I have just started a long distance masters in special needs. Admittedly the university of my choice (not really my choice becuase there were limited options due to living abroad), isn't turning out to be quite as good as I would expect but I am surprised, and to be honest, a bit disappointed to find a huge onus on me to explicitly demonstrate that I am meeting the masters level criteria. I have to do a small scale research project for the first year but have to provide a vast portfolio which is 'evidence of my learning'. I am told, like for the portfolios when I qualified, this can be scribblings, notes, annotations etc etc, as well as the larger scale project that describes the project, the reasons behind it, and the reading and research gone in to it etc. It just all feels a bit infantile and I am fairly sure that in other academic masters level qualifications, the onus is on the university to damn well assess you to see if you have meet those criteria. I am happy to work to and to meet criteria, but to provide yet another folder full of sign posts 'here Mr Examiner, I know the law in relation to this area', rather than Mr Examiner noting from my disstertation that I know the law is just a bit depressing. Are all education masters like this? Will I find the same everywhere? Am I missing something? Surely the write up and the analysis of your research project is what counts, not the endless small pieces of paper along the way that got you there?