Planning & Developing Your Public Portfolio
Your Public Portfolio is a public website that you will develop to further your post-graduation goals. It should be directed at a specific audience (e.g., employer or grad school admissions officer)—NOT your CxC Representative or your Faculty Advisor. It must showcase your knowledge of the field you are pursuing and your exceptional communication skills. Think of it as your online résumé and presentation of work samples. Identified in consultation with their DC faculty advisor, DC candidates will be asked to include the following materials in their public portfolio in addition to any other materials the DC advisor identifies as important for the student’s professional trajectory:
- Demonstration of exemplary multimodal communication skills within the discipline
- Experiential Learning: incorporated narrative of practice and application of disciplinary communication skills outside of the classroom (e.g., internship, study abroad, service-learning, co-ops, research)
- Leadership Communication: incorporated narrative of practice and application of leadership communication skills outside the classroom (must be different from you experiential learning narrative)
- Well-developed LinkedIn profile
- Downloadable, print-ready résumé
As you put together your portfolio, you should use the Final Assessment Rubric to critique the evolution of your portfolio. The goal is to receive a rating of ‘outstanding’ during the final certification review.
Building a Better Public Portfolio
While the design and content of your public portfolio is completely dictated by you and your intended audience, there are several things CxC encourages you to consider while planning and building your public portfolio. To see tips to build a better portfolio, click here.
The first step in developing your Public Portfolio is to draft a plan. You should do this by completing the Public Portfolio Plan with your faculty advisor. This is an electronic document allowing you to continue to review and edit your plan. After you have a solid plan, use that to work through the process of developing a great portfolio. Remember to consult your CxC Representative and Faculty Advisor throughout this process.