ePortfolio Graduation Requirement

ePortfolio Graduation Requirement

Effective Fall 2019, the Communication Department has replaced the Senior Exit Exam with an ePortfolio graduation requirement. The information below provides a summary of the ePortfolio model and guidelines

What is an ePortfolio?

Beginning in Fall 2019, the Communication department is replacing the Senior Exit Exam with an ePortfolio graduation requirement. An ePortfolio is an electronic version of a portfolio built within Canvas that provides a way to connect your knowledge with your professional goals by using course assignments or projects to demonstrate your skills and accomplishments. This also gives the Communication department a way to gauge the learning competencies of our students as they complete their degree in order to make improvements to the program.

Who is required to submit an ePortfolio?

As of Fall 2020, the only tracks that require an ePortfolio submission include: General COMM, Media Studies, Digital Filmmaking, and all branches of Professional COMM (Leadership, Strategic, and Organizational). An ePortfolio is not currently required for the Sports Communication and Online Communication track.

Launch Timeline

Juniors planning to graduate in FA2020 will need a HOME page and at least 2 artifacts.

Juniors planning to graduate in SP2021 will need a HOME page and at least 3 artifacts.

Freshmen and Sophomores should begin building their ePortfolios this year to ensure you have a complete ePortfolio by the end of their final semester.

Transfer students may be exempt from artifacts derived from certain lower division courses (1000/2000 level). Substitutions for any artifact will be handled on a case by case basis for the FA20/SP21 academic year. Contact Janice Thorpe jthorpe@uccs.edu to discuss possible alternatives.

What content is required in my ePortfolio?

All ePortfolios require the following sections (see note above for current Juniors and Seniors):

  1. Home Page This section should include:
    • A professional picture (headshot/above the shoulders)
    • Contact information- email, cell (Optional).  Do not include your physical address
    • A personal statement of professionalism (i.e., what it means to be a professional in your desired field)
    • An electronic copy of your resume or curriculum vitae (attach a file - do not paste the contents)
  2. Artifacts

    Artifacts are specific assignments or projects from your COMM coursework that demonstrate your learning. Several of your artifacts will likely come from an assignment in your Capstone course taken in your final semester.

    Artifacts could include (but are not limited to) written assignments, recorded presentations, PowerPoint presentations, copies of publications, writings, or drawings, newspaper articles written about a project, letters confirming your participation with service organizations, and/or photos of items built or created along with certification that the item pictured was original work.

    Each Communication track has its own set of requirements for learning competencies and required artifacts. Strategic Comm majors should follow the same guidelines and Organizational Communication.  See the list below for your specific track:

    General Communication track
    Digital Filmmaking track
    Media Studies track
    Organizational/Strategic Communication track
    Leadership track

    Note: One artifact may demonstrate several objectives, and more than one artifact could be used for one objective. Since this is a new process, and we want to be sure you have the opportunity to submit your best work, substitutions are possible for both the Written and Oral Communication artifacts. Please contact the Assessment Director jthorpe@uccs.edu to discuss your options at least 2 weeks before you intend to submit your ePortfolio.

  3. Reflection Essays

    Reflection essays encourage you to think about what you’ve learned and how you learned it. Your reflections should be approximately ½-1 page each and should describe how your artifact demonstrates your competency of that learning objective. Place the Reflection Essay in the Text editor on the same page as your artifact (do not create a separate Canvas page).

How do I create my ePortfolio?

Students will build their ePortfolios in Canvas. You can begin at any time and add assignments as you complete them.

You can access your individual ePortfolio from Canvas by selecting Account ePortfolios-Create an ePortfolio from the Navigation panel. Video tutorials covering how to set up and submit your ePortfolio are available below. Click here for the Instruction Manual.

Video Tutorials

Part 1: Creating Your ePortfolio

Video thumbnail. &quotPart 1: Creating Your ePortfolio"

Part 2: Adding Content to Your ePortfolio

Instructions for adding content have been revised, so please read carefully -Adding Content. If you have an immediate question, please contact Janice Thorpe at jthorpe@uccs.edu.

Part 3: Submitting Your ePortfolio

Video thumbnail. &quotPart 3: Submitting Your ePortfolio"

When is my ePortfolio due?

  1. Schedule a Senior Audit appointment and apply for graduation the semester before you plan to graduate.
  2. Shortly after you apply for graduation, you will receive an invitation (via your UCCS email) to self-enroll in the COMM ePortfolio course.
  3. Accept the invitation to the COMM ePortfolio course.
  4. Submit the link to your ePortfolio to COMM ePortfolio on Canvas whenever you have all of the required artifacts, but at least 14 days before graduation.  DO NOT submit a link to your own personal website, but follow the instructions to build an ePortfolio within Canvas.
  5. Take a screen shot of the confirmation of your submission.
  6. Forward that image to Janice Thorpe (jthorpe@uccs.edu). Please be sure to put COMM graduation requirement in the subject line.  Once we have verified you have set up and submitted your ePortfolio correctly, we will forward your name to Advising so they can note completion of this requirement on your degree audit.

Be sure you have submitted your ePortfolio by the deadlines below.

  • Summer (2020) semester (August 1
  • Fall (2020) semester (December 4)
  • Spring (2021) semester (April 30)

Note: You must complete a Senior Audit and apply for graduation PRIOR TO submitting an ePortfolio.

It may take up to 2 weeks for your ePortfolio submission to be updated in your DARS report. If you do not submit your ePortfolio at least 14 business days prior to the end of the semester in which you intend to graduate,you will not receive an official transcript until this requirement has been fulfilled. You can still walk in the graduation ceremony, but an official transcript will not be available until you have completed this last step. Please plan accordingly.

How will my ePortfolio be assessed?

All submitted ePortfolios will be assessed once the semester has concluded. The track-specific rubrics below can be used as a guide for the specific criteria for each learning objective and associated competency levels. Assessment of your ePortfolio has no impact on course grade or GPA.We will only use this information to improve our curriculum and instruction.

Rubrics for ePortfolio Evaluation

General Communication

Media Studies

Digital Filmmaking

Professional Communication


If you have any questions or concerns about the ePortfolio, your track requirements, or artifacts, please contact the Assessment Director, Janice Thorpe, at jthorpe@uccs.edu for more information.