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 2019, 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, but this will change beginning in Fall 2020. 

Launch Timeline

Seniors planning to graduate in FA 2019 will only need to create and submit a HOME page, but adding artifacts is optional although we encourage you to add at least one. 

Seniors planning to graduate in SP 2020 need to create a HOME page and add at least 1 artifact to your ePortfolio

Juniors planning to graduate in FA 2020 will need a HOME page and at least 2 artifacts.

Juniors planning to graduate in SP 2021 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 FA19/SP20 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. A professional picture (headshot/above the shoulders)

   b. Contact information

   c. A personal statement of professionalism (i.e., what it means to be a professional in your desired field)

   d. An electronic copy of your resume or curriculum vitae

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. View the artifact requirements for your specific track here.

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. 


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, add artifacts to, and submit your ePortfolio are available below.  Print instructions are available here.

Video Tutorials

Part 1: Creating Your ePortfolio

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Part 2: Adding Content to Your ePortfolio

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Part 3: Submitting Your ePortfolio

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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.

5.  Take a screen shot of the confirmation of your submission. 

5.  Forward that image to Academic Advising (advising@uccs.edu) so they can note that you have fulfilled this requirement. Please be sure to put COMM graduation requirement in the subject line so it is routed directly to your advisor.

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

           Fall semester (December 6)
           Spring semester (May 1)
           Summer semester (August 1)

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 (719) 255-8195 or jthorpe@uccs.edu for more information.