide management support as follows:

    Steps. If Steps is selected, the web-based tool displays the Step Page to allow project information to be entered or edited.

    Reports. If Reports is selected, then options for the Types of Report are presented.

    Proj. Desc. If Proj. Desc. (Project Description) is selected, then all of the descriptions of the project can be edited or added. Specifically, Proj. Desc. is how instructor and course information can be added to the project description to link the project to an instructor/course/section if that information was not available when the project was created.

    Delete. If Delete is selected, a follow up dialog box will ask for confirmation of this selection. If confirmed, the project will be deleted.

  3. Step Page.The Step Page is accessed from the Project Page. The Step Page shows the major steps and sub-steps for the project. By clicking on a Step or Sub-Step heading, students are presented with a data entry page in which they briefly enter the step information for their project, indicate the Start or Completion date for the Step, and/or indicate notes, problems, or help needed for the Step. All of the information entered for each Step is accessible to faculty/instructors if the project has been linked to a specific instructor/course/section.

    Once entered, the information must be saved using the Save button at the bottom of the page. After saving the information, the web-based tool will return to the Step Page. If Cancel is selected, the new information entered at that time will not be saved (previously entered information will not be affected) and the web-based tool will return to the Step Page.

    Notes- The grade level of the project can only be designated on the Step 1 page. Any content entered for a specific step can be edited by returning to the Step Page and selecting the Step to be edited.
    For major steps that have sub-steps (Steps 2, 4, 5, and 7), all sub-steps must be reported as completed before the overall step can be reported as completed. (If this is not done, the tool will note this to student users.)

  4. Report Page. The Report Page is accessed from the Project Page. The Report Page shows the different types of reports available to students. These are:

    Summary View.The Summary View report format is the same as the Step Page. Each of steps and sub-steps is listed and the status (Not Started, In Progress, Completed) shown for each.

    As a report option, specific steps can be selected or unselected for a Summary View Report.

    Initially, all steps are selected and are shown in green circles in a heading to indicate they will be included in the report. These will be shown below the selection heading.

    To make specific selections, click on Select/Unselect All. This will result in all the steps being circled in red to indicate they will not be included in the report. Then clicking on specific red circled steps will change the red circle to green for inclusion in the report. The process of repeated clicking will allow the specific step number to be changed from red to green to red as desired. As specific steps are selected or unselected, they will appear below the heading.

    Once the selections are final, then the report can be printed by selecting Print Page on the right margin above the heading.

    Detailed View. The Detailed View report shows the individual pages on which information has been entered for a specific step. These are the pages previously accessed from the Step Page.

    The Detailed View report operates just like the Detailed View, with the exception that the information reported for each step is much longer. As a result, it is important consider limiting the specific step(s) included in the Detailed View report because of the possible length.

    List View. The List View Report overviews the project by summarizing the status of all of the steps and sub-steps in a spreadsheet-like format. Steps and sub-steps form rows and the step/sub-step information (Step Focus, Date Started, Date Complied, Optional Notes, Problems, Help Needed) form columns.

    The List View Report can be printed by selecting Print Page on the right margin.

Faculty/Instructor Operational Details

The purpose of the web-based tool is to support faculty/instructors monitoring the progress of students in their course(s) who are engaged in practice edTPA projects. In general, the web-based tool uses dropdown menus or buttons for general operations. Also, using the “Arrows” on the upper left of different pages allows returns to previous pages.

The three major pages in the web-based tool for instructors are (1) the Initial Page, (2) the Instructor Course Page, and (3) the Course Reports Page. The following outlines the operational details for the different project pages.

  1. Initial page. The initial page provides instructors with the opportunity to log in if they have registered or, if not, to register to use the tool. A dropdown Log In menu on the upper right allows instructors to Log In. If not registered, a dropdown Register menu will allow instructors to register. Once registered, instructors will receive an email confirming their registration and are able to Log In to the tool via the User Name and Password provided by them. Note- the Instructor Profile button (top right) after Log In allows instructor information to be edited.
  2. Instructor Course Page. Once instructors log in, they are presented with an Instructor Course Page. The instructor course page allows them to enter the course/section and other information that allows students in a specific course/section to link their edTPA practice projects to that course/section. In turn, the project-course linkage allows the instructor to access the project information for students in the designated course/section.

    Adding a New Course. New projects are created using the Add New Course Button on the Instructor Course Page. After choosing this button, the web-based tool will request the following project information:

    Name of Course. Short informal title is recommended.

    Year. The year of the course in which the edTPA project is to be done (via a dropdown menu).

    University. The university through which the course is offered (via dropdown menu).

    Term. Semester in which the edTPA task will be done in the course (via dropdown menu).

    Course Name/Number. Official catalog course identifier used by university for student course registration (e.g., EDUC 4400) is recommended.

    Section. Section of course used by university for student course registration (e.g., 3546) is recommended.

    To create the project just click on Create. Once created, the tool will return to the Instructor Course Page.

    Selecting and Using Course Information. The Instructor Course Page is the focus of all web-based instructor activities. All created courses are listed on the Instructor Course Page (Course, University, Term, Year, Course Name/Number, Section, Course Action Page).

    Course Action Page. The selections in the Course Action Page allow access to course-based instructor monitoring activities as follows:

    Course Reports. If Course Reports is selected, then options for the Types of Reports are presented.

    Course Profile. If Course Profile is selected, then all elements in the description of the course can be edited.

    Delete. If Delete is selected, a follow up dialog box will ask for confirmation of this selection. If confirmed, the course will be deleted.

  3. Course Report Page. The Course Reports Page is accessed from the Instructor Course Page. The Course Reports Page shows the two different types of reports available to instructors. These are:

    Detailed View. The Detailed View report shows the individual pages on which students have entered information for specific steps. As a report option, specific students or steps can be selected or unselected.

    Selecting Students. Initially, all students are selected. To make specific student selections, click on Select/Unselect All Students. This will result in a series of check boxes (1 box for each student in the course). Specific students can be selected/unselected by checking or unchecking their check boxes.

    Selecting Steps. Initially all steps are selected and are shown in green circles in a heading to indicate they will be included in the report.

    To make specific selections, click on Select/Unselect All. This will result in all the steps being circled in red to indicate they will not be included in the report. Then clicking on specific red-circled steps will change the red circle to green for inclusion in the report. The process of repeated clicking will allow the specific step number to be changed from red to green to red as desired. As specific steps are selected or unselected, they will appear below the heading.

    Once the selections are final, then the report can be printed by selecting Print Page on the right margin above the heading.

    List View Report. The List View Report for instructors overviews the status of completion (NS = Not Started, IP = In Progress, C = Completed) for each step and sub-step for each student in the course organized in a spreadsheet-like format. The format is organized by assigning students to rows and steps/sub-steps to columns.

    Because the List View format provides an efficient status report on student progress, it is useful to print directly by selecting Print Page on the right margin.

    List View Report Enhancements. As an enhancement to the List View Report format, instructors can easily access detailed reports for selected students and/or selected steps/sup-steps.

    Detailed reports for either individual students on all steps/sub-steps or for all students in the class on a specific step/sub-step can be selected by clicking on a student name (to highlight a row) or by clicking on a step/sub-step (to highlight a column). In addition, a detailed report for a specific student on a specific step/sub-step can be obtained by clicking an individual cell in the spreadsheet display.

    The selected detailed report pages can be printed by selecting Print Page on the right margin.

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